Under this provocative title comes the most recent novel by Joyce Cavalccante, a 340-page book . "The Devil Sucking Mango" is an idiomatic expression widely used in the northeast of Brazil to express any superlative thing. Zezito, the main character, is such an ugly person that his ugliness can astonish people. However, he is remarkably smart! The author used such a meaningful Brazilian expression to provide the literature a delightful and entertaining story that takes place between 1971 and 1985 in São Paulo, a city moved by politicians' ambition, business men's greed, the free love of the young and an audacious waiter from the Brazilian state of Ceará.
Following the best classic works, this fiction was written in a fluent and pleasant language. The characters go through fifteen years of the actual Brazilian history, which is used as background to the strong emotions they live. The novel has an outstanding end that justifies its well-chosen title.
Joyce has always been known as a polemical author, since she writes about such controversial themes as female sexuality, the women's search for a solid position in an adverse labor market, the problems they face when trying to survive in a world controlled by men. Here, besides confirming this trend, the author also affirms her stimulating and mature literary style, which has delighted readers not only in Brazil but also in foreign countries.
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