Rating: 3 cups
After attending a protest where an officer is shot and killed, Daniel is arrested and sent to Joao Ataliba Zamora Detention House. The police believe he is the person who pulled the trigger. He is young and handsome, which will make his life in prison hard.
Daniel’s cellmate is a man called Mephisto. Mephisto is in prison for drug activity, though the guards tell Daniel he is in for rape. Mephisto cares for Daniel, and an interesting relationship begins.
Set in a Brazilian prison, the functions within the prison community are a lot like that of a community on the outside. Daniel is a college-educated young man who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mephisto becomes his mentor, his caretaker, his friend and his lover. This is the story of their life inside of this prison.
The characters are colorful and vary in many ways. I thought the disciplinary measures as well as the networking amongst the prisoners to be quite interesting. This is a darker type of book than what I normally enjoy; however, prison is never a happy place. There is a bit of violence that occurs, but it enhances the story instead of detracting from it. Mr. Mirag keeps the language real, yet adds the translations needed to keep the reader from getting confused.
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