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Violent Land

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Originally published in Portuguese in 1943 as Terras do sem fim by Livraria Martins Editoria, Brazil. In this short novel, the aristocratic Badaros family is pitted against the middle-class planter Colonel Horacio Silveira in a struggle to obtain a crucial piece of land for the growing of cacao. Amado's true subject—and one he frequently comes back to—is the effect of the ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published December 28th 1988 by Avon Books (P) (first published 1943)
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Kenchiin
Sep 26, 2016 Kenchiin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book read in Portuguese! Yay :)
A not-so-fictional tale which uses the boom of cacao plantations in Brazil as setting. Romance, tragedy, betrayal and class struggle, all in one book, and beautifully written too.
Ben Winch
Aug 16, 2013 Ben Winch rated it really liked it
Pretty good. A bit too obvious, a bit unsubtle, but gripping, and musical in the bargain. Granted I'm in a strange place with my reading lately - attention diverted by cacophonous stepkids on the one hand and imperative to write my own stuff in my few solitary hours on the other - but a book like this, solid with soft heart and hint of fire, which hasn't let me down once since I started relying on it, is welcome sustenance for now, experimental/iconoclastic or otherwise. For years I scanned past ...more
Karlo Mikhail
Jul 21, 2013 Karlo Mikhail rated it really liked it
The title tells it all - brutally cruel landlords fighting over Cacao plantations, complete with flashes of jealousy, damsels in distress, hired assassins, cowardly politicians under the landlord's pay, prostitutes, blood feuds, and so on. Land grabbing is the in thing among the landed gentry that form the protagonists of this novel on semi-feudal Brazil. Great book. Reads like a European Classic. Like the Godfather meeting Madame Bovary or Crime and Punishment.
Brener Leopoldino
Jun 16, 2014 Brener Leopoldino rated it it was amazing
Me sinto péssimo por ter demorado tanto para conhecer a obra de Jorge Amado. Fiquei apaixonado pela riqueza histórica e cultural que esse livro apresenta ao retratar o Ciclo do Cacau no Brasil. Além dissso a trama prende o leitor que sempre anseia pelo próximo capítulo. Prometi a mim mesmo que lerei toda a obra de Jorge Amado.
C
Sep 02, 2009 C rated it really liked it
Charles Dickens, Mario Puzo, and the director of Tombstone, meet Brazil in 1900.
Howard
Jan 17, 2012 Howard rated it liked it
This is a fictional tale of the town of Ilheos in the southern Bahia region of Brazil around the time of the real ‘cocoa rush’ about the 1920s. It was written by Amado in 1945 who witnessed the situation when he was young (about 6).

The basics of the story centres around two of the wealthy main ruling ‘Colonels’ being Badaro and Horacio; they each own cocoa growing land neighbouring the Sequeiro Grande forest - this small section leads to a larger section of uncultivated forest, the owners of wh
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Fernando Ferreira
Oct 25, 2015 Fernando Ferreira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Épico. Impressionante relato dos primórdios do ciclo da cacau no sul da Bahia, em São Jorge de Ilhéus. Uma história de amor, sangue e dinheiro. Personagens inesquecíveis, impactantes: Coronel Horácio da Silveira, Juca e Sinhó Badaró, Ester, Don'Ana. A selva virgem, a mata fechada que se opõe aos planos dos homens e deve ser vencida, palmo a palmo, metro a metro - a natureza que cobra a sua parcela de dor, sangue e morte, mas que, ao fim, se entrega, vencida, a um deus mais poderoso. E o deus ...more
Felipe Oquendo
Oct 20, 2015 Felipe Oquendo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2015
Comecei o livro “Terras do sem fim” com uma voracidade especial: ainda guardava, com carinho, os bons momentos e lembranças oriundos da leitura, feita em novembro de 2011, de “O Capitão de Longo Curso” e “A morte e a morte de Quincas Berro D’Agua”, principalmente as gargalhadas que dei das piadas e ironias do autor (como esquecer a Ordem do Hipopótamo Azul?) e a grande admiração por sua linguagem, digna de um Camilo Castelo Branco e de um Herberto Sales.

Agora, chegava a vez de ler o outro volume
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Graziano
Dec 27, 2014 Graziano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verona-library
Il vento soffio’ con rinnovato impeto, recando al crepuscolo di Bahia qualche frammento delle conversazioni di bordo, le parole pronunziate a voce piu’ alta: terre, danaro, cacao e morte. (14)

I gufi lanciavano il loro grido alla luna nelle notti tranquille, quel grido che non era ancora presagio di sventura poiche’ gli uomini non erano giunti ancora fin la’. (49)

Prese Virgilio sottobraccio, lo condusse sulla veranda. L’alba che si avvicinava avvolgeva la Terra in una luce ancora opaca e triste.
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Paul
Nov 10, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the height of the Cacao boom in Brazil, two families battle for the pristine jungle of Sequeiro Grande, the rough, striving Colonel Horacio and the calm, steeled Sinho Badaro. Both surrounded by lackeys, hired assassins, lawyers, reporters and their families, they square off before being drawn inexorably towards each other over the last piece of their cacao empire.

A lyrical yet visceral look at human life on the frontier, as the colonels drive deeper into the virgin territory, replacing the a
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Newton Nitro
Jan 04, 2016 Newton Nitro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Começando a leitura das OBRAS COMPLETAS DO JORGE AMADO, com Terras do Sem Fim. Sim, que vergonha Seu Nitro, nunca leu o Jorge? É uma vergonha mesmo, mas nesse 2016 pretendo ler pelo menos uns 10 livros do mestre baiano!

E olha que legal, foi um dos primeiros livros dele, que ele publicou quando tinha somente 30 anos, em 1943! E o cara já detona logo nas primeiras páginas,vééééio!

O livro, como todo livro de Jorge Amado é muito gostoso de se ler, o estilo do mestre baiano é direto, alternando frase
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Sergio Zeiger
Apr 04, 2015 Sergio Zeiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terras do sem-fim é considerado por muitos críticos, entre eles Antonio Candido, como a mais alta realização literária de Jorge Amado. A força ficcional do romance concentra-se no retrato social profundo, inspirado nas experiências de infância e juventude do próprio autor, nascido em uma fazenda de cacau em Ferradas, distrito de Itabuna.

O livro integra, ao lado de Cacau (1933) e São Jorge dos Ilhéus (1944) o ciclo de romances de Jorge Amado que tematizam a cultura cacaueira. O desbravamento das
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mark
Jan 19, 2014 mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another of Amado's earlier books (first published in 1943) on life in Bahia, here documenting the settlement of the interior with cacao plantations. It is a pungent work, full of violence, romance, and political intrigue; Amado immerses the reader in the details of daily life, and the joys and terrors of that life are palpable. In his 1965 introduction Amado tells how, as a child, he lived through that period of tremendous development and upheaval, and in the last pages of the book we ...more
Henrique Cassol
Feb 21, 2015 Henrique Cassol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Novela brilhantemente escrita por Amado, com personagens tão ricos e expressivos que não podem ser outros senão reais.
Apesar de ter sido fundamentada em um época cheia de marcos históricos importantes no Brasil como no resto do mundo, a trama se passa no interior da Bahia, ou melhor de Ilhéus a Tabocas, mas com conflitos e preocupações semelhantes às vividas noutras partes durante aquela época. Por isso, foi tão bem recebida pelos críticos e pelos leitores mais inveterados.
A saga do Cacau envo
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Mayta Quix
Jun 11, 2009 Mayta Quix rated it liked it
epic, jocularly epic that is...such mode, I reckon, is Amado's signature; his knack for treating grim subjects with absolute conviction yet done nonchalantly and in a wise bewildered humor. That said, what surprises me in this book is that the observations of the inner turmoil of the major characters are at some parts as intense as Dostoevsky's; it is indeed quite similar in a way, as Amado enjoys lavishing the inner dialogues with repetition of words and phrases.
Library Shelf
Oct 13, 2007 Library Shelf rated it liked it
If you are clueless about Brazilian history and have no idea about the origins of the settlement of the "Nordeste" pick up a Jorge Amado for a reading experience. Romance, fights, backwoods assassins, the sertao, plantation owners fighting for land, jealousy, hatred and exposure about a time in Brazilian history.
David
Mar 12, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very tight, clean writing. Really compact for what is clearly an epic, much easier for me to hold onto in my head at one time than I expected. A pleasure to read, despite the blood. It's gritty, vivid, and takes me bodily to another place.
Katharine Harding
Mar 03, 2015 Katharine Harding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in Brazil, which added to the experience. It's very atmospheric. I felt as though I were there in the cacao plantations. I read an English translation - it was very well done I think, but my Portuguese isn't good enough to read the original for comparison!
Andy Bird
May 30, 2015 Andy Bird rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Basically a western set in the cacao rush in Brazil. Well written drama - murders, infidelity & violence abound!
Anastasia Gurinovich
My first Brazilian book. Lots of death, passion, love, betrayal, and the most of all lots of cacao. In the end the best cacao grew on the land "fertilized" with blood.
Samantha
I really like the portuguese writing. I could felt the tension between the character. My favorite character is João who shows a little bit of brazilian way of run of the polemic situation
Jim
Nov 29, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, brazil
In 19th century Ilheus, a violent land war breaks out between two "colonels" who seek a plot of jungle land to cut down and develop cacao farms.
Luis Galveias
Aug 29, 2013 Luis Galveias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um clássico da literatura Brasileira a não perder. Um romance como só mesmo Jorge Amado sabe escrever e apaixonar.
Maura
A good read about the brutal owners of cocoa plantations in Northern Brazil. An engaging and interesting piece of historical fiction.
Ednaldo
Narrates land gabbing through deceit and violence, a process called primitive accumulation of capital (assets).
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Jorge Amado de Faria was a Brazilian writer of the Modernist school. He was the best-known of modern Brazilian writers, his extensive work having been translated into some 30 languages and popularized in film, notably Dona Flor and her Two Husbands, (in Portuguese, Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos) in 1978. His work dealt largely with the poor urban black and mulatto communities of Bahia.
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