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Salvador, Bahia Brazil. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. View 2 comments. Jun 07, J. I liked this introduction and the first number of chapters that chronicled the exploits and streets smarts of the Captains of the Sands.
This group is made up of about youths who sleep in an abandoned warehouse and eke out a starvation existence by thieving. In the various chapters, the focus shifts between one of several characters in the gang. This makes it feel like a collection of stories rather than a novel.
The pretext that this is an objective documentation of events also falls away with each successive story. Through it all, though, there is a sense that there are no alternatives for these orphans if they want to survive. They are led by Pedro Bala Bullet. For a while, I tried to convince myself that we were not meant to approve of Bullet or the actions of the other Captains of the Sands.
Cruelty is not a stranger in their lives. Why should they be expected to treat others with a humanity that is denied to them? Worse yet, it is clear that we are meant to admire Bullet. Frankly, to have him romanticized after that is a bit galling. What was still compelling was the inability of any of the other orphans to achieve their dreams.
For instance, at one point, Legless is taken into a home with a woman who treats him like a mother. Instead of accepting the love he has yearned for he lets the gang know how best to rob the house and disappears.
Though some of the gang including the Professor move away from the gang near the end in order to chase after their dreams, a pervading feeling remains that nothing has changed the way a class-conscious society looks down on the less fortunate. More than anything else, Amado wanted the world to understand the suffering of the Bahian people. This book portrays the story of a group of orphaned children who lived on the streets of Bahia. They were a group of boys, known to all as the captains of the sand lived in an abandoned warehouse, near the beach and occupied their days trying to get what to eat or what to wear, often having to steal to get it.
The majority of the city's inhabitants rejected them and despised them because of their flames of conflicting thieves and boys.
Nevertheless, and although they sometimes made certain attit This book portrays the story of a group of orphaned children who lived on the streets of Bahia. Nevertheless, and although they sometimes made certain attitudes, these boys were simple children, boys, who by circumstances of life were obliged to be different, knowing that they could only rely on themselves for survival.
Often their attitudes were justified by the love and affection they had, some because they had been abandoned by the mothers, others because they had never known them. However, none of them wished to go to an orphanage, because they knew the word freedom, and they did not exchange it for anything. Throughout the book various episodes and episodes of the life of these children are portrayed, and although they all live in precarious conditions, all were motivated by a dream that they would like to achieve.
Thus, throughout history, we are confronted with realities very different from ours, and we become aware of many things these children go through. Children, who in most instances acted as true men, faced the problems by becoming aware of the penalties they might suffer. Captains of the Sands , one of Jorge Amado's best-known novels, is a book that despite being more than 50 years old, in which little or nothing was done to improve the situation of poverty and abandoned children that is present in the streets of Brazil, since today it remains the same or worse.
This book describes the story of a group of abandoned, uncomfortable boys who lived by stealing, and lived in a warehouse led by Pedro Bala, who was a kind of father for all children.
Throughout the book some of the past passages are being told by them always being regarded as a threat to society. Also dreams are reported that will be later recorded. We are faced with the arrival of a girl named Dora, a native of the book, who lives a love story with Pedro Bala.
Dora was very respected becoming a sister and also a mother to all the children. A wonderful book that all young people should read, in order to realize that there is a reality quite different from what people are living. View all 6 comments. Nov 29, Caddy Compson rated it did not like it. Jorge Amado wanted to speak against the poverty and misery in Brazil, about all that made those young boys homeless thieves.
But he romanticizes these boys in everything they do, even when they rape young black women for sport. In a deeply disturbing scene, the hero [sic] Pedro Bala annaly rapes a fifteen years old black girl after she claims to be a virgin. At the end, he lets her go, making her promise that she will meet him in the following day to be annaly raped once again. He also writes that she behaved as a mad woman, crying and screaming, with terror in her eyes. And that all she felt was pain and fear, and desire to run away.
Pedro Bala hates her because she keeps crying, thinking in the end that she was just a kid and regretting ever meeting her, even though he later rapes other girls. He states that he did nothing to her, because she was still virgin. And many people wondered if Amado wrote about her desire because of the image that black girls are always sexually available.
They also try to gang rape a little girl, giving up not because one of them points out repeatedly that she is a child, but because Pedro Bala, who initially stated that it was their right to rape her, gets fascinated by her blond hair.
They then stop seeing her as a sexual being, thinking in her as a sweet mother. There is an old prejudice, that women can be either whores or wives. Of course they suffered a lot, and I believe that misery justifies petty thefts, but I have always felt that to say that this is a justification for their actions or its reasons is an offense to all those who suffered but never committed rape and murder.
And I believe that, to some extent, to believe that black women are always sensual, always willing to have sex, is a form of racism. View all 16 comments. Their gritty, harsh lives consists mainly by stealing and lying to get by under the leadership of Pedro Bala Peter Bullet.
The local authorities along with the Roman Catholic Church made it their mission to crack down on these street kids. This could be a rather bleak tale it is but Jorge Amado builds the story with indelible personalities. The Professor, who loves to read but also has a wonderful artistic talent. The liar Sem-Pernas, who tries to be adopted by rich families with the through of robbing them blind. A real mixture of characters and stories behind each of them. At the heart is the tragic love story of the leader Pedro Bala and the beautiful Dora.
Throw in the poverty, samba and smallpox outbreak and you have a very entertaining tale. Although my Portuguese was challenged at times, I truly was mesmerized by this book. The last 50 pages are real page turners. Interestingly when the book was published, it was condemned as being communist and burned. That is odd but typical of the time period. The only reference I could find was the priest was charged as a communist by the committee who reviewed his errant actions.
Today, the social realism paints a vibrant story of these children, many who were orphaned and the street life taught them to survive as best as they could. But what amazes me is that this is a classic in Brazil and one that I never knew about typical me.
So I was curious to know what other books were published in ? Of course, when one thinks of gangs, think only of Clockwork Orange, published in Wow, this book was decades ahead. This was the case of finding this book in a bookstore and just buying it.
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The novel tells of a gang of one hundred street children. Their ages range from seven to sixteen and they live by begging, gambling, stealing and burglary in the streets of Salvador, Bahia , Brazil. In response, Amado said that he set out to tell a story to be enjoyed by all, not to please critics, and to show solidarity with the humanity portrayed in the books. Probably for this reason Captains of the Sands is one of the most popular books among students in Brazil [ citation needed ] and the story is still known for its socialist idealism. Amado was a member of the Brazilian Communist Party at the time he wrote it, and the book belongs to the Socialist realism in vogue at the time.
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