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Sneer if you want Roll your eyes in disbelief and say there he goes again, he reads a good book then praises it to high heavens I tell you this, however this one is pure, unadulterated pleasure from its first page to the last It isthan amazing, or unforgettable And what isthan amazing or unforgettable I don t know Maybe, one can describe it like how Gabriela s seasoning she is a cook is described, tongue in cheek, in this book somewhere between the sublime and the divine.Th Sneer if you want Roll your eyes in disbelief and say there he goes again, he reads a good book then praises it to high heavens I tell you this, however this one is pure, unadulterated pleasure from its first page to the last It isthan amazing, or unforgettable And what isthan amazing or unforgettable I don t know Maybe, one can describe it like how Gabriela s seasoning she is a cook is described, tongue in cheek, in this book somewhere between the sublime and the divine.This book gives you all the joys you find in reading It transports you to another place, and to another time, where the air is sensuous and the words spoken are poetic, where the characters are alive like they are just next to you Then there is the humor, which is not soundless How many times have I read comical writing P.G Wodehouse included that I would just light up within, with a mute laugh inside Here, with Jorge Amado s wry humor and perfect timing I really laughed, with true sound of laughter, like a baby being tickled, sometimes because of just one or two words he used It was that funny, sound had to come out.And Gabriela She of the cinnamon skin and the smell of clove You won t forget her She sthan Machado de Assis Capitu, or Shakespeare s Juliet Around fifty pages before the novel ends, some characters were talking about her, in a chapter entitled Of Gabriela s Love The Captain asked Joao Fulgencio, how do you explain Gabriela Joao Fulgencio looked out on the busy street, saw the Dos Reis sisters wrapped in their mantillas, and smiled I don t know the answer, Captain Gabriela is a mystery, and a mystery is by definition inexplicable A beautiful body and the soul of a bird, said Josue The soul of a child, perhaps, the Captain speculated Of a child Maybe Of a bird No, Josue, that s nonsense Gabriela is generous and pure She s impulsive she lacks foresight and adaptability You can state her good and bad qualities without much trouble But explain her Never Love is not to be proven or measured, said Joao Fulgencio It s like Gabriela It exists, and that is enough The fact that you can t understand or explain something doesn t do away with it I know nothing about the stars, but I see them in the heavens and my ignorance in no way affects either their existence or their beauty Oh my, I need one extra star for this book so I can add it to the five I ve given it so eagerly and without hesitation like I was paying a long, outstanding debt Beautiful, beautiful book to borrow from Gabriela s description of Nascib the first time they met beautiful man Colonels, Cacao, and Country MattersJorge Amado must have been a kind, romantic man who loved life He was also a Communist for many years because he had seen the oppression of Brazilian laborers in the cacao plantations of the southern state of Bahia, a place he must have loved He had to leave the country a couple of times These two facts combined to produce an amazing oeuvre of novels over many years Amado s novels, including this one, present Brazilian life in a vast panorama reminiscent o Colonels, Cacao, and Country MattersJorge Amado must have been a kind, romantic man who loved life He was also a Communist for many years because he had seen the oppression of Brazilian laborers in the cacao plantations of the southern state of Bahia, a place he must have loved He had to leave the country a couple of times These two facts combined to produce an amazing oeuvre of novels over many years Amado s novels, including this one, present Brazilian life in a vast panorama reminiscent of the murals of Thomas Hart Benton OK, then, a certain romanticized view of the Brazilian scene The characters in novels such as this one, set in 1925, drink, spout bad poetry, eat fabulous local dishes and go to bed with other fabulous local dishes They are racially tolerant they don t pooh pooh the Afro Brazilian religion called sometimes candombl or umbanda Women are certainly objectified, but he also stands up for women s rights, for women to have lives of their own, to make their own choices Is this an accurate picture of Brazil GABRIELA is not so much a portrait, but a huge mural showing the gun totin colonels, lording it over their cacao plantations, with a history of recruiting gangs of gunmen to enforce their will The word colonel only signifies a big landowner, not a military rank It shows the rising economic transformation of a Brazilian country town in a colorful manner the new bus line, the dredging of the harbor, new buildings, an accredited school, economic and social organizations, the end of domination by the colonels, new ways of thinking Gabriela, a poor but beautiful immigrant from the drought stricken sert o to the north, who cooks divinely, weaves her independent way through this novel, which is really about politics, cultural styles, and the economic changes brought by cacao cultivation in the area of Ilh us, a city and region in the state of Bahia There are a vast number of characters as in a Breughel painting, none of them developed very much, except for Nacib, a Syrian bar owner at the center of the town s elite such as it was, but fated to love the innocent Gabriela who is certainly the author s sexual fantasy The main character is really Transformation, not only of the town, but of some of the characters.Though the book concerns change in a violent land, most characters survive till the end and the baddies mostly turn out to be honorable and possibly changeable If you prefer grim tales of oppression, reeking with the dreaded socio economic import , probably you should forget about GABRIELA It is, as I said, a novel written by a kind man who saw life as a comedy rather than a tragedy, who saw potential in everyone, sympathized with people of all classes I first read it over half a century ago, recently re read it and still found it most enjoyable When I actually went to Brazil some years back, I realized how much literary creation can differ from actual society Jorge Amado, author of Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon tells a good, sometimes funny, story about a coastal, cacao town in Bahia, Brazil The subtitle, clove and cinnamon, while hinting at the cooking in the story, refers to the fragrance and appearance of the young woman Gabriela, a migrant who survived the journey from the drought stricken backlands to Ilh us, a town in transition surrounded by cacao plantations whose colonels have set the tone for the town and economy The mid 1920s bring chan Jorge Amado, author of Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon tells a good, sometimes funny, story about a coastal, cacao town in Bahia, Brazil The subtitle, clove and cinnamon, while hinting at the cooking in the story, refers to the fragrance and appearance of the young woman Gabriela, a migrant who survived the journey from the drought stricken backlands to Ilh us, a town in transition surrounded by cacao plantations whose colonels have set the tone for the town and economy The mid 1920s bring change the political chief dies before the election, the incomers are bringing progressive ideas a daily newspaper, a plan to stabilize the sand in the sea channel, a notion of woman s freedom, etc , and the crop production and economy are booming Amado s story resolves the conflicts of the transition between the outmoded customs and the present needs to foster a town and characters in tune with their real natures This novel is about a town organized almost exclusively around sex and violence, but through a growing prosperity is suddenly having to reconsider this fundamental structure and become civilized The plot teeters back and forth between the town s upcoming election and the romance between a poor woman and a rich man In both circumstances, there is a direct conflict between what is and what, inevitably, will be.Phoenix like, the couple loves, then hates, then loves again The idea seems to be t This novel is about a town organized almost exclusively around sex and violence, but through a growing prosperity is suddenly having to reconsider this fundamental structure and become civilized The plot teeters back and forth between the town s upcoming election and the romance between a poor woman and a rich man In both circumstances, there is a direct conflict between what is and what, inevitably, will be.Phoenix like, the couple loves, then hates, then loves again The idea seems to be that the core of something, whether it is a person or a town, is unalterable It can be gussied up, but will eventually re emerge as raw and dirty as it began, only to be gussied up onceStimulating and titillating rhythmic and poetic Timeless, etc A good book This is one of the best books I have ever read, barnone If I could give this book six stars I would do it in a heartbeat.Before I tell you why I loved this book so much and why Jorge Armado is one of the best poets and writers in the modern day era, let me give you a little info on how I rate books So every book I read starts out with five stars They all really do, and over time when I read the book I will downgrade and upgrade from the downgrade based on character development, the story itsel This is one of the best books I have ever read, barnone If I could give this book six stars I would do it in a heartbeat.Before I tell you why I loved this book so much and why Jorge Armado is one of the best poets and writers in the modern day era, let me give you a little info on how I rate books So every book I read starts out with five stars They all really do, and over time when I read the book I will downgrade and upgrade from the downgrade based on character development, the story itself, how well it was written, you get the picture Of course my opinions are subjectedbut these are my opinions.Books that I have rated five stars in the final rating usually went through a small or sometimes large period of being downgraded to a 3 star or 4 star, but the books was getting good enough and ended well enough for it to be rated 5 stars in the long run What I m trying to say is, every five star book has flaws but are not big enough to really get angry about So what does this all have to do with Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon I ll tell you This book never had a downgrade period ONCE Nope Not once at all Throughout my experience reading this impeccable book it always remained 5 brightly shining, clove scented stars Reading this from the start I knew I was in for a treat instead of a train ride through hell.What s funny is I knew nothing about this book when I bought it I just liked the title and it was listed in Powell s as 25 Books you should Read Before You Die I ve read three books from the recommended list so far and all three have been amazing The staff there have good taste, as you can see I hope the list makes this book a littlepopular.Now, to the book itself The plot isn t that elaborate It s about a booming town in South America called Ilheus, who makes its money from the huge cocoa industry The growth of the town brings artisans, progressives, and many other non conformistsor so they say.It s funny because the book obviously shows the leftist politics of Armado, but it s not shoved in your face In fact, it took me a couple hundred pages to piece it together I know some people seem to associate the word leftist with PC and demanding , but this really isn t the case at all Being liberal myself I found myself agreeing with a lot of Armado s viewpoints Really though, you don t have to be liberal at all to agree with what he says There s a scene in the book where a woman is shot to death by her husband for adultery, and he isn t sent to jail until the end of the book The reason he isn t put in trial for a long time is because the old fashioned people who run the town believe she deserved it, as they view the women as caring for the children and her husband What s ironic though is they have no opinions for the men who spend time with prostitutes while they re married It s not until the old mayor is placed with a new one does the man get sent to court.I loved the character, Gabriela She becomes a cook for a middle eastern man named Nacib, who has sexual relations with her and marries her, later She is an interesting woman, to say the very least She comes to the town via a group traveling across South America, who settle into a camp which she departs until she meets Nacib, the man she ll be working for and later love and marry Despite going from rags to riches her heart is still the voice of an innocent child wanting to have fun, go to circuses, and play with the smaller children She is a simple yet lovely woman.The book is simply about the life in a small Brazilian town and a brief capture of the early life of Gabriela and Nacib The political commentary is genius, and the poetry Armado leaves at the beginning of each part of the book there are four parts are just beautiful One part is named after an intelligent teenage girl who doesn t want to get married like the rest of the girls, and wants to instead leave the town and become an independent female The poem is about her not wanting to be restricted and wanting freedom I d caption the poem, but it would spoil part of the book.I didn t really realize until after I d finish parts of the book how funny it really could be It mocks the conformist views of the extremely old fashionedbut in a tongue in cheek way and is never belittling and mean An example There s a part where there are these men in a bar, who are chatting away until some schoolgirls come in One of the men recognizes them and introduces them to Nacib in this manner And here is Melvina and Josua, currently students at the parochial school and our future wives and mothers The humor is subtle and hilarious It also gets you thinking and after thinking about it, can make you slightly angry to hear girls being treated that wayand this why Armado is a genius It s easy to make somebody simply laugh, or cry, or angry, or really any common emotion you can think ofbut having somebody make you convey all these emotions at once and feeling it all repeatedly and just saying I wholeheartedly agree is just astounding and is a sign that the author is extremely talented.Even though I say this at the end of almost every review of a book I likeI IMPLORE you, check out this book whenever you can If you see it at your book store, buy it for crying out loud This book is not that common and this is the first English re print of it since I believe the 1980 s This is a great piece of political and psychological satire that should be read in classrooms The sultry smell of clove and cinnamon surrounds Gabriela, a conflagration of sensuality and salaciousness Gabriela, like many of the other female characters in the novel, is a light whose ebullience is dimmed by the murkiness of male insecurities and hypocrisy, who sinks beneath the weight of Nacib, seeking to tame the wildness of her personality beneath the banality of bourgeoisie morality, ends up losing her and his happiness due to the largely unwarranted doubts which creep into his mind, d The sultry smell of clove and cinnamon surrounds Gabriela, a conflagration of sensuality and salaciousness Gabriela, like many of the other female characters in the novel, is a light whose ebullience is dimmed by the murkiness of male insecurities and hypocrisy, who sinks beneath the weight of Nacib, seeking to tame the wildness of her personality beneath the banality of bourgeoisie morality, ends up losing her and his happiness due to the largely unwarranted doubts which creep into his mind, due to his inability to accept and love Gabriela for what she is and to mould her into a respectable, but soulless, woman.Reading the story of Nacib and Gabriela, the reader recalls this quote from Antoine de Saint Exup ry And that heart which was a wild garden was give to him who only loved trimmed lawns And the imbecile carries the princess into slavery Gabriela herself intuits when she considers Nacib s marriage proposal Nacib, measuring Gabriela against the prostitutes he frequents, feels love is expensive shoes and laced clothing, domestic oppression and social pretence for Gabriela it is the feel of Nacib s body over her thigh at night Nacib views love as a form of ownership, whereas for Gabriela it is freedom Indeed the novel is full of women who seek to break free from the yoke of societal prejudices, from the hypocrisy of men and to re take ownership of their bodies and emotions whilst Gabriela s struggle isprimitive than intellectual, it is symptomatic of the struggles the female characters face in the novel.The cadence and rhythm of Amado s prose echoes the sensuality note just of the story, but of Ilheus and of the sultry hedonism of Bahia and and the fiery atmosphere which pervades the novel The prayer rose to the diaphanous, cloudless sky, with a pitiless sun a murderous ball of fire set on the newborn pod of cacao sprouts Mixed in with this are the plots and political intrigues, of the Machiavellian machinations of local politics and of the wide spread cronyism inherent in Brazilian politics as well as a series of soap opera sub plots However,fundamental than this is the story of a well meaning, if naive, man who seeks to enslave the woman who only seeks freedom in the love she feels for him gabriela, clove and cinnamon gabriela, cravo e canelais a radiant and masterful work from brazilian novelist jorge amado set mostly within ilh us, 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 1920 s 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 gabriela, clove and cinnamon gabriela, cravo e canelais a radiant and masterful work from brazilian novelist jorge amado set mostly within ilh us, 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 1920 s 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 new streets had been opened, automobiles brought in, mansions built, roads constructed, newspapers published, clubs organized ilh us was transformed but the ways men think and feel evolveslowly thus it has always been, in every society.color of cinnamon,clove s sweet smell,i ve come a long wayto see gabrielle In Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, Amado characterizes Brazilian culture throughout the 1920s through what could be considered the stereotypical sugar cane start up town of Ilheus Although I admit that Amado did a decent job of describing the general life and culture throughout this time period and locale, I could not get past his writing styles 10 pages of action were followed by 75 page dryspells Some of the imagery lead to me to see Brazil and Ilheus, but other attempts at imagery left me In Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, Amado characterizes Brazilian culture throughout the 1920s through what could be considered the stereotypical sugar cane start up town of Ilheus Although I admit that Amado did a decent job of describing the general life and culture throughout this time period and locale, I could not get past his writing styles 10 pages of action were followed by 75 page dryspells Some of the imagery lead to me to see Brazil and Ilheus, but other attempts at imagery left me wantingI am unsure if it was the translation that I hated, but I found the style fairly disjointed Reminding me of the end of Lost, I was left with severalquestions than answers, and indeed I felt as though it was very similar to a Disney ending of everything being right in the world Because the author so much focused on the political life of Ilheus, I figuredwould be answered than we were left with, and this left a sour taste in my mouth In addition for the narrator to preface the summer by it being the summer Gabriela came into Nacib s life, it is very difficult to understand why Nacib and Gabriela didn t play major roles in the first chapter of the four chapter book In the end there was a lot of fluff and not enough depth to make me understand why Amado wrote this for anything other than an artistic piece {Read} Ç Gabriela, clavo y canela ï Gabriela, clavo y canela es una bella met fora del cambio y el progreso La historia de Ilh us, peque o pueblo de Brasil donde se desarrolla la novela, sirve de marco al autor para relatar varias historias, entre ellas, la m s importante, el amor entre Gabriela y NacibEl lector recorre junto con los protagonistas el trayecto que conduce al motivo argumental de la novela la llegada de la modernidad a Ilh us, reflej ndose en las instituciones, las costumbres y aun en la conciencia de los personajesAmado lleva al lector a hacer un recorrido deslumbrante en el que la gastronom a, la sensualidad y los placeres ocupan un primer plano y se encargan de poner de manifiesto su capacidad narrativa para captar la vida y el movimiento que dan sustancia a esta obra My hypothesis has been solved If I enjoy a book discussion book, the other members will not like it If the other members of the book discussion group enjoy a book, I will not.Jorge Amado introduces us to the fictionalized version of his home town Ilheus, Brazil The story takes place during the 1920s, where everyone s dream is to own a cacoa plantation and turn Ilheus into a prosperus, cultured town Most of the wealthy men come to Ilheus to drink at Nacib s bar and sleep with their mistresse My hypothesis has been solved If I enjoy a book discussion book, the other members will not like it If the other members of the book discussion group enjoy a book, I will not.Jorge Amado introduces us to the fictionalized version of his home town Ilheus, Brazil The story takes place during the 1920s, where everyone s dream is to own a cacoa plantation and turn Ilheus into a prosperus, cultured town Most of the wealthy men come to Ilheus to drink at Nacib s bar and sleep with their mistresses One of these men find that his wife is sleeping around, and decides to shoot them both According to old laws, this is his right to do so in order to protect his honor At the same time Nacib is looking for a new cook and finds Gabriela in the slave market Gabriela is young, beautiful, and most importantly a good cook Nacib realizes he can t live without her and decides to marry her But is marriage really what will be best for Gabriela, a free spirit I liked the book, mostly because it sounded like something I read for an old professor of mine I agree with my book discussion group that it was hard to keep track of all the characters and some parts were a little dry Overall, I thought it was a good example of Latin American literature