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The brief plot synopsis reads ‘DANCING WITH SOPHIA is the heart touching story of Baingana, a young man who was trying to run away from his problems, till the moment he meets Sophia and realizes that the only way to get close to her was by facing himself; however, what he had to go through was far away from his expectations.’
Ramalho has created a story about self-discovery in a unique fashion. He relates the disillusionment of his male character Baingana who is rather self-centered, loses his job and his girl and when all else seems to crash around him he encounters the strange Sophia.
‘As Baingana entered the next carriage, he saw the woman and the child leaving the coach from the other end. The old man was sitting right in the middle of the carriage, and as Baingana approached, he made eye contact with him, a serious expression on his face. “How are you, old friend?” the man asked. “Do you know me?” Baingana replied, surprised. The old man frowned, staring into his eyes. “You are human, right?” “Of course I am,” Baingana replied, thinking the old man must be crazy. The old man smiled. “In this case, we’ll have a very long friendship.” “Where are we?” asked Baingana, suddenly uneasy. “You should know, kid – after all, this is your world!” “I don’t understand,” said Baingana, frowning. “My world? I… I don’t understand,” he repeated. “You will,” said the old man. “You just have to dance with Sophia.” “Who is Sophia?” Suddenly standing up, the old man took a few steps towards Baingana, who in turn took two steps back, a fearful expression on his face. “Easy now, I won’t hurt you; you have yourself to do that, OK?” said the old man. “Answering your question, Sophia is the woman you saw leaving this coach, and she is my daughter – the girl with her is my granddaughter. You’ll have the opportunity to meet them both soon enough.” Baingana walked over towards the door Sophia had left through; he was so desperate to see her that for a moment he forgot to be scared. He tried the door but it was locked, and he looked to the old man, who was apparently undisturbed by Baingana’s actions. He just seemed so calm, and Baingana soon found himself becoming mesmerised by his calmness; it reminded him of the ocean on days without any wind – very peaceful and very friendly, but also extremely frightening when one knows that within a matter of seconds it could take you away forever. Baingana tried to control himself as he asked, “So, who are you?” “I am Abner,” replied the old man. “And you need me to dance with Sophia.” Baingana didn’t know what to say – none of this made any sense to him; the only certainty he felt was that he wanted to meet Sophia more than anything else in the entire world. From the moment he’d entered the coach he could feel her presence, and the way she’d looked into his eyes had made him understand he couldn’t hide from her, not even if he wanted to…. “You have no patience at all, and your mind is disorganized and impulsive. It will take you a lot of effort to be able to dance with Sophia. Be aware that you’ve never played this game before; you’re lucky Sophia is the ruler and she likes you.”
But enough of the unique pieces of this puzzle. Ramalho relates this edifying story with poetry, mystery, and very human touches of need and love. It is a strong first novel. Grady Harp, September 17
Such are the language aspects that I somewhat expected to find the book had been translated from another language; perhaps Portuguese based on the author’s name, or Hungarian based on the poetic depth and the feel of the book spanning Europe from East to West; this could have been set anywhere; Madrid, Warsaw, you name it. Indeed, as a train features prominently in the category of setting, it could also have been between places — which would be appropriate enough, of course.
Each chapter also contains an impromptu poem recital from a character; personally I did not care for these poems so much as the more prosaic work that surrounded them, but as ever, it is difficult to objectively assess such things so I can only relate my experience as a reader in that regard.
All in all, though, this is most certainly a commendable work that will stick with me, and I’m sure it’ll do so with other readers too.
The characters are well-written and the story is about much more than just being a love story, it’s a life story that I think we can all connect to on a deeper level and I enjoyed this tale.