Latin American Novels of Turbulent Times Book Review by scribbler

Latin American Novels of Turbulent Times
Reviews two Latin American novels: Carolina Maria de Jesus's "Child of the Dark" and Victor Montejo's "Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village".
# 153184 | 1,115 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper presents a review of an autobiographical novel by Carolina Maria de Jesus, "Child of the Dark", about the survival of a woman and her three children, living from 1955 to 1960 in the Brazilian favelas, with little means of earning her existence. The paper also analyzes Victor Montejo's novel, "Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village", which describes a schoolteacher that is taken from his village by the army special forces and tortured because he was suspected of having connections with guerrillas. The paper concludes that both writings, which are a result of great suffering, reflect an amazing spirit to record the turbulent times in which the authors lived.

From the Paper:

"Living in an environment where hunger, alcoholism, and crime occur on a daily basis, Carolina has difficulties keeping her children safe. Women in the neighborhood are determined to have Carolina's children taken away from her and issue false accusations as a result, influencing the police to engage in investigating the situation. Desperate because of the circumstances, Carolina believes she has no other opportunity but to put her children in a shelter. However, she shortly changes her mind when she comes across two refugees informing her regarding the terrible conditions in the institution from the local children shelter.
"Determined to look more into the situation and discover how she can better conditions in the favelas, Carolina tries to understand the political system and how it can be adapted to treat people in the favelas equally to those in the city. She eventually realizes that the poor are discriminated in her country, as the price one has to pay in order to make certain their basic needs is too much for someone from the favela.
"Carolina is well aware that most women in the favela believe that it is essential for them to get married in order to survive. However, Carolina does not wish to compromise by marrying someone only for the purpose of being married..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • de Jesus, Carolina Maria, Child of the dark: the diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus, (Signet Classic, 2003)
  • Montejo, Victor, Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village, trans. Victor Perera (Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 1987)

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