Advance reader reviews of Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, translated by Virginia Jewiss.


A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System

By Roberto Saviano, translated by Virginia Jewiss

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  • Published in USA  Oct 2007,
    320 pages.

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  • Deanna (Port Jefferson NY)

    Not the Naples my grandfather told me about!
    In spite of an over use of metaphors and names and events that can be a bit confusing, this is a shocking piece of investigative reporting. It is an expose of the criminal activities of the Camorra {the system} in Naples. This book presents an engrossing and disturbing story not widely reported here in the States.
  • Mary (River Forest IL)

    A Reluctant Education
    If Gomorrah were set in Chicago, I would have hung on every detail. Saviano, however, takes us to a Naples definitely not made for tourists. Peppered with the dark corners of unfamiliar alleyways, confused by scores of family names and lineage, I often just wanted to escape Gomorrah. Still, curiosity propelled me into the very current realities of the underbelly of moving drugs, jeans, and Barbie dolls around the world, of what "made in China" really means. And, behind the flood of family names was the peek inside the Camarrista and its women, including the ironically named Immacolata Capone. Perhaps most alluring was Saviano's very personal passion about his native neighborhood and - I can't help but wonder - his courage in naming its sinners.
  • Barbara (Fort Myers FL)

    I could not put it down!
    Gomorrah is not a book I would buy or pick off the library shelf as this is not the type of book I read, but it was placed in my hands and I am very glad it was. Author, Roberto Saviano has a way with words that at times sounds like poetry.

    A dark nonfiction account of Naple's organized crime system -- I could not put it down!
  • Patricia (San Antonio TX)

    Violence of Organized Crime
    The first paragraph of this book grabs your attention and keeps it. Taken everything together, this is not an easy read. For me personally there is the graphic details of violence that is described in detail. Putting that aside, this would be a book for those who are interested in organized crime and how it spreads its tentacles into every part of our life.

    I think that the author took his life in his hands to find out all he did and I also wonder if he is safe even now that the book is published. I would certainly recommend this book if you are interested in organized crime and taking into consideration the graphic details.
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