A Major work in the Brazilian Literary tradition, this 19th-Century novel about a young female slave has been a success since its release in 1875, in the midst of the Brazilian abolitionist campaign. Guimaraes tells the story of Isaura, the well-educated daughter of a mestiza who spends her early year as slave on a plantation fending off her master's attacks. She manages to escape with her father to the city of Recife, where she meets Alvaro, a white man who does not care about her origins. But their love is interrupted when her master forces her back to the plantation. Relentless in his love for Isaura, Alvaro buys her master's properties and is able to rejoin Isaura before she is forced to marry someone else. In this well-rendered narration, the voices are clear, well paced, and excellently dramatized, particularly in moment of dialog. Suitable for teenagers and adults, this book is recommended for all libraries and bookstores. - María Ospina Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.