Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus by Carolina Maria de JesusThis book is truly astounding because its REAL!! Its like reading The Diary of Ann Frank. You can hardly believe that what you are reading actually takes place in this world.
In Canada we are so far removed from the destitute conditions that surround so many people that its really hard to imagine the life of those people.
Child of the Dark is merely the account of the life of Carolina Maria de Jesus in the slums of Brazil. It talks about her struggle every single day to collect enough paper to sell so that she can manage to feed herself and her three children.
This novel astounds me because I cannot even imagine living like Carolina does. It moves me to want to do something to help change the world.
I hope others read this novel and are compelled to do acts that will benefit others less fortunate than they are.
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Child of the dark : the diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus
She is best known for her diary , which was first published as Quarto de Despejo Dumping Room , published in English as Child of the Dark in August , after coming to the attention of a Brazilian journalist, and became a bestseller. This work remains the only document published in English by a Brazilian slum-dweller from that period. Carolina Maria de Jesus was born in Minas Gerais , a rural community where her parents were sharecroppers. She was an illegitimate child , fathered by a man who was already married, so she was treated as an outcast during her entire childhood. When Carolina reached the age of seven, her mother forced her to attend school after a wealthy landowner's wife paid for her, as well as other poor black children in the neighborhood. She stopped attending school by the second grade, though she went long enough to learn how to read and write.
The diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus begins on July 15, , the birthday of her youngest child and only daughter, Vera Eunice. Carolina writes that she wants to buy shoes for Vera Eunice, but has no money. Instead, she finds some in the garbage, cleans them and patches them for the little girl. On any given day, Carolina goes for water at a public spigot, and then faces a day that typically involves a search for a way to feed her family. During the day, she usually finds time to write and to read. She says that she intends to fight her way out of the terrible life she lives by selling her writing.
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Hispanic American Historical Review Edited by Robert M. Translated by Nancy P.
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