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“Bawdy, brilliant, human and humorous . . . full of unexpected delights--everything a modern novel should be."–The Denver Post

“A charismatic storyteller. . . . No other Latin American writer is more genuinely admired by his peers, nor has any other exerted so great a creative influence on the course of Latin American fiction."–The New York Times Book Review

"A sentimental masterpiece."–Los Angeles Times;

"Poetic, comical and very human."–Chicago Tribune

“One of the greatest writers . . . also one of the most entertaining.” –Mario Vargas Llosa

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Text: English, Portugese (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307276643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307276643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I lived in Brazil for several years and fell in love with Brazilian author Jorge Amado. "Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon" received some notoriety in the U.S. in the 50s or 60s, although Amado hasn't made much of a splash here since then. But his books are wonderful and shouldn't be missed. Apparently Amado was the son of cacao plantation owners, but when he wrote his first works in the 20s exposing land owners for their cruelty to workers, he was more or less disowned. I've read about a dozen of his works. Although each is very different, they seem to have recurring themes. Most take place in Brazil's underdeveloped Northeast, in Bahia or Sergipe. Women are often the heroines. Perhaps in further rebellion against his family, most of his characters are on the seamy side of society ---drunks, prostitutes, street people, con artists. Much of his work includes themes of death although not morbidly so. All are spiced with the superstitions, spells, and magic typical of folk religions that have their roots in the pagan beliefs of Africa transported to Brazil by slaves. "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" attracted some attention when the movie version appeared in the U.S. The Brazilian film, starring Sonia Braga, is one of my all-time favorites. It is funny, melancholy, romantic, and erotic ---but the novel is all that and much more. The story takes place in the 1940s. Flor, who runs a small cooking school in her home in Salvador, is married to Vadinho, who gambles, whores around, takes Flor's money, slaps her around, and is a master con artist who can charm even the padre. His only redeeming quality is that he is great in bed, tapping into Flor's deepest desires. But during one riotous night of Carnaval frivolity, Vadinho drops dead.Read more ›
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"Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands," by Jorge Amado, is a richly entertaining novel. The book has been translated into English by Harriet de Onis. "Dona Flor" tells the story of the title character, a cooking instructor who is widowed and who eventually contemplates remarriage.
"Dona Flor" is a big, sensuous, lusty novel that colorfully evokes the food, music, dance, sexual mores, ethnic diversity, and religious diversity of Brazil. Amado creates a huge tapestry of fascinating characters: the admirable Dona Flor; Vadinho, her roguish first husband; Dona Rozilda, her meddling mother; the gossipy Dona Dinora; gambling czar Pelancchi Moulas; and more.
Amado enlivens the novel with many delightful touches. He sprinkles Brazilian recipes into the text, and also offers insights into Candomble, an Afro-Brazilian folk religion with a colorful pantheon of deities.
"Dona Flor" is full of funny, romantic, and sexy scenes. The novel's plot also has an important magical/supernatural element. I highly recommend this novel, especially to those who are interested in Brazilian literature.
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I lived in Brazil for several years and fell in love with Jorge Amado, a Brazilian author few Americans have heard of, although his novels have been translated into a zillion languages. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon received some notoriety in the U.S. in the 50s or 60s, although Amado's works have not made much of a splash here since then. But his books are wonderful and shouldn't be missed.

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands attracted some attention when the movie version appeared in the U.S. with English subtitles. The Brazilian film, starring Sonia Braga, is one of my all-time favorites. It is funny, melancholy, romantic, and erotic ---but the novel is all that and much more.

The story takes place in the 1940s. Flor, who runs a cooking school in her home in Salvador, is married to Vadinho, who gambles his wife's money, slaps her around, frequents brothels, and is a master con artist who can charm even the local padre. His only redeeming quality is that he knows exactly how to tap into Flor's deepest sexual desires. But during one riotous night of Carnaval frivolity, Vadinho drops dead.

After a suitable period of mourning, Flor is pursued by Teodoro, a pharmacist who is everything Vadinho was not. Teodoro has a steady job, is responsible, honest, and respectable, and is careful with money. Only on their wedding night does Flor discover one other way he differs from Vadinho ---he's a dud at making love. Flor, a passionate woman, appeals to the gods for help and eventually figures out how to enjoy both of her husbands.

Apparently Amado was the son of cacao plantation owners, but when he wrote his first works in the 20s, exposing land owners for their cruelty to workers, he was more or less disowned.
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A wonderful story - it's particularly evocative for me since I've spent some time in Salvador in my youth and I'm familiar with many of the general places described here and used in the film of the same name. To a degree I suspect that it helps to be comfortable with both the Brazilian culture and Latin American literature in general but the story is timeless and so beautifully drawn that I think almost anyone can get to grips with it. The book is of course a translation from the original Portuguese but it's very rare that you notice this - it's an easy read for a native English speaker.
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