By Paula Fox
Luisa de l. a. Cueva was once 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 great thing about bamboo, banana, and mango timber 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 manhattan. 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 varsity, as her good friend Ellen does, or of profitable the lottery, as her father does. She takes a task as a servant and, ironically, grows extra autonomous. She marries and later increases a son on my own. She works as a servant all her lifestyles. A Servant's Tale is the tale of a existence that's easy at the floor yet choked 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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1ker feels guilty because he ha~ deserted the girl \vhom he had managed to arouse, and yet he cannot help enjoying the recollection of his voyeurism. Even in the retelling, he never sees her as the pathetic victim of his sensuality. When he doc\ question his own behaviour, it is primarily for the wrong reason. His real offence is not breaking his promise to hm1sdfto avoid trade, hut exploitmg the girl for selfish pleasure. 1 symbol of the captain's failure to follow through as Alice's resnter after he has succeeded in arousing her from her 'immobility'.
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