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City of Joy (edition 1992)

by Dominique Lapierre

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Member:Mirthis
Title:City of Joy
Authors:Dominique Lapierre
Info:Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House (1992), Paperback, 544 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Calcutta, poverty, India. non-fiction

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The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre

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All that is not given is lost. I got lost and I found myself again reading this book. You'll learn to love India and its people. ( )
  Luli81 | Oct 24, 2010 |
"Living in the seeming hell of one of the poorest and most crowded quarters of Calcutta are the saints of today: saints such as Mother Teresa,, saints such as Stephan Kovalski, an unknown Polish Catholic priest who made his home there to care for the poorest of the poor, and Max Loeb, an American physician dedicated to fighting disease.

The City of Joy, the story of these saints, is a testament to the human spirit unbowed by the most wretched of circumstances".
  saraswati_library_mm | Mar 15, 2010 |
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.
  Corrientes | Feb 19, 2010 |
Great novel. I read it while I was in India and that makes it even more impressive ( )
  Koen1 | Oct 13, 2009 |
Reading this book really will make you laugh (a very small amount) and make you cry, as if someone has stabbed a knife into your stomach and is twisting it with each character that graces the pages. A fabulous insight into Indian slum living and the corruption and cruelty that accompanies power.

Similar to Eastern style in it's disjointedness (when compared with western novels) it will ease people into this style of writing whilst still allowing subjectiveness and a strong development of characters
1 vote coffeebookperfect | Feb 1, 2009 |
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Dominique Lapierreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lapierre, Dominiquemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kleray Imberciadori, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Alles, was nicht verschenkt wird, ist verloren
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Mit seinen gelockten schwarzen Strähnen, die ihm in die Stirn fielen und seitlich fast bis zu den hängenden Spitzen seines Schnurrbarts herunterreichten, mit seinem kurzen, gedrungen wirkenden Oberkörper, seinen muskulösen Armen und den sehnigen Reiterbeinen hätte er einer der alten Mogulkrieger sein können.
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Das Leben …
Das Leben ist eine Chance, nutze sie.
Das Leben ist schön, bewundere es.
Das Leben ist eine Wonne, koste sie.
Das Leben ist ein Traum, verwirkliche ihn.
Das Leben ist eine Herausforderung, nimm sie an.
Das Leben ist eine Pflicht, erfülle sie.
Das Leben ist ein Spiel, spiele es.
Das Leben ist kostbar, geh sorgsam damit um.
Das Leben ist Reichtum, bewahre ihn.
Das Leben ist Liebe, genieße sie.
Das Leben ist ein Rätsel, löse es.
Das Leben ist ein Versprechen, erfülle es.
Das Leben ist Traurigkeit, überwältige sie.
Das Leben ist ein Lied, singe es.
Das Leben ist ein Kampf, nimm ihn auf.
Das Leben ist eine Tragödie, stelle dich ihr.
Das Leben ist ein Abenteuer, wage es.
Das Leben ist Glück, behalte es.
Das Leben ist kostbar, zerstöre es nicht.
Das Leben ist Leben, erkämpfe es dir!
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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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Describes the author's personal experiences in the district of Anand Nagar in Calcutta where five million people live in the streets.

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