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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Vintage International)

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Staff Pick

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Gabriela, Cravo e Canela) is a radiant and masterful work from Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado. Set mostly within Ilhéus, a city in the coastal region of Bahia, Gabriela is a magnificently composed tale, rich with convincing characters and absorbing subplots. Amado deftly conveys the brilliance and intensity of life within 1920s Brazil, and the reader is left with a stunning and colorful impression of what daily life in the region would have been like. (Amado was born there in 1921.)

Concerned mostly with the hardships of progress (political, commercial, civil, and interpersonal), Gabriela is at once a folk novel, a romance, a political thriller, and a social critique. Amado expertly weaves together tantalizing tales of lust, infidelity, betrayal, murder, tradition, and humor, creating an extraordinarily expansive work. The novel succeeds in nearly every capacity, but shines brightest in its overall effect. With its vivid and unforgettable characters, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is an imaginative and absorbing work of fiction that leaves an enduring impression on the reader. This is indeed the rare novel that immerses us completely in the sights, sounds, and smells of a milieu most of us will never get to experience firsthand.

From Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon:

New streets had been opened, automobiles brought in, mansions built, roads constructed, newspapers published, clubs organized- Ilhéus was transformed. But the ways men think and feel evolve more slowly. Thus it has always been, in every society.

Recommended by Jeremy, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia
 
They call themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who live by their wits and daring in the torrid slums and sleazy back alleys of Bahia. Led by fifteen-year-old “Bullet,” the band—including a crafty liar named “Legless,” the intellectual “Professor,” and the sexually precocious “Cat”—pulls off heists and escapades against the right and privileged of Brazil. But when a public outcry demands the capture of the “little criminals,” the fate of these children becomes a poignant, intensely moving drama of love and freedom in a shackled land.
 
Captains of the Sands captures the rich culture, vivid emotions, and wild landscape of Bahia with penetrating authenticity and brilliantly displays the genius of Brazil’s most acclaimed author.

Synopsis:

From the great Brazilian author, an exotic tale of greed, madness, and a dispute between two powerful families over land on the cocoa-rich coast of Bahia
 
The siren song of the lush, cocoa-growing forests of Bahia lures them all—the adventurers, the assassins, the gamblers, the brave and beautiful women. It is not a gentle song, but a song of greed, madness, and blood. It is a song that promises riches untold, or death for the price of a swig of rum . . . a song most cannot resist—until it is too late—not Margot, the golden blond prostitute who comes for love; not Cabral, the unscrupulous lawyer who works for one of the Cacao “colonels”; and not Juca, whose ruthless quest to reap the jungle’s harvest plants the seeds of his own destruction.

Synopsis:

A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia
 
They call themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who live by their wits and daring in the torrid slums and sleazy back alleys of Bahia. Led by fifteen-year-old “Bullet,” the band—including a crafty liar named “Legless,” the intellectual “Professor,” and the sexually precocious “Cat”—pulls off heists and escapades against the right and privileged of Brazil. But when a public outcry demands the capture of the “little criminals,” the fate of these children becomes a poignant, intensely moving drama of love and freedom in a shackled land.
 
Captains of the Sands captures the rich culture, vivid emotions, and wild landscape of Bahia with penetrating authenticity and brilliantly displays the genius of Brazil’s most acclaimed author.

About the Author

Jorge Amado—novelist, journalist, lawyer—was born in 1912, the son of a cacao planter, in Ilheus, south of Salvador, the provincial capital of Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon. His first novel, Cacao, was published when he was nineteen. It was an impassioned plea for social justice for the workers on Bahian cacao plantations; and his novels of the thirties and forties would continue to dramatize class struggle. Not until the 1950s did he write his great literary comic novels—Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, and Dona Flor and her Two Husbands—which take aim at the full spectrum of society even as they pay ebullient tribute to the region of his birth. One of the most reknowned writers of the Latin American boom of the sixties, Amado has been translated into more than 35 languages. A highly successful film version of Dona Flor was produced in Brazil in 1976. He died in 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307276650
Author:
Amado, Jorge
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Taylor, James L.
Translator:
Grossman, William L.
Author:
Mac Adam, Alfred
Author:
Rabassa, Gregory
Author:
Toibin, Colm
Author:
Jorge Amado Translated by James L. Taylor and William Grossman
Author:
Putnam, Samuel
Author:
Adam, Alfred Mac
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
Portuguese fiction - 20th century
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;literature;romance;20th century;bahia;magical realism;latin america;brazilian;south america;latin american literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 0.97 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307276650 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Gabriela, Cravo e Canela) is a radiant and masterful work from Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado. Set mostly within Ilhéus, a city in the coastal region of Bahia, Gabriela is a magnificently composed tale, rich with convincing characters and absorbing subplots. Amado deftly conveys the brilliance and intensity of life within 1920s Brazil, and the reader is left with a stunning and colorful impression of what daily life in the region would have been like. (Amado was born there in 1921.)

Concerned mostly with the hardships of progress (political, commercial, civil, and interpersonal), Gabriela is at once a folk novel, a romance, a political thriller, and a social critique. Amado expertly weaves together tantalizing tales of lust, infidelity, betrayal, murder, tradition, and humor, creating an extraordinarily expansive work. The novel succeeds in nearly every capacity, but shines brightest in its overall effect. With its vivid and unforgettable characters, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is an imaginative and absorbing work of fiction that leaves an enduring impression on the reader. This is indeed the rare novel that immerses us completely in the sights, sounds, and smells of a milieu most of us will never get to experience firsthand.

From Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon:

New streets had been opened, automobiles brought in, mansions built, roads constructed, newspapers published, clubs organized- Ilhéus was transformed. But the ways men think and feel evolve more slowly. Thus it has always been, in every society.

"Synopsis" by ,
From the great Brazilian author, an exotic tale of greed, madness, and a dispute between two powerful families over land on the cocoa-rich coast of Bahia
 
The siren song of the lush, cocoa-growing forests of Bahia lures them all—the adventurers, the assassins, the gamblers, the brave and beautiful women. It is not a gentle song, but a song of greed, madness, and blood. It is a song that promises riches untold, or death for the price of a swig of rum . . . a song most cannot resist—until it is too late—not Margot, the golden blond prostitute who comes for love; not Cabral, the unscrupulous lawyer who works for one of the Cacao “colonels”; and not Juca, whose ruthless quest to reap the jungle’s harvest plants the seeds of his own destruction.

"Synopsis" by ,
A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia
 
They call themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who live by their wits and daring in the torrid slums and sleazy back alleys of Bahia. Led by fifteen-year-old “Bullet,” the band—including a crafty liar named “Legless,” the intellectual “Professor,” and the sexually precocious “Cat”—pulls off heists and escapades against the right and privileged of Brazil. But when a public outcry demands the capture of the “little criminals,” the fate of these children becomes a poignant, intensely moving drama of love and freedom in a shackled land.
 
Captains of the Sands captures the rich culture, vivid emotions, and wild landscape of Bahia with penetrating authenticity and brilliantly displays the genius of Brazil’s most acclaimed author.

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