A Child’s Eyes

The Book of Emma Reyes by Emma Reyes is a memoir of letters written by the late Colombian painter.

Emma was raised in abject poverty by a woman who eventually abandoned Emma and her older sister. They ended-up in a cloistered Catholic convent where they were treated like slaves. Her story is heartbreaking. So many of her childhood memories tell of brutal treatment by those around her who should have provided nurturing love that it is almost unbelievable. Emma’s mother abandoned all four of her children and kept them locked indoors whenever she left the places in which they were housed. A garbage dump served as Emma’s playground.

This sad and tragic tale is one I know I will remember for a long time. Written simply by a woman who never received a formal education; it is a testament to the human spirit.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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