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He died in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 2, First to Third Letters Recife: In the first three letters, he talks about his family and his life in Recife. He describes dealing with hunger and poverty, and how "I never allowed myself to fall into fatalism" His upbringing is framed in a deeply Christian value's family, "I never accepted our precarious situation as an expression of God's wishes" In Freire's introspection of the first years of his life, he explains his curiosity and hopeful openness toward the world.

As a child, he resisted accepting reality as it was; he began to think that the world needs to be changed He experienced the cruel reality of how some children are prematurely forced into adulthood In the Third letter, Freire talks about an important value he learned from his family, dialogue.

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He also shares some experiences about how he began his first critical reflections. Freire emphasizes the importance of the natural and affective environment of his first learning lessons both at home and with his teacher Eunice. This background fostered his curiosity and inquisitive spirit, making him feel happy, "I had my backyard as my first primer, my first world, my first school" He remembers some of the figures that impacted his life such as Adelino, Martins and teacher Eunice.

Second Letter The economic depression: At age eight his middle class family suffered the impact of the s economic crisis.


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The family lived the contradiction between being hunger and not sacrificing his father's necktie. In spite of all difficulties, we did not get rid of the piano, nor did my father do away with his necktie" Fourth Letter The move to Jaboatoa: At ten, his family moved to Jaboatoa, in search of a better life.

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Moving away from the house where he was born was a sad moment impossible to forget. I experienced a fear that I had not felt before.

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It was as if I had died a little" He also relives the stories of "Mr. Freire also describes the town's life: the Duas Unas river, the ghost stories, the movie house, the two musical bands of Jaboatoa, as well as his life as student at Osvaldo Cruz High School. The eight letter is the voice of a son remembering an abandoned hope of his mother 69 , and the lost opportunity to get a job as secretary of a high school.

Ninth Letter His father's death: In fifth letter he stresses out the importance of his father's presence in the home and his influence in Freire's personal formation.

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From his father's conversations Freire learned for the first time about Brazil's political crisis and its social injustices, among other things. The ninth letter is a brief and intimate narrative about the loss of his father, "No one who suffers a substantive loss continues the same. Reinvention is a requirement for life" Tenth Letter The return to Recife: "The informal knowledge that was born of my life experience in Jaboatao yielded to more critical reflection born on my return to Recife" In , he returned to Recife where he worked as a Portuguese instructor in Osvaldo Cruz High School and, later, in others schools This period represented a time of academic formation, "I was intensely dedicated to reading, as critically as possible, the Portuguese and Brazilian grammarians" He devoted most of his time at bookstores meeting other intellectuals and exchanging ideas with them.

To ask other readers questions about Letters to Cristina , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 15, Drick rated it really liked it Shelves: political-thought , community-work , personal-growth , teaching. For those who are students of Paulo Freire's work, this series of letters by Freire to his grand niece are a summary of this major thoughts, as well as a look at his personal life, especially growing up in Northern Brazil.

I found these letter to be refreshingly clear and personal.

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They are a series of 18 letters Freire writes near the end of his life to Cristina, his grand niece. He covers politics, liberatory peadagogy, the death of his father, growing up hungry, the importance of language, hi For those who are students of Paulo Freire's work, this series of letters by Freire to his grand niece are a summary of this major thoughts, as well as a look at his personal life, especially growing up in Northern Brazil. He covers politics, liberatory peadagogy, the death of his father, growing up hungry, the importance of language, his love of reading, the balance between freedom and authority, the linking of democracy and socialism and so much more.

As an avid student of Freire, I find these letters a joy to read.

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March I reread this book recently, and find it not only shares personal stories of Freire's life but also refreshing views on life in Brazil through the lens of some of his key concepts like conscientization, utopia, reading the word, democracy and the like. It is a book that sees Freire "in context" and how he seeks to implement his ideas in his native Brazil Jul 03, Dodie rated it liked it. Apr 07, Raluca rated it it was amazing. Eseuri cu multe idei actuale despre rolul educatiei in formarea gandirii critice si in a impinge schimbari in societate. Oct 17, richard rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: carly.

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