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uarto de Despejo ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ uarto de Despejo Author Carolina Maria de Jesus – The powerful firsthand account of life in the streets of São Paulo that drew international attention to the plight of the poorIncludes eight pages of photographs and an afterword by Robert M LevineTr The powerful firsthand account of life in the streets of São Paulo that drew international attention to the plight of the poorIncludes eight pages of photographs and an afterword by Robert M LevineTranslated from the Portuguese by David S Clair.

10 thoughts on “uarto de Despejo

  1. Hillary Hillary says:

    This book is truly astounding because it's REAL It's like reading The Diary of Ann Frank You can hardly believe that what you are reading actually takes place in this worldIn Canada we are so far removed from the destitute conditions that surround so many people that it's really hard to imagine the life of those peopleChild 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 childrenThis novel astounds me because I cannot even imagine living like Carolina does It moves me to want to do something to help change the worldI hope others read this novel and are compelled to do acts that will benefit others less fortunate than they are

  2. Jess Jess says:

    Okay here's my second time around review for Child of the Dark after GoodReads ate my first one This probably won't be as good but I'll take one for the team and at least trySigh My life is so hardSo I read this book for my Contemporary World History class while we were on the discussion of world poverty My professor spent a good chunk of his life living in Colombia different from Brazil obviously but still tackling similar social issues and although he did not see the same slum like Sao Paolo favelas pictured in de Jesus's diary he saw the type of poverty that we don't really see in America This book surprised me because as students we're used to being handed these memoirs and documents from benevolent optimistic spiritual sufferers of poverty whose brightness and warmth make us sympathize with their plight To bring change editors and publishers find diamonds in the penny piles and throw them at us to garner sympathyBut why? People aren't perfect Angry bitter nasty people still need food water and shelter; they don't deserve to live in sualor And this is why I appreciate Carolina Maria de Jesus' perspective She lives in a shack with her three children all from different fathers gathers paper scraps on the street to sell for a living and just tries to get by but she's intensely unlikeable She's self righteous judgmental hypocritical and bitter she condemns the favelas and curses the dirty people who live there yet she's in the same exact situation When people piss her off she threatens to put their names in her book which puts the reader in a weird position are we just reading a big tattle fest? Her perspective is unreliable at best she insists grown men and women are rude to her children for no reason a man of 30 fighting a boy of 10 or whatever the ages are comes up a lot but with the way Carolina acts with the people she lives near I can understand why these hungry and angry people hate herBut this doesn't make me any less sympathetic Carolina is virtually starving throughout most of her recordings if she doesn't make the money they don't eat end of story She's wasting away in some parts This lends such an understanding of her cagey crude behavior who wouldn't hate the entire world in her situation?This was a hard one to get through but it's a damn important book

  3. Audrey Audrey says:

    This is a remarkably sad tragic and eye opening book about life in the favelasghettos of Sao Paulo Brazil written by a woman who lived there with her three childrenThis is a a set of diaries written in the late 50's and 1960 and the description of how Carolina had to scrap by in the this ghetto to try to get food clothes and soap the necessities of life by selling scraps of paper and junk is just heartbreaking This book was very difficult to read because of the harsh living conditions that Carolina describes but I'm still very glad that I read it and I was deeply moved that in the midst of all the sualor and filth she is still able to write not only these diaries but also poetry and some novelsIt also made me appreciate how lucky I am and to realize that even though I may feel down once in a while there are people who fight a daily battle just to survive in this world

  4. Fred Fisher Fred Fisher says:

    I was attracted to this book in the first place as it was written in and is about São Paulo Brasil where I lived shortly after this book was published It is social commentary by observation and recording much like People of the Abyss and other works I was able to recognize the time and place and many of the names used It is a bit of a dry read after all it is a diary One of the reasons I find it important is in how it shows how little has changed despite all the struggle In fact life on Earth is getting to be of struggle even though we have the means to relieve much suffering both old and new I thought this was well worth my time I also think it is critically important to read the afterword You will know why after you are finished

  5. Andrew Andrew says:

    Despite what Robert Levine tries to argue in the afterword this book is primarily important as a historical document not as a piece of literature What's remarkable is who wrote it a black slum dwelling woman and not how she wrote it In other words what impresses is not the skill with which it was written but that it was ever written at allCarolina Maria de Jesus was a singular woman; only such a woman could have possessed the determination and audacity and yes the arrogance to continue her passion amidst such deprivation and sualor We are fortunate that she did so that we have a better idea of favela life but reading it still feels somehow voyeuristic especially given that nothing ever improved as a result of her effortsShe's not exactly likable either and it's a strange conundrum as a moral reader writing such a record in these conditions reuires a person to truly believe themselves superior to their surroundings At the same time however that sense of superiority is not only off putting but at times unjustified given her behavior with her children lovers and neighbors It does drive home the corrupting influence of the favela upon all its inhabitants but it's also important to realize that our narrator is virtually as unreliable as all of her condemned neighborsIt also raises an interesting moral uestion because in these circumstances of slum dwelling we say that we want of the people to behave like Carolina to raise themselves out of it through an inner drive and self discipline But there's also something contemptible about her attitude toward her fellow favelados She lacks almost any compassion for them and is constantly judging and insulting them There's a lack of any semblance of camaraderieThere's also the issue of her relative luck in being able to rise out of it Being discovered by a journalist was about as likely as winning the lottery so it's hard to argue that her rigorous moral character was her salvation What if it had never happened? She admits herself she probably would have died soon would have maybe even turned to alcohol Then she would have been no better than any of her neighbors even while still looking down on them I guess the real point is the loathing that such sualor arouses not just for those around you but also eventually for yourself Such loathing precludes any solidarity with your neighbor and thus any way of raising each other out of misery Of course that is a larger point of which Carolina was probably unaware but that we can arrive at it through her writing is a further demonstration of this book's importance It's a uick read if repetitive and eventually numbing and I'm glad to have read it I don't know that I would necessarily recommend it to others if you're interested in an introduction to Brazilian slums I think the movie City of God Cidade de Deus is a compelling portrayal Ultimately they're probably good to experience in tandem so that you can see where the favelas began and what they have since become Not Bad Reviewsblakerosser1

  6. Lauren Lauren says:

    In high school I'd sneak into the library at lunch or while skipping phys ed to read a few pages of this book It felt intimate almost wrong to read De Jesus is a gifted emotive writer burning to escape the impasse of the favela Her daily entries are personal pained even mildly arrogant can you blame someone who strives so hard to write that she searches the drug infested streets for any loose slip of paper to write on? I don't know what else to say about this except that it's an amazing document of poverty These don't come around often

  7. Wall-to-wall books - wendy Wall-to-wall books - wendy says:

    UGH That's what I always start with when I have to give a bad review I did not like this book at all I feel I was being generous by giving it 2 stars OK here' goes I did not expect a great work of literature I knew this was written by a woman living in the slums that is not what bothered me about this book I didn't mind the simpleness of it It was very very let me repeat very repetitive half way through the book I wanted to shout Yes I get it You are hungry your children are hungry I know its sad But I don't need to read the same thing 20000 times Never does she take blame for her predicament She started making love with strangers when she was a teenager she had 3 children she choose to never marry Take some blame She never says maybe I shouldn't have done that or I have made mistakes or I would do it differently Everything is the fault of the Government or the politicians I know that back in the 50's the government in Brazil basically sucked I agree But she is constantly expecting the government to walk in and fix everything uote The Politicians must give us things That includes me too because I am also a flavelado one who lives in the slums She says things like this through the whole book She keeps complaining how dirty she is and how dirty her children and shack are uote If I'm dirty its because I don't have soap She say things like I didn't wash today because I didn't have money for soap Well I know soap does help but seriously if I didn't have soap I would do the best I could with water and scrubbing I don't think I would just go dirty complaining that I couldn't buy soap And they did have water they had to walk to get it but it was there The whole book seemed like a long tattletale session to me This person hit that person This 40 yr old is fighting with a 5 yr old boy She threw stones at him He spit on her Etc etc She also tells almost sounds like bragging of all the men that are lining up around the block to sleep with her and all the men that want to live with her But she turns them away uote There is a Portuguese here who wants to live with me But I don't need a man She says things like this several times Then later about a different person she says I slept with him And the night was delicious I can't seem to keep her love life straight because there are no details Her children are always getting in trouble but she gives no details of anything Just that she believes they didn't do it Or gives the excuse that are poor or that they are young She doesn't tell of her love for her children at all She does say that she doesn't like leaving them alone but that's as close as she gets She doesn't give any details of her life or her children she doesn't describe anything She doesn't tell of everyday life Or what it is like in Brazil It is just who did what to whom Who is sleeping with whom and that the politicians do nothing I need this and I need thatThis book could have been at least interesting if she had included any details or descriptions of anythingTo me very disappointing book This book got real mixed reviews it got some 1's and 2's but also got some 5 stars I just don't see it

  8. Histteach24 Histteach24 says:

    I know it is a classic and I feel for her plight but this was tough to get through I was amazed at how well versed she was for having had only a 2nd grade education The repetitive diary entries were just agonizing to get through however Read this for a school book list recommendation for that purpose I would rate the book higher than 2 stars Reading it for enjoyment would not be first on my list For use in the classroom she describes the life of the poor in Brazil beautifully It is a raw account and one that is probably rare to find in written form Great piece of historyI was devastated to research that her life after the book did not end well I asked many of the same uestions that critics did why not demand money from the fathers of her children? Would she have run the risk of losing her children if she had? Why refuse money when men offered? Was her pride her downfall in the end? As savvy as she seemed to be when it came to survival did she lack the business sense to continue to profit from her book sale? Yet the feminist part of me was proud of her for not lowering her standards and doing everything she could to provide for her children when so many others in the slums starved to death Can we really ever move away from our past or is it always a part of us? In the end do we die into what we were born?

  9. Victoria Victoria says:

    This is the MOST Gut wrenching thing I have ever read in my life I have studied uite a few years about Brazilian culture and to be specific I focused on studying the people from the favelas Not entirely sure why I have always been so intrigued by this subject I think because I wish I could help them all find a better way to live And their stories of survival and struggling help put my own life into perspective and teach me to be humble I think this is why I plan to continuously revisit this subject in the future I need to remind myself that I am privileged and I must always remain humble and seek ways to help the people who are in need because it seems to make my heart feel better when I do even if I am a misanthrope This woman is then a woman She is a HERO a role model the epitome of a beautiful soul courageous strong a bright fire from a cold dark place that should live on forever by being shared and remembered for her strength

  10. Jess Jess says:

    This should be reuired reading for everyone in America It offers a view of poverty that we as a privileged nation rarely see and therefore have no understanding of it and its implications

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