City of God

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The place: an all-too-real and unreal city on the brink of the millennium. Impelled by a gangsta rap recorded by a mysterious figure named Coda, a young black man kills two police officers with C-4-tipped bullets in a moment of surreal violence. The murder sets off a wave of rioting that envelops the city in a terrifying vortex. As the city burns and the police pursue their man, conspiracy theories abound, sleaze merchants and con artists of every stripe scramble to cash in, the gangsta rap soars to the top of ...
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We mail daily and email you the USPS Tracking# !! HARDCOVER, Fine/Fine, W W Norton & Co Inc, 1995, 1ST, 100 pages, 1.3 in. H x 9.3 in. L x 6.3 in. W, 25.6 oz.. This copy has ... no signs of use, is in Excellent Condition Overall. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The place: an all-too-real and unreal city on the brink of the millennium. Impelled by a gangsta rap recorded by a mysterious figure named Coda, a young black man kills two police officers with C-4-tipped bullets in a moment of surreal violence. The murder sets off a wave of rioting that envelops the city in a terrifying vortex. As the city burns and the police pursue their man, conspiracy theories abound, sleaze merchants and con artists of every stripe scramble to cash in, the gangsta rap soars to the top of the charts - and all of it is being broadcast on XXN, the omnipresent media entity. The characters in City of God must struggle to find love and redemption in a world where the lines between television and reality blur into an electronic/virtual reality hall of mirrors. The revolution may not have been televised, but now the apocalypse will be available on pay-per-view.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sometime in the very near future, according to this overly familiar dystopian vision, there will be two societies-the underclass and overclass-living in essentially separate, though geographically identical, cities. (The book's title refers to St. Augustine and his city famously divided between the faithful and the damned.) The poor in this gritty metropolis are lost and unhappy, strung out on crack or heroine, addicted to mind-numbing TV and shockingly desensitized to violence. The privileged stay mostly in their suburban neighborhoods or depraved clubs and blithely make decisions that ruin thousands. A boy from the 'hood, inspired by a mysterious rap singer, goes a little crazy and takes out a couple of cops; then the entire 'hood goes a bit mad and starts rioting. A tough black cop and a hard-working white ADA try to track the killer through his essentially harmless buddy. Standing in their way is a sleazy public defender who manages to sell his position as the boy's attorney to the city's monolithic TV station as part of a live special on the crisis. These tired situations and obvious characters, to make matters worse, are woven into a plot whose twists are tipped off time and again. And that's a shame, since Grimes is a strong stylist who can at times write with real heat-albeit not enough to warm most readers to this clichd, disappointing yarn. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393037890
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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