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The Diary of Helena Morley

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In 1952, soon after her arrival in Brazil, Elizabeth Bishop asked her new Brazilian friends which of their country's books she should read. They recommended Minha Vida de Menina - a diary kept by a young girl who lived in a mining town at the end of the nineteenth century. As a labor of love, Elizabeth Bishop devoted three years to translating the diary, a delightful accou
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 5th 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 1957)
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Eduardo Coutinho Guerra
Somente lendo esta preciosidade para entender como um simples diário de uma menina no interior de Minas Gerais foi capaz de encantar grandes escritores e várias gerações, a partir da década de 40, quando foi publicado. É com suavidade e rebeldia, que Helena Morley, a pequena e inquieta descendente de ingleses, retrata a curiosa e rica vida da nossa querida e tradicional Diamantina no final do Século XIX. Cheia de esperança e vida, nos conta seus dias em tempos de grandes mudanças: o fim da miner ...more
Lesley
Feb 15, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A look back at a lost world. The diary of a teenaged girl in late 19th century Brazil. As a diary, not a memoir, it is disjointed and the numerous characters are a bit hard to follow but you cannot help but be uplifted by her joi de vivre. A vivid story need.
Biogeek
Jun 24, 2011 Biogeek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The various introductions to this book ended up interesting me more than then book itself. To be fair, it was not written for me as an audience. If you are interested in turn-of-the century Brazil, or how life was for a teenager back then, this may be the book for you. I tired soon of the descriptions of "funny" things done by Helena's cousins/servants/neighbors, and the inner workings of the pre-electronic teenager mind. I would be interested in someone doing a comparison between this and Anne ...more
Gabriela Melo
Escrito em forma de diário, Minha vida de menina, é um livro doce, que conta, através dos olhos da adolescente Helena, cenas do cotidiano do Brasil, que acabara de abolir a escravidão e tornar – se uma republica.
É uma leitura bastante agradável, elogiado por autores consagrados, como Carlos Drummond de Andrade e Guimarães Rosa.
O nome verdadeiro de Helena é Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant.
Christine
May 14, 2007 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on a young woman's journal from the late 1800s, but doesn't really provide any insights into the writer's personality. Not worth finishing.
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Mar 27, 2015 Marsha marked it as to-read
Recommended to Marsha by: Ruth Eastburn
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Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant (August 28, 1880 – June 20, 1970) was a Brazilian writer. She was born in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil to a British father and a Brazilian mother. Her diaries were published under the pseudonym Helena Morley.
Her girlhood diaries spanning the years 1893 and 1895 were first published in 1942 as Minha vida de menina (translated into English by Elizabeth Bishop as The
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