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The City of Joy

by Dominique Lapierre

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One day in Calcutta a rickshaw puller took internationally bestselling author Dominique Lapierre to one of the poorest and most over-populated areas of this haunting city, where five million people live out their lives on the streets. The district was called Anand Nagar -- the City of Joy -- and being there would change the writer's life forever. At the heart of this extremely poor community, Lapierre found more heroism, more love, more sharing, and ultimately, more happiness than in many a city of the affluent West. Above all, he was overwhelmed to discover that this seemingly inhuman place had the magical power to produce heroes and heroines of all ages and from all walks of life. For Calcutta is the home not only of such saints as Mother Teresa, but also of countless other inspiring people, who are ordinary and completely unknown.… (more)
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Regalo di Alberto, con dedica
  marisamo | May 20, 2022 |
Poverty-and-disease porn. Horrible horrible white-supremacist book. ( )
  nandiniseshadri | Jul 12, 2020 |
Quite engaging. You can't get it out of your mind when you finish. Which is actually a good thing in this case. Recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Jan 15, 2020 |
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Dominique Lapierreprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kleray Imberciadori, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spink, KathrynTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Alles, was nicht verschenkt wird, ist verloren
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Für Tâtou, Gaston,
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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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One day in Calcutta a rickshaw puller took internationally bestselling author Dominique Lapierre to one of the poorest and most over-populated areas of this haunting city, where five million people live out their lives on the streets. The district was called Anand Nagar -- the City of Joy -- and being there would change the writer's life forever. At the heart of this extremely poor community, Lapierre found more heroism, more love, more sharing, and ultimately, more happiness than in many a city of the affluent West. Above all, he was overwhelmed to discover that this seemingly inhuman place had the magical power to produce heroes and heroines of all ages and from all walks of life. For Calcutta is the home not only of such saints as Mother Teresa, but also of countless other inspiring people, who are ordinary and completely unknown.

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