|Plot Summary of The Hour of the Star|
|"The narrator of the novel is the fictional writer of the story. He describes the feelings he has as he creates the character Macabea from the face of a girl from the North-East of Brazil he sees in a market. Where will his imagination take Macabea? Macabea exists therefore she is. She is a quiet and simple girl brought up by her strict aunt and at the time of the story is a virgin. She meets the macho Olimpico, who has killed a man and dreams of becoming a politician, and they date. In his spare time Olimpico goes to funerals. However he ditches Macabea for her work colleague buxom Gloria. Macabea goes to a doctor and innocently accepts her diagnosis of tuberculosis. She goes to a fortune teller who tells her what a terrible life she has (until that moment Macabea had thought of herself as happy) and that she will marry a rich foreigner called Hans. On leaving the fortune teller she is struck by a yellow Mercedes and falls bleeding to the pavement. For a while the writer narrator toys with killing her and then decides it is time for her to die. This brilliant Brazilian novel says much about what it is to be a misfit.
John Marcel, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Hour of the Star|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
The Americas (not US):
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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