Saviano's expose leaves nothing to the imagination on how destructive the Camorra can be in this part of Italy. They kill ruthlessly, often not discriminating between innocent civilians and their target. Some of the natives have become so accustomed to the killings that they don't even bother to have their bullet-riddled windows replaced. When there's a war between two Camorra families, killings happen every single day.
Gomorrah is probably one of the best nonfiction books to come out recently. Saviano's thorough research lets you in all the gritty details of how the Camorra actually works and how these families corrupt everything they touch. Saviano spares no details: which families have close ties with elected officials, which people are responsible for killing rival Camorra clan members, etc. What's also alarming is how the Camorra clans employ boys as young as 12 years old to do some of their dirty work. For these boys, being part of the Camorra is their ticket to money, power, and women. Sad, but oh so true.
I found this book in the movie tie-in section of the bookstore. I'll definitely look around for a copy of the movie in DVD. The movie was also well-received. I just hope that Saviano is doing well; he was placed under police protection after the publication of Gomorrah. In a world that's screwed up, death threats by the dozen are what you get when you're honest.
Read this book if:
- You want to see the darker side of Italy.
- Godfather is your all-time favorite movie.
- You think that being part of the mafia is actually a good thing.