Unfairly arrested and charged with the murder of a police officer, Daniel has been jailed indefinitely until trial. A Brazilian prison is a terrible place to lose his innocence. Daniel would have lost more than that — perhaps even his life — if not for Mephisto, his cellmate.
Clippings is the story of the challenges faced by a middle class young man in prison, and his relationship with a dark, mysterious man who seems eager to protect him, but who might have his own inscrutable plans.
In the past I’ve read a couple of prison stories, and one of those was titled: Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison. That was a heart-wrenching story that has stayed with me to this day. So, when I read the blurb to Clippings I prepared my heart ahead of time. I realize that this is a fictional piece, unlike Fish, but still a young boy was sentenced to prison and you just know they are sure to undergo hell in every way imaginable.
Daniel, a young journalist was accused of shooting and killing a police officer in Brazil. I’m guessing he is guilty until proven innocent here, because without a trial he was sent right to the bowels of hell they call prison. Daniel was told where he was while he was in the infirmary, as he was unconscious when he was arrested and sentenced. The kind doctor arranged for the young student to be housed in a shack (cell) with a man who was charged and imprisoned for selling drugs. His name is Mephisto, and this means a servant to the devil or something like that.
Poor Daniel was told, right before he was taken to his shack that he was to share with Mephisto, that he was sure to be raped and made into his cellmate’s wife. Daniel, who is straight, was at that point shaking in his boots. He’s never been into trouble in the past so he really has no idea as to what to expect.
What he didn’t expect was to be housed with one hell of a great guy. Daniel learns a lot about himself as well as life in prison. Does he get out of prison? Read the book to find out.
The author did a great job with the details, explaining the prison smells and such to the point that I found myself wrinkling my nose in disgust. She drew out each of the characters wonderfully and even made me adore not only Daniel and Mephisto but the other characters as well. The plot moved forward at a nice pace, no open holes that I found, and it was a smooth read. I recommend this book.
Review by Michele