Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years.
Saviano tells of huge cargoes of Chinese goods that are shipped to Naples and then quickly distributed unchecked across Europe. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates the chilling details of how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia.
In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer, as a waiter at a Camorra wedding, and on a construction site. A native of the region, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of 14 and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an 18-year-old victim who had been left for dead in the street.
Gomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance, one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.
©2006 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., Milan; (P)2007 Tantor
Well, I knew nothing about the Mob in Italy until I lisened to this book. This is a great book translated from Italian. It gives a clear insight into how organized crime is influencing many aspects of life across the world. It is read well and will keep anyone even marginally interested in the topic listening. IT is disturbing, exciting, informative, and raw. The reader had my earlobes in his hands for hours.
mostly nonfiction listener
Six seasons of The Sopranos, plus three Godfather movies and a bunch of organized crime books have pretty much formed my views of the mafia. Organized crime as entertainment. Gomorrah tells what happens when organized crime infiltrates every aspect of the economy and social life, as it has done in Southern Italy. Saviano, a native son of Naples, provides an insider personal account of the social and human costs of living in a mafia dominated culture. The incredible levels of violence and corruption spawned by mafia control are shocking and eye opening, even more so given this story is playing out in the heart of Western Europe.
Not a hopeful book, not an entertaining book, but a fascinating exposition of a world both unknown and hidden to outsiders. An excellent companion to McMafia, filling in the details to Glenny's broad outlines. This book was apparently a sensation when published in Italy, although the author has had to go into hiding because of death threats. Are there places in the U.S. where organized crime continues exert significant control in aspects of the economy?
This was a horrible audiobook. There is no real story just a list of names that the author recounts. I tortured myself to finish this only because I did not want to waste my money.
I know this was a bestselling book and a movie, and the author's life is in danger because he wrote this book. But still, every paragraph seems to consist of one sentence, and then the same sentence rewritten in different ways four or five times. Where is the editor? I couldn't finish this book, it was just too grueling for me. I think I'll try renting the movie to see if I can enjoy the story when it's written a bit more tightly.
i am sure you can read more about the book itself somewhere else. it is chilling and brutal, but very engaging. sort of reminds me of 'the wire' in it's verite style. the narrator does an excellent job of staying out of the way and letting the story tell itself. his voice is clear and easy to listen to.
I really enjoyed it, learned so much. The reader is amazing he gets all the words I could never pronounce. I followed the reading with my kindle ebook and highlighted main points to help me study better. My favorite was cement. I still don't understand why would he walk in the lands of fire when the toxins could kill you. I wonder if Angelina knows she wore that dress made by the hands of mafias?
I purchased this book because of the publicity around it, but did not know anything about the author or even the subject matter.
It opened my eyes to the subject matter and the unrivaled violence of the crime group. In that it delivered.
It is a raw look at the system and how it affects the territory and people of naples.
In my view. The only problem was that I went in expecting a story and found none.
my fault for buying without knowing more about it.
For a look at this organized crime book it has to be one of the best sources in the market
The book is full of specific details about names and places so it took some concentration to get through. I probably wouldn't read it again
Ummmmm.... The main character.
He read it passionately.
I lived in Naples for four years. The descriptions of the smells, sights and sounds were so vivid. It made me want to go back.
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