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Definitely similar to the movie, but different enough to be worth reading if you haven't seen the film.
This is a groundbreaking film because it exposes everything naked before us, beautifully shot and acted by real children of the favelas.
Rocket is not the narratator as in the film, and appears to be nothing more than a background character at first.
The story is incredible and you get a real sense for life as a gangster in the favela. I think the translation into English may have taken away from the experience. Read morePublished 1 month ago by elsid
Various stories are simultaneously being told by the author at once. This makes it a little difficult to follow, but also keeps you turning the pages (at least for a while). Read morePublished 11 months ago by JQ
Why did the author call this area "City of God" - I dont get it? I saw the movie and I dont believe it explains it there either. Read morePublished 13 months ago by gypsyartist
I saw the movie City of God with subtitles, unfortunately not from the beginning. I read the book because I wanted to get a better picture of the story being told. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fayola
Cidade de Deus (City of God), actually, the devil's city, a favela (slum), part of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ken Brimhall
The tough life of crime in the favelas, documented in a interesting style. Definitely similar to the movie, but different enough to be worth reading if you haven't seen the film.Published on November 16, 2012 by CloudJP
This novel came out in 1997 and was translated into English in 2006. It was apparently based on real events known to the author. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Reader in Tokyo
Seller's description was totally precise! Time to deliver item was not even half of what expected. Would purchase again from this seller.Published on August 30, 2010 by Monica B. Trujillo
What a great story. The film shows a detailed and nuanced tail but still manages keep the viewers in rapt attention. Read morePublished on April 9, 2007 by Eric