This is also one of the most talked about book that became more famous after the movie adaptation. This was the first book that I had read from Dominique Lapierre and at that time I was not sure on what to expect. But the reviews about the book made me curious. On one hand it was a popular book but at the same time it was based on slum dwellers of Kolkata and written in documentary style. But this is where the unique way of writing of Dominique Lapierre scores way above all the other authors in same genre.
His research about the subject of the book is massive and he is able to really bring forth the true facts in his book. At the same time, the book is not the collection of facts. It is a very human story written with emotions and real characters. When I read the book the whole city of joy was in front of my eyes and I could feel the emotions of the characters in the book.
The story is about a rickshaw puller who comes to city from his village in search of job and how he ends up in a slum to make living for his family. The story also involves a young Polish Priest who comes to live in the city of joy to help poorest of the poor. How he overcomes all the hardships and how people start looking up to him is the endearing story of this book.
I have seen the movie as well and even though changes have been made in the movie, it is still a very good adaptation. Specifically, Om Puri has done an amazing work in this movie.