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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

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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.

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

One bright spring day in 1925, Gabriela arrives from the poverty-stricken backwoods of Brazil to the lively seaside port of Ilhéus amid a flock of filthy migrant workers. Though wearing rags and covered in dirt, she attracts the attention of Nacib, a cafe owner, who is in desperate need of a new cook. So dire is his situation that he hires the disheveled girl. The savvy young woman quickly proves to be an excellent chef and--once well-scrubbed and decently dressed--an eye-catching beauty. Nacib quickly finds himself the owner of the most prosperous business in town--and the employer of its most sought-after woman. One bright spring day in 1925, Gabriela arrives from the poverty-stricken backwoods of Brazil to the lively seaside port of IlhEus amid a flock of filthy migrant workers. Though wearing rags and covered in dirt, she attracts the attention of Nacib, a cafe owner, who is in desperate need of a new cook. So dire is his situation that he hires the disheveled girl. The savvy young woman quickly proves to be an excellent chef and --once well-scrubbed and decently dressed--an eye-catching beauty. Nacib quickly finds himself the owner of the most prosperous business in town--and the employer of its most sought-after woman.

About the Author

Jorge Amado was born in 1912 in llh?us, the provincial capital of the state of Bahia, whose society he portrays in such acclaimed novels as Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon; Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands; and Tereza Batista: Home from the Wars. His father was a cocoa planter, and his first novel, Cacau, published when he was nineteen, is a plea for social justice for the workers on the cocoa estates south of Bahia. The theme of class struggle continued to dominate in his novels of the 1930s and '40s, but with the 1950s and Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon(1958), the political emphasis gave way to a lighter, more novelistic approach. It was in that novel, published in the United States when Amado was fifty and enthusiastically received in some fourteen countries, that he first explored the rich literary vein pursued in Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. A highly successful film version of Dona Flor was produced in Brazil in 1976.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380012053
Translator:
Taylor, James L.
Translator:
Grossman, William
Author:
Amado, Jorge
Author:
Grossman, William
Publisher:
Avon
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Copyright:
Series Volume:
[40]
Publication Date:
19820301
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbou
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.90x4.19x1.33 in. .54 lbs.

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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.

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