Being a reader made him something of a rarity among the booksellers at Amazonas. To most, it was just a way to make money, whereas to Jacinto, books meant something. Homer, Magellan, Marx - these man has changed his life with their writings. There were only a few vendors who really knew anything about what they sold. Jacinto could count them on his fingers. The rest were poor, barely literate men and women who'd come from the provinces fleeing the violence. They could be selling anything. Books held no special value to them, which is why piracy came so naturaly.
Daniel Alarcón, Life Among the Pirates.
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