By Paula Fox
Luisa de l. a. Cueva used to be born at the Caribbean island of Malagita, of a plantation owner's son and a local lady, a servant within the kitchen. Her years on Malagita have been candy with the wonderful thing about bamboo, banana, and mango bushes with flocks of silver-feathered guinea hens beneath, the magic of a victrola, and the caramel flan that Mama sneaked domestic from the plantation kitchen. Luisa's father, fearing revolution, takes his relations to ny. within the barrio his once-powerful identify capability not anything, and the relations establishes itself in a basement tenement. For Luisa, Malagita turns into a dream. Luisa doesn't dream of going to school, as her pal Ellen does, or of successful the lottery, as her father does. She takes a task as a servant and, sarcastically, grows extra self reliant. She marries and later increases a son on my own. She works as a servant all her existence. A Servant's Tale is the tale of a existence that's uncomplicated at the floor yet filled with intensity and richness as we come to grasp it, a narrative informed with consummate grace and compassion by means of Paula Fox.
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