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Valley of Steel

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Fate can be unkind. Would you dare to look back and risk her wrath?
When you’re a child of the favela, in the Valley of Steel, you know that Fate comes like a whirlwind, lifting some to great heights and slapping others down with no reason.

Ivan, rescued first from an orphanage in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and then from the bleak streets of Ipatinga in Brazil’s Valley of
ebook, 249 pages
Published (first published May 24th 2011)
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A Book Vacation
Jun 27, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
King’s memoir is a very powerful book detailing his life growing up in poverty in Brazil’s Valley of Steel. Although his childhood was difficult, with a mother who beat him incessantly, a father who was distant, authority figures who brought more terror than protection, and friends who came and went, King adds humor to this retelling of events, inviting the reader into his life to laugh and cry alongside of him. Perhaps the most riveting aspect of the memoir is that, unlike many memoirs today, K ...more
Carol Morgan
Sep 29, 2011 Carol Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivan King's memoir, Valley of Steel, gives us a moving glimpse of what it meant to grow up in poverty in the slums of Brazil. King's facile writing with the often humorous and sometimes tragic vignettes of his childhood makes us temporarily forget that these are memories of loss and suffering. The lush descriptions of Brazil's remote areas are an amazing contrast to the life altering events in Ivan King's life.

The novel is more than a memoir. Being forced to revisit the place that held both joy
Wendy Hines
Jun 29, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
When Ivan gets the devastating phone call that his best friend Nene is dead by suicide, he immediately plans to fly back to the Valley of Steel. He has not returned to the Valley of Steel, a rural part of Brazil in almost years, a place he grew up and where his father lives. Instead, he has spent years of isolation pouring himself into a bottle and working. He may have made something of himself, but he wasn't truly happy.

But going back, he will have to confront what he left, and who he was and w
Ivan King
May 27, 2011 Ivan King rated it it was amazing
In this gritty, yet oftentimes-humorous memoir, Ivan King reveals what life was like growing up in a Brazilian slum. The events in this book are heart-warming and gut wrenching; forcing the reader to laugh and cry.
The naked realism the author uses to tell his story of redemption is phenomenal. Few writers have the deep psychological insight necessary to expose their most vulnerable selves. Ivan King bares his emotional soul for us.
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