Dominique La Pierre's The City Of Joy

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Dominique LaPierre's The City of Joy


“His suffering was transformed into surprise then peace, the peace that comes
from being loved” (C.O.J. p. 254). In the book the City of Joy, Hasari, Mother Theresa, Stephan Kolvaski and Max Loeb all experienced the joy and helpfulness that comes from being loved. Their problems and troubles through out the book help them to understand how to make it through tough times. Examples from this book and life show that modern medicine is not always the best way to help the sick or injured. Peoples love and kindness for each other is the most valuable gift you can give someone.

“This city isn’t all that inhuman” (C.O.J. p. 82). Hasari said this when he was
able to become a rickshawpuller. When Pam Chander befriended Hasari he saved him
and his family from starvation. Ram showed Hasari that there was a still king person in a city, that was thought of as cruel. After Hasari started his job he was able to feed and buy treats for his family. Ram and Hasari’s friendship continued to grow while working together. They also continued to help each other out in times of need.

Ram Chandler not only got Hasari a job, he helped teach him about the rickshaw
business and life in Calcutta. Ram showed Hasari where to get business and how to help
the soreness from pulling. Another thing he taught Hasari was how to hide any illness he
got. Ram also reminded Hasari how lucky he was to have what he did have. “Good old
Ram, there was no one quire like him for making you realize that there was always
someone worse off than you”(C.O.J. p. 161).

“Jesus of Anand Nagar, you know that I am here simply to share- so that together
they and I can show you that we love you- you and your father, the father of mercy, the
father who sent you, the father who forgives” (C.O.J. p. 161). This is a prayer Stephan
Kolvaski said when he first arrived in Calcutta. Kolvaski used his faith and love with to come to Calcutta to help the needy. Even when the people of...

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