In the tradition of such great Latin American magic realists as Jorge Amada, Sergio Kokis recreates the magic world of a child in Brazil.
The novel is told from the point of view of a Brazilian painter in exile somewhere in the northern climes - man who longs for the warmth and vibrancy of his childhood.
But his childhood and adolescence were not easy. Torn between a deeply religious (and superstitious) mother and his father, a man of science and reason, the young man survives his home life, life at boarding school, and life abroad to become an artist and a person in his own right.
Funhouse (Le pavillon des miroirs in French) has won four major literary awards in Quebec: Grand Prix du livre de MontrÈal, Prix de L’AcadÈmie des lettres du QuÈbec, Prix QuÈbec-Paris, and Prix Desjardins.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - allison.sivak - LibraryThing
I read this just after finishing Angela's Ashes, which made for an interesting juxtaposition. Both focus on childhood and poverty, although McCourt tells his story (mostly) immersed in the child's ... Read full review