The City of Joy
The book told about the story of epic in a place called Anand Nagar or City of Joy. For Brother Stephan - a priest from Poland - came to this place made him to a suprise. He had to live in such filtry condition: a few water to share, bad sanition, etc. But, here, Stephan found the light of God that he seeked ...more
I finished this book in the Denver International airport between flights and cried my eyes out! Such a beautiful book, I recomend everyone to read it!
It certainly changed my perspective on a lot of things. Yes, it is a novel, but it's based on the author's experiences with Calcutta's poorest. For some odd reason, it made me very aware of just how dependent we are in the West o ...more
Though the setting is quite similar to largely explored themes in Indian movies and books by now, the sheer intensity of involvement of the main characters with the many heroes of the ...more
Even now, I'm still shocked reading this. The thing that terrified me most was the company buying and selling human bones.
And the cyclone that happened in this book reminds me so much of Nagis Cyclone that happened in my country, Myanmar in 2008. ...more
From a social standpoint, I was rep ...more
To say this book changed my life is too much of an understatement. This book warms my heart as much as it breaks my heart.
My dad is Indian but he's not from mainland India, so he belongs to 'Tribal India'. We stay in a small city which was popularly known in the old days (and until now) as "Scotland of the East" due to the fact that the weather is pretty pleasant here as compared to ...more
Sad story, very hard to read about the plight of these people. An interesting fact: Dominique LaPierre's wife is also named Domimique! ...more
This book turned out to be much much better than what I had expected. Recommended by my parents, City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre is the story about Anand Nagar, Calcutta, a slum full of the worst degradations that exist and home of some of the best people in the country. Lapierre spent 3 years researching for this book and it shows. He has captured the nuances of the Indian slum perfectly and managed to gauge India's myriad problems and solutions while employing the utmost object ...more
The City of Joy is a book that would plunge you into a vortex of bare reality filled with misery, abjection, hope and love. Finally, when you emerge from this whirlwind of experiences, your view on life would never be the same.
When I picked up this book to get a relief from the bunch of overwhelmingly high soaring books which I had been reading recently, little did I know that it was a cornucopia of humanity which would leave an everlastin...more
Much of the scenery of 1960s Calcutta was familiar to me as a tourist earlier this year to an entirely different part of India: the religious cacophony, the slum labor, the baksheesh, the festivals, the filth. Wild traffic, marigolds, eunuchs, kurtas and saris. Truly Kafkaesque ...more
Lapierre also shed light on the concept of community leadership as he wrote about Stephan Kovalski, a priest with the heart to serve the cause of the poor. Kolvaski managed to lead the poor because he gain their trust and respect with his sincerity to experience what the poor are experiencing, and to live with t ...more