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In his unanimously praised novel full of sex and adventure, violence and courage, Amado has created a South American "Western" and people it with wonderfully earthy characters from his childhood.

A gritty, exhuberant novel of a town, its people, and their passion for living.

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Overview

In his unanimously praised novel full of sex and adventure, violence and courage, Amado has created a South American "Western" and people it with wonderfully earthy characters from his childhood.

A gritty, exhuberant novel of a town, its people, and their passion for living.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Amado's 22nd novel is an unfocused and somewhat maudlin epic set in the lawless wilds of the Bahian jungle, where thugs and prostitutes ply their dismal trades amidst arbitrary bloodshed and hardship,'' wrote PW , calling this ``a busy patchwork that lacks pattern and direction.'' (Feb.)
Library Journal
In this 21st novel by Brazil's master storyteller, the central character is a town. Already known to followers of Amado's fiction, Tocaia Grande is here depicted in the days before its elevation to county seat and its change of name to Irisopolis. These are the rawer days of its original settlement some 20 years after the Brazilian emancipation of slaves when it was nothing more than a dump with a store and a cluster of fugitives, whores, and stragglers. It's ``every man for himself'' in this tropical hinterland whose candidacy as a real town comes only with the arrival of one bona fide family consisting almost miraculously of husband, wife, and children. The richness of this collective saga resides in its diversity of characters. Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553346664
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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