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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.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Spanish in Latin America or Spain Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   secretary Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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