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Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano
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Aug 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction, tried-but-gave-up, crime
Read from August 29 to September 03, 2011

Having seen the movie first, I picked up the book because I wanted more background on each of the story threads portrayed in the movie. I read more than half of the book and realized that the movie makers had combed through the book and developed narratives that barely exist. Perhaps it is a poor translation, but this book did not strike me as a masterpiece. At times, the prose was little more than a listing names, and the efforts towards a transcendent style left me baffled. Of course the author deserves about 12 stars for bravery, but I could not force myself to finish this book.
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