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City Of Joy


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The number one international bestseller that received the Christopher Award for a novel that shows the highest values of the human spirit. Adapted into a film starring Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze, City of Joy is an emotional novel that is a true testament to human strength. A behind the scenes look at the residents of the Anand Nagar slum of Calcutta, made famous by Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

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Dominique Lapierre is a French author and humanitarian who is highly active in increasing the quality of life in the slums of Calcutta. Lapierre founded the City of Joy Foundation and the charitable association, Action Aid for Calcutta's Leper Children. In 2008 Lapierre was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian Government, the third highest civilian award in India.


This book is a masterpiece * Le Monde *
Its heroes show us... how majestic the human spirit can be. City of Joy redefines all our perspectives * Sunday Telegraph *

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