By Paulo Lins
Cidade de Deus, the town of God ... welcome to 1 of Rio's so much infamous slums. a spot the place the streets are awash with medications, the place violence can erupt at any second, over medicines, cash ... and love... but additionally the place the samba beat rocks til sunrise, the place the ladies are the main attractive on the earth, and the place one younger guy desires to get away his history and develop into a photographer.
Paulo Lins was once born in Rio de Janeiro and at age seven moved to the 'City of God' housing undertaking. He escaped the cycle of violence there to turn into an the world over celebrated author, and nonetheless lives in Rio. This novel is the results of prolonged learn within the housing venture the place Lins was once raised. He spent 8 years interviewing humans and gaining knowledge of the drug trafficking and gang war that marked the historical past of the neighbourhood within the Seventies and 80s.
Based on a real tale, this can be a sprawling, magnificently informed epic in regards to the background of gang lifestyles in Rio's favelas. the unique novel of the highly acclaimed movie.
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It was a longhead, naked and standing on a velvet couch. He was holding a candle which he moved slowly from right to left, tipping it over just enough to let a few globs of wax fall to the floor with each movement. ” Tommy got closer to the window and Jake then followed. Red Henry turned around in his chair. 44 “Well, would you look at that? ” Red Henry chuckled. Jake looked wide-eyed at him. “What do you mean? ” “A snapping turtle. Thing must have been a foot long. That guy was just holding it by its feet, dangling it over the floor.
Tommy threw his hands up. The car jerked to the right. He put his hands back on the wheel. “And you RAN out? Jesus Christ…” JORDAN KRALL “I’ve been in those situations before, I know what that fucking means. I’m not a complete idiot, you know. ” Jake looked at Tommy, waiting for an acknowledgement. Tommy kept his eyes on the road, careful not to get into an accident on the snowy, congested streets. ” As it came out of his mouth, he realized that his tone betrayed the message even though he believed that statement whole-heartedly.
Tommy held his hand up. ” He kept walking. Once they got to the door, they could hear the low thump of music, like a rapid heartbeat through the walls. ” Jake asked. “Gambling. Been here once, years ago with Joe Gurney. ” He opened the door and walked slowly in, cigarette smoke confronting them like a cloud. Through the smoke, they saw five tables set up in a circle each with a different casino game being played. In the middle of the circle was a small stage where tall, skinny women gyrated. All of the dancers were dressed in cowgirl outfits and wore Barbara Stanwyck masks, obviously the same ones that Jake and Tommy passed up at the ticket booth.
City of God: A Novel by Paulo Lins