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Posted December 23, 2007
Another masterpiece by Jorge Amado
Gabriela Clove and Cinnamon is a more than delicious and delightful novel that takes place in the Brazilian town of Ilheus in the mid 1920¿s. The plot centers on the romance between the bar owner Nacib, the Arab, and the graceful Gabriela, a mullato beauty that is willing to work as Nacib´s cook for next to nothing as she is running away from famine. This takes time and place when and where the cacao prosperity is changing every aspect of the political and social lives at Ilheus. I chose this book since I had already read Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, also by Jorge Amado, and absolutely loved it. By no chance was I disappointed. This is just another masterpiece by the late Jorge Amado that I just could not put down until I finished and, besides, made me laugh and feel great all throughout the book. I won¿t give away the plot, but I am telling you, it is one of the finest novels by a Latin-American author that I have ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2004
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Superbly written with a wonderful story and a great cast of characters. Amado shows the beauty of an old countryside and the mysticism and power of cooking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2000
Incredibly good read
I studied for a semester in Costa Rica and was required to read this book for one of my classes (in English). It is a wonderful book, full of great insights into the Brazilian psyche and culture. And as an added bonus it is extremely humorous but in a very subtle, tongue-in-cheek way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2010
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