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May 28, Anni rated it really liked it Precarity in action: With no work permit of her own and finding herself at a loose end, Emma becomes a detached social observer, mixing with other privileged women-who-lunch, and - overcome with a demoralising lack of purpose - also faces a marriage under stress.
Mackenzie has written an impressive and thought-provoking examination of the disconnect between liberal empathy and the real engagement needed to address the status quo.
That said, this is a hard book to pin down: As well as the public side of politics, MacKenzie explores the personal: This funny novel, written in witty and extremely well-crafted prose, is not always beyond this temptation. It is easy to understand that the constant contrast between immense wealth and abject poverty may catch the eye of a foreigner who comes from more egalitarian societies; nevertheless, a considerable part although not the majority of the Brazilian popula Fiction and media pieces on contemporary Brazil are all too prone to focusing mostly on the social inequalities that plague this country.
Maybe the term "rich" is behind much of what sounds puzzling about this novel for a Brazilian reader. Maybe it has to do with the American quantitative approach to social class. Americans seem to consider basically the average income; everyone who falls below it is poor, everyone who is above it is rich, and the people who are in the middle of the curve are said to be the middle class.
Brazilians consider it on more qualitative terms. Take Claudia, for instance. Her income is surely way above the national average. The rich set the conditions much more than they are dependent on them. Brilliant as she may be, Claudia is only one of those Upper Middle Class successful professionals who serve them.
Notwithstanding these rather ill-humoured remarks, I must say that this is a highly entertaining novel with a fine sense of social observation and satyre. Anglophone literature is fertile in stories on narrow-minded English or Americans who experience an interior awakening in the contact with the flamboyant and rather chaotic Latin Catholic cultures, either in the Mediterranean or in South America.
Nothing as such ever happens here. She often behaves like an unengaged observer. We are far from those early XXth century characters who question their whole lives in the contact with "exotic", "untrustworthy" and "primitive" Latins such as Italians or the Spanish.
What could this lack of response say about Americans abroad in the early 21th century?
Was there a "closing of the American mind"? Or rather is it that Brazilian current social stratification, frivolity and anti-intellectualism offer Emma and her husband a magnified image of the ills that she knows all too well back home?
Maybe this is why Emma expresses a sense of guilt for being an intellectual in American society, where "useless" interests are often considered almost solely as the shortest path to unemployment. The opening of the novel hints at this last interpretation:7 tips to help you travel safely with your dog or cat this holiday season.
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