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The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
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Jun 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: asia, biography-memoir, contemporary, india

5 stars, not as much for quality of writing but out of respect for subject matter and courage of western author to immerse himself in the sometimes appalling realities of slum life. He brings both harshness and simple, splendid humanity to life for those of us who cannot imagine such a vastly different type of existence.
I place this in the same category as such novels like "Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill, "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry, & "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosay, in that they vividly portray parts places or times of world history/reality that everyone should learn about since we all share in ramifications/aftereffects of what took (or is taking) place.
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