City of Joy

City of Joy

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by Dominique Lapierre
     
 

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Made into a movie starring Patrick Swayze, this is the inspiring story of an American doctor who experienced a spiritual rebirth in an impoverished section of Calcutta.

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Made into a movie starring Patrick Swayze, this is the inspiring story of an American doctor who experienced a spiritual rebirth in an impoverished section of Calcutta.

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Library Journal
What irony that one of Calcutta's most devastating slums should be known as Anand Nagar, ``the City of Joy.'' By interweaving impressionistic glimpses from the lives of a French priest, a rickshaw driver, and an American doctor, Lapierre creates a searing vision of the struggle for survival, the flashing violence, and the social and cultural practices of the slum. His theme that from human misery can emerge joy might seem to some readers as a bogus acceptance of a terrible evil. Yet Lapierre's narrative slides skillfully in and out of both history and fiction to create an effective but horrible montage of disease, death, and destruction amid elements of charity, hope, and love. The City of Joy should elicit strong reactions from readers. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club alternates. John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant

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ISBN-13:
9780099140917
Publisher:
Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House
Publication date:
10/28/1992

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City of Joy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ajunatnyc More than 1 year ago
Read this book. You won't complain about things for a long time. The epilogue is particularly touching because you learn about what people were inspired to do after reading this book! I recommend it to everyone!
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Carlacp More than 1 year ago
This book may not make you want to travel to India but if you don't, this is the closest thing to the real experience that you'll find. The lives of the characters, their emotions and day-to-day routines get you into the mindset of Calcutta slum residents. Two of my daughters traveled to India and what they described seeing there exactly mirrors what I read in this book so I know it is accurate. Lapierre will inspire you to want to help the Indian people.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I HAVE NEVER READ A BOOK WITH AS MUCH EMOTIONAL IMPACT ON ME. I WISH EVERYONE WOULD READ THIS BOOK. YOU CANT HELP BUT HAVE A SOCIAL CONSCIOUNCE AFTER READING THIS.