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The City of Joy | [Dominique Lapierre]

The City of Joy

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Publisher's Summary

In this inspiring work, Dominique Lapierre tells stories of extraordinary love and heroism - performed by ordinary people. Deep within one of the poorest sections of Calcutta, Lapierre found that this city, which produced Mother Teresa, had many other selfless inhabitants. Hear about a Polish Catholic priest who came to share and ease the plight of the impoverished, an American doctor who came to treat people who were without medical resources, and an Assamese nurse who became an Angel of Mercy to the afflicted. Best selling author Lapierre has woven these amazing stories into an epic tale of human benevolence and hope.

Copyright ©1985 by Dominique Lapierre; Copyright (P)1991 Dove Audio

What the Critics Say

"This book is a magnificent homage to the courage of the poorest of the poor." (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

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    Rebecca Kincardine, ON, Canada 01-24-08
    Rebecca Kincardine, ON, Canada 01-24-08
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    "Beautiful"

    Each book I've read by Dominique Lapierre, leaves me 'in awe'! Beyond Love, magnificent also. The City of Joy, I just could not stop listening to it. I have purchased the book for two friends, whom I know will find this book so beautiful and will keep it close to their hearts.
    Thank You

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Wellington, Australia 03-06-12
    Sue Wellington, Australia 03-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "All to vivid description of poverty in Calcutta"
    Would you listen to The City of Joy again? Why?

    No I wouldn't listen again, but I might read the book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The strength and hope shown by people living under such appalling conditions.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael York’s performances?

    No, unless he used a less soppy tone in what he was reading.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That once the slum area had become known because of the work being done there, it changed, not always to the benefit of the inhabitants.


    Any additional comments?

    Having just read a history of the East India Company and Britain's colonial occupation of India, the narrative of this book illustrates so completely the damage perpetrated by foreign powers sucking the wealth out of nations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    salma 08-22-15
    salma 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "changes your look on life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The City of Joy to be better than the print version?

    i really didn't get the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    i really liked the fact about looking in the Indian culture and tradition.
    i loved the difference of religions which gave different perspectives on things as well as showing that having a different religion doesn't make you different you blend with everyone easily.
    shows how life is for poor people who are trying to support their families


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    yup


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    i think after reading this book im much more thankful for the life i have and blessed.
    i will try to do more charity work or help others


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlin Crenshaw 06-23-15
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    "NOT THE FULL BOOK"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    IF IT WAS THE FULL BOOK!!!!


    What could Dominique Lapierre have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He did a fine job.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael York’s performances?

    NO!! I HONESTLY WILL NOT BE USING AUDIBLE EVER AGAIN!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The City of Joy?

    NONE PLEASE KEEP THE FULL VERSION AVAIABLE FOR THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE ENJOYED LISTENING TO ALL OF IT!! THE FACT THAT THIS IS EVEN A QUESTION IS DISTRUBING!!! WHAT IS THIS NAZI GERMANY, AUDIBLE SHOULD NOT REMOVE ANY SCENE FROM ANY BOOK!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This has been a terrible experience for someone who truly loves audio books. I understand that some of the scenes in The City of Joy are disturbing but if you are going to have an edited verson please make a full verson avaiable also. Otherwise it really isn't the worthwhile for those who actually want to learn through listening. I give audible a zero out of five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fannie Langley, BC, Canada 09-16-13
    Fannie Langley, BC, Canada 09-16-13
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    "Joy to listen to"
    Where does The City of Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has been one of the better ones I've listened to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The City of Joy?

    The rickshaw drivers determination to make a life for his family at all costs


    Have you listened to any of Michael York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just like the title city of joy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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