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City of God
City of God: A Novel | Paulo Lins
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Follows three boys from one of the most brutal, violent, and corrupt slums in Rio de Janeiro from the 1970s to the 1990s, a period when the only spark of hope comes from the story of a boy who wants to be a photographer.
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Susanita
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Maaaaaany years ago my grandfather was in the navy, and his ship stopped in Rio during one of their tours. He bought a photo booklet for my grandmother which I “inherited,” and I was fortunate enough to spend a few days there on the way home from a work thing in Brasilia in 2002. It had gotten a little more built up in the meantime!

To date it‘s the farthest south I‘ve been and also the farthest away from home. #sofaraway #anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola I love this story. ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen I love that it was passed down to you! Awesome photo 🤩 2mo
gradcat Nice story...where do you live? 2mo
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Susanita @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen @gradcat Thank you! I guess I was feeling a little nostalgic last night. I live in Maryland USA. 2mo
Mdargusch Very cool! Such a nice momento. 2mo
emilyhaldi Love that connection 💙 2mo
Avanders Very cool! 2mo
gradcat @Susanita I love Maryland...when I read my comment back, it sounds very nosy to me...sorry! 2mo
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The cover says it all. I watched the movie long ago without knowing it was an adaptation. The book is still on my TBR. To simply call it a gangster film/novel is a disservice, since it's so much more, & takes a nuanced look at the very real violence. Primarily, the story is about two boys, Rocket & Li'l Zé, the former harbors a love for photography & wants to get away from it all while the latter embraces it & becomes a drug lord.
#Brazil
#Aprella

Cathythoughts 🖤👍🏻excellent... I‘m at a total loss for this one , hopefully something will come to me during the day ! 14mo
batsy Nice pick! I really need to watch this 😳 14mo
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Cinfhen Niiiice!!! I‘m down for this! How about you @Reggie ??? 14mo
Reviewsbylola Ooooh this sounds good! And I‘m right there with ya @Cathythoughts 😂😂😂 14mo
mabell I watched this in college (Portuguese Club), and wow 😳. I definitely wouldn't be able to stomach it today, but it was a powerful story. 14mo
emilyhaldi Good one 👍🏻 14mo
rohit-sawant @Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola Thank you! 😀 I was hard put to think of something, too! I'm surprised I recalled this one 😂 14mo
Mdargusch Sounds very disturbing and sad. 14mo
rohit-sawant Thanks, @batsy! 😃 Hope you catch it soon! 14mo
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Thank you! 😁 14mo
rohit-sawant @mabell Absolutely! And yes, it can be difficult to watch. I saw this one in college, too, during a semester on filmmaking! 14mo
rohit-sawant @emilyhaldi Thank you! 😊 14mo
rohit-sawant @Mdargusch It's rather bleak, but it's also a thoughtful, coming-of-age film, almost Dickensian in a way. 14mo
Reggie @Cinfhen I‘m not a nonfiction person. BUT I did see the movie and it is brutal, Cindy. I think there are certain parallels you can draw between this movie and every other 2 groups who can‘t get along in the world- where does the violence end? Also, there‘s this pack of kids in this movie and what happens to some of them..... 😭. I showed it to my family one Thanksgiving break and they loved it. Nice post @rohit-sawant. 14mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thank you! And that's so well summed up. 👏🏼👏🏼 14mo
Meredith3 Omg I had to watch this movie for class in college and I loved it! Had no idea it was a book! 14mo
rohit-sawant @Meredith3 I watched this in class as well & only found out it was an adaptation until much later! 14mo
rohit-sawant Just saw I said the same thing in the blurb 😆 14mo
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Marchpane
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A little late but here are my #bookssetinsamerica. Can you tell I had a Márquez phase? ???

Clearly I need to read some more contemporary books from the region. #booktober #southamerica

BookishFeminist There could be much worse phases to have. 😂 3y
Soubhiville This is the most impressive stack I've seen for this prompt! 3y
read_diverse_books That's an amazing stack of books! I am also very impressed. 💗 3y
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Marchpane @bookishfeminist haha true! One of my better ones 😀 @Soubhiville @read_diverse_books Thank you! ☺️ 3y
Hobbinol 🏆 3y
Bibliosa Awesome stack! Marquez phases are the best phases😊 3y
becausetrains Not sure if you're into psychological thriller/horror, but I'm surprised @BookishFeminist didn't recommend 3y
Marchpane @becausetrains thanks for the rec! I'll check it out. 3y
Babs_book_obsession Ah yes, the Marquez phase! Sometimes I am tempted to go back and re-read some of them. I loved them but some of them blur together a bit in my mind now. 3y
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