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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  • Elizabeth (Cincinnati OH)

    An Entirely New View on Italy
    I knew corruption was rampant in the government, but this book rips open the wounds of ongoing and enmeshed organized crime at odds with building a fruitful and strong society. It's a tough read, redundant, and the author is clearly so close to the material it has made him sick. He names names endlessly that must mean more in Italy and I would guess has put himself in jeopardy. It is fascinating, though, because it challenges the idea that Italy is an enchanting, happy place. Globalization has not only helped the world economy, it has helped organized crime itself. This area alone would be a fascinating discussion. The history of the AK-47 is also immensely interesting. Very informative, frightening, and sad.
  • Mary (Watertown NY)

    What a Ride!!
    You've got to read Gomorrah! It's a book written with passion and elegantly translated into English. But, reader beware, the subject matter is the stuff of nightmares. Page after page is filled with images of sweatshops,drug trafficking, murder---and the Camorra's reach into legitimate society. It's poison has insinuated itself into the very fabric of Neapolitan society and further - into the reaches of Europe, the US and China. Saviano has done a great service to society by publishing this book. As a Neapolitan American two generations removed, I am indebted to the author for the courage he has shown in exposing the cancer afflicting the land of my ancestors. Grazie tanto, Saviano. Stay safe!
  • Angelina (New York NY)

    The Geneology of the Clothes We Wear
    A fascinating account of how the Italian mob in Naples and the Chinese merchandise triangle get us the clothes we wear everyday, as well as the merchandise we see on celebrities. It'll seriously make you reconsider the labels on your clothes.
  • Nikki (Irvine CA)

    A Walk on the Dark Side
    It is not often that I render an audible gasp on the first page of a book.Gamorrah is not for the gentle souls among us. It is raw, brutally descriptive, and at the same time very informative.I thoroughly enjoyed it and can say this book will haunt my thoughts for sometime to come. If you want to walk on the dark side this is your book. Fabulous !!!
  • Barbara (Roswell GA)

    Could have benefited from a glossary of terms, maps and a visual organizational chart
    I really wanted to enjoy this book. With descriptive language like this review's title, how can Saviano's "personal journey" be only average? Well, despite its interesting topic, it didn't really feel like this book recounted a personal journey. We learn almost nothing about Saviano in this book, and when he does insert himself in situations to describe it in a first-person voice, it feels disjointed. As a reader, I could have benefited from a glossary of terms, some maps, and a visual organizational chart of the Camorra families and their interconnectedness. It was very difficult to follow all of the detail. Overall, I can't recommend this book to anyone; maybe someone who already has a strong working knowledge of Naples' organized crime system and to whom the more recent information provided here would be an update?
  • Christine (Centerport NY)

    Informative and Descriptive
    This book is an extremely engrossing read about the real world of high stakes organized crime operating in and out of Italy today. It will have tremendous appeal to real life crime fighters and mob aficionados across the world, not to mention anyone with generational ties to Italy as a homeland. Well written and extremely informative, it engages the reader in a tell all approach of the extensive world wide implications of organized crime originating in and out of Naples today. Graphic and disturbing, it gives factual details only an "insider" would have access to. Particularly fascinating is the increasingly large part women play in the leading role of organized family clans. "The Godmother", if you will. One could only imagine a blockbuster film coming out of this information. This reader would have preferred more details about how the writer actually infiltrated "The System" but perhaps that will be a follow up to this this amazing read.
  • Bill (Louisville KY)

    A feel-good mafia exposé?
    The author gives an insider's view of a monstrous system that is all the more disquieting because you're in there with him. Besides the titillation of so much blood and excess, what kept me reading was the intelligence and heart in the work. The tone sounds raw and cynical but it isn't without occasional touches of poetry and sentimentalism. The author never stayed in one mode long enough to get tiresome. I was shocked by what this book had to say. I don't know if I was convinced by the litany of the names and places or if I just sympathized with a good writer. His heart's in the right place. I hope it's still beating somewhere.
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