chapters 1-6, Part 1 Chapter One
Chapter one introduces the reader to the main character, Raphael Fernandez. Raphael, a fourteen year old dumpsite boy narrates this part of the story and it entails many interesting ideas about the Behala dumpsite. Raphael and his best friend Gardo spend their days searching the endless amounts of rubbish that cover acres of land. They live knee deep in trash along with many others, including children. We find out that most families start their children trash searching as soon as they can walk. Raphael describes himself as “a trash boy with style” (p.6). This implies that Raphael may be a bit better off than others around him even if he is not a normal boy who has a house, food, and family, he is special and is determined to get somewhere in life. Nearing the end of the chapter Raphael leaves the reader wondering as he says, “maybe one day you’ll find ‘something nice’. Oh yes. Then one day I did” (p.5). What Raphael finds will change his life forever but what it is that he finds, the reader will just have to wait and see.
Raphael’s “unlucky-lucky day” (p.7) begins at the start of chapter two. This is the day that turns his life and many others upside down. As Gardo, Raphael’s best buddy, and Raphael are searching through trash, glorious trash they come across an untouched delivery under a belt . Using their hooks both boys rummage through stupp (human waste) and rubbish, stupp, rubbish until Raphael uncovers “a small leather bag, zipped up tight and covered in coffee-grounds” (p.8). Unzipping it they find it to contain a wallet with eleven hundred pesos, a photo of a young school girl, an ID card and inside a folded map, a key. Keeping six hundred for himself, Raphael gives Gardo five hundred and they continue searching through the trash so as not to draw attention to themselves. Later on they discover that Jose Angelico from Green Hills is the owner of the bag...
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