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Last semester, I took a class in Latin American history and we were assigned to read De Jesus's Child of the Dark. This was the most fascinating book I've read, in a long time. I'm not an avid reader but this is one book that I truly had the pleasure of reading. As I began reading it, I found myself unable to put the book down. I was more and more intrigued by her diary entries. through her writings, she showed so much strength as she endured life's hardships as a favelato. The things she went through in order to give her children the best she could.
Through her writings, she became the voice for so many Brazilians who lived just as she did; poor, stepped on and unforgotten.I was sadden to learn that she returned back to the life she was so desperately striving to get out of. Physically she may have been able to move on but mentally and emotionally, I think she was stuck in her life as a favelato because one thing's for certain, no matter what stage she was in her life, she always encountered ridicule and criticism from the rich and the poor, the blacks and the whites.
If anyone wants to complain about their lives, they should take a moment to read this book. I think that once they read it they may find that someone's life is always worse then their own.I know that future readers will find this book to be one of the most memorable books ever written.
 

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Kayla Lakings - Goodreads

Great insight into favela life in the 1950's. I loved how they told you what happened to Carolina after the book was published. Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Jess - Goodreads

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 try. Sigh. My life is so ... Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - blake - Goodreads

Despite what Robert Levine tries to argue in the afterword, this book is primarily important as a historical document, not as a piece of literature.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 ... Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

What a phenomenal book! I cannot adequately express how haunting and gripping this book is. I highly recommend it. I know it is a classic in Brazil. It should be viewed as a global classic. Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Adrian Gonzalez - Goodreads

This book is incredibly empowering. It tells the raw account of Carolina Maria de Jesus, a Brazilian woman living in the favelas of São Paulo, Brazil's largest city. She talks about making a living ... Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

I cannot read books that take any faith I have in goodness and stomp on it. I read a huge novel of India and of the crushing poverty and I doubt I have the heart to read a similar story. My ugly American privilege. Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

Carolina Maria de Jesus lived for many years in a favela (shantytown) called Canindé outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. On paper that she gathered from the trash (mostly to sell), she wrote a diary ... Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Amona - Goodreads

This book is awesome. I know what it's like to live through a journal/diary but to have it published for public critisism is quite bold. I admire her courage as a black women and hope that her story continues to live on. Read full review

Review: Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus

User Review  - Fred Fisher - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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