“hundreds of people exactly like me” in the favelas of Brazil

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The author of the book that the movie City of God is based on was interviewed in the NY Times:

The notion that he is a freakishly gifted ghetto anomaly embarrasses and even irritates him. He has the view from his window to remind him that cannot possibly be true. Just in the City of God alone there are hundreds of people exactly like me, with the same aspirations and even the same abilities,” he said. The favela has left its mark on me as much as them, but the difference is that I managed to find a way to circumvent the social structure and conditions that hold back the resident of the favela, and was able to get out.”