Cross-posted from Nightjar's Jar of Books.
Driving home one evening from a Workers’ Party meeting, Brazilian law student Paulo meets a young girl on the side of the road, and decides to give her a lift. Maína is fourteen years old, Guarani Indian, and lives with her family in a roadside encampment; she’s not planning on going home.
If I could rate the two halves of this book separately, then I would. I didn’t exactly dislike the first half of the book, but I found it very difficult to get through…...more
Paulo is like many idealistic young socialists – rich, oblivious to the reality of poverty and the true effect of his actions, but genuinely well intentioned. Maína is a Guarani Indian and l ...more
O romance inicia com a história de Paulo, um estudante de Direito frustrado que, ao voltar de um congresso político no interior do Estado, dá carona a uma índia que vira na margem da BR. Paulo e a índia (Maína) têm um caso e Maína acaba engravidando. Sem saber da gravidez, Paulo viaja para Londres, com o objetivo de se esconder de seus problemas, v ...more
Driving home from a political rally in the heavy rain, Paulo stops for a hitchhiker on the side of a mountain road. For better or for worse (mainly for worse), he offers Maína, a young indigenous girl, a ride away from her home and into the city.