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Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano
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Feb 10, 2010

it was ok
Read in February, 2010

Disappointing considering all the buzz that it got - probably 2.5 stars - but that might be partially an issue of translation; I can't really qualify this, but it often feels like the translator was too literal in transplanting every word into english, so that some of the style and descriptions that might have flowed in Italian doesn't quite pop here.

Also, I often more curious as to how the Camorra actually performed the operations he talked about. It's very important if they completely control the port, for example, but how do they control it? He talks about the bottom rung, the people on the street, and the top rung, the guys constantly on the run while they run operations and prosecute mob wars, but I didn't get much of a feel for the people in between, the middle managers who actually make a network run. That said, there is much in the book that is worthwhile, and Saviano is at his strongest when he talks about the moral gray areas that such a strong organized crime element has created. The Comorra are so deeply embedded in the functions of italian capitalism that everyone is kind of to blame, and Saviano addresses his own sense of outrage and guilt at that well.

The discussion of the Garment industry in the beginning of the book is probably the best all-around.
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João Sá Borges Interesting review! As many others which i've read here complaining about the translation, i'm having the same problem in Portuguese! Sometimes the phrases are poorly constructed, typos, seemingly literal translations and wrongly used terms. I wonder if all the publishers outside Italy made an effort to do poor translations or if it's really an original work issue...!

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