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Jorge Amado has been called one of the great writers of our time.The joyfulness of his storytelling and his celebration of life's sensual pleasures have found him a loyal following.With The War Of The Saints,he has created an exuberant tale set among the flashing rhythms, intoxicating smells, and bewitching colors of the carnival. The holy icon of Saint Barbara of the Thun ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published 1970)
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PescePirata
Jan 03, 2013 PescePirata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi sono imbattuta in questo romanzo attirata dal titolo. Ad ogni temporale, mia nonna invocava Santa Barbara Benedetta che “tenesse lontano il tuono e la saetta”. Proprio questo ricordo, affacciatosi mentre prendevo in mano il libro, mi ha convita ad acquistarlo. E ho fatto bene! Un libro leggero per i contenuti, ma non tanto per la lunghezza (380 pagine!!!), che si leggono però tutto d’un fiato.

Siamo a Bahaia, in Brasile, dove una statua di Santa Barbara arriva da un villaggio per un’esposizion
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Silvia
May 15, 2013 Silvia rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of the Afro-Brazilian goddess Yansan (aka as Saint Barbara of Thunder) running away in the city of Bahia and changing the life of the people she visits. She arrives to Bahia as a statue of Saint Barbara and is scheduled to appear in a sacred art exhibit, but the statue walks away and starts having fun around town instead. The story is fun and imaginative, a mix of realism and fantasy, depicting European Christian vs. African traditions in Brazil, and is an interesting s ...more
Marisa
Dec 17, 2014 Marisa rated it really liked it
Jorge é um mestre da cultura da Bahia e do Brasil! Um passeio pelos rituais que figuram na formação da cultura brasileira. Mais que um livro bem escrito, um panorama da formação da crença e/ou descrença.
Beatrice
Sep 05, 2014 Beatrice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Scrittura dettagliata, dove una singola frase può esser turbinosamente ricca di particolari, descrizioni, riferimenti e sensazioni. Storie che si alternano, magari che si intrecciano, tanti personaggi (che ogni tanto sbucano così dal nulla).
Molte, troppe divagazioni.
Forse lo si potrebbe definire un bel libro di pettegolezzi, un tale livello di dettaglio descrittivo lo renderanno certamente molto scenografico, ma... in pratica rende difficile la concentrazione nella lettura ed il seguire il filo
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Czarny Pies
Aug 13, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Des marxistes qui croient toujours a l'amour libre
Shelves: portuguese-lit
Si vous etes un communiste convaincu et que vous aimez vous servir de la litterature afin de faire du tourisme dans votre fauteuil, "Bahia de tous les Saints" de Jorge Amado vous plaira enornement. Vraiment il y a du couleur local bresilien en surabondance dans ce roman. On y trouve des rites candomble, une nuit de carnaval frenetique, des despucelages abracadabrants, des pretres malefiques, des pretres marxistes (par le fait non-malefiques), des fascistes puritains et des footballeurs qui reve ...more
Angie
Nov 02, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
Amado claims in his intro/foreword that this is a light-hearted, fun book, and he just hopes someone has fun reading it. In that sense, it's successful. And it reads like a light-hearted book. Statue comes to life, some funny stuff happens, love stories and Carnival dancing, St. Barbara of the Thunder makes sure both the bad guys and the good guys get what's coming to them. Happy endings all around. In the meantime, lots of lewd language, baudy narration, laughing and winking.

It also has some se
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Barbara78e
Dec 13, 2012 Barbara78e rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi sono imbattuta in questo romanzo attirata dal titolo. Ad ogni temporale, mia nonna invocava Santa Barbara che “tenesse lontani tuoni e saette”. Proprio questo ricordo, affacciatosi mentre prendevo in mano il libro, mi ha convita ad acquistarlo. E ho fatto bene! Un libro leggero per i contenuti, ma non tanto per la lunghezza (380 pagine!!!), che si leggono però tutto d’un fiato.

Siamo a Bahaia, in Brasile, dove una statua di Santa Barbara arriva da un villaggio per un’esposizione di arte sacra.
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Carol
Mar 21, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
This warm, vivacious, fun novel is set in late 1960s Bahia, the capital city of the Brazilian region of the same name. A famous and antique statue of St. Barbara of the Thunder is due to arrive at the city's port so that it can be included in an important exhibition of sacred art. However, upon arrival, the statue miraculously comes to life and St. Barbara disappears into the city, where she has a profound affect on the lives of many people in the city. Among the effects of her actions and influ ...more
زاهي رستم
Mar 31, 2011 زاهي رستم rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
بدايةً، إن رأيي لا يلزم أحداً.. وأنا أعتقد أن بعض الكتب هي من النوع المحلي.. لا تحقق فائدة بنشرها عالمياً.. فلكي تستمتع بهذا الكتاب، يجب أن تكون من سكان مدينة باهيا (المدينة التي تدور أحداث القصة بها).. أو على الأقل من المهتمين بالأدب اللاتيني.. وبصراحة كثرة استخدام الرواية لأسماء علم مركبة وكثيرة العدد(من أشخاص وأماكن وقديسين...)أحسست بأنني أقرأ دليل هاتف باهيا.. وهو السبب الذي جعلني أقرأها على مدى طويل نسبياً..
أرجو أن لا تكون باقي كتب أمادوا على غرار هذا الكتاب.. والأمل يحدوني بهذا لأنه ذكر أ
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Denise
May 16, 2007 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: modernfiction
The religious repression and the many unethical Catholic priests portrayed, particularly in the early sections of the book, were unsettling to me. And I will admit that Amado's love of listing names of non-essential people throughout the book got aggravating at times but even the narrator tells us, "No one's obliged to read this book straight through." I did skip some (a lot) of the lists. Once I got into it, though, I really did like it very much.

Amado's conspiratorial storytelling style was ve
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Peter
Aug 21, 2011 Peter rated it liked it
Despite its central premise -- valuable antique religious icon comes to life and things get wacky! -- this is far from your average South American magical realism novel. Though it shares some of the trappings of the genre, Amado has set his story in a real time and place and seamlessly integrates the magical aspects of the book with Brazil's troubled 20th century reality. Some of the book's many characters are more lifelike and compelling than others, and the story does get a tad long, but all i ...more
M.Eloisa
Jun 28, 2013 M.Eloisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si meriterebbe di più perché il libro è pieno di emozioni, di pathos, di sensualità, di magia e religione, di tutte quelle cose che ti aspetti quando leggi un romanzo ambientato in certe zone dell'America Latina (quasi fosse uno stereotipo). Perde però per lo stile di scrittura: altalenante, troppo discorsivo da far perdere il filo del discorso. Perde per l'enormità dei termini tecnici non spiegati se non attraverso altri termini tecnici. Davvero troppo.

Peccato, perché questo libro è stata una v
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Mazel
Aug 09, 2009 Mazel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
Dans le Brésil du Nord-Est, le picaresque Antonio Balduino incarne la peine et les rêves du peuple noir.

Enfant perdu, mauvais garçon, boxeur professionnel, initié des " macumbas ", travailleur sur les plantations de tabac, docker, employé de cirque, Antonio cherche toujours " le chemin de la maison " .

Il a des amours - irréelles - avec la blanche Lindinalva et une liaison avec la trépidante Rosenda Roseda.

Une grève lui permettra de découvrir ce qu'est la solidarité et donnera un sens à sa vie
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Juana "Darkness" Duran
The War of the Saints by Jorge Amado. This book was about Saint Barbara of the Thunder. She has come to life and is now roaming free in the city of Bahai. Saint Barbara has found in an injustice in which a young girl is in love but her aunt won't let her see the young man. So Barbara sets a spell over the city to help the young girl and the love of her life. Who knows what kind of other help the Saint Barbara will do while performing her miracles all over the city. But her greatness was known be ...more
Kellyann
Feb 08, 2009 Kellyann rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
despite an overabundance of Afro-Brazilian phrases requiring clarification, this is one of the liveliest novels I've ever read. makes me want to head to Bahia! i'm a fan of this author's asides spoken directly to the reader, often commenting on exactly what you're thinking at that moment in the story. i'm fascinated by the collision of Christianity and other religions, namely those that are more "obscure" (for lack of a better word) such as occurs throughout this story.
Mrs.Lady
Jul 12, 2013 Mrs.Lady rated it it was ok
I read Dona Flor and her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado and it was one of the best books ever so I had high hopes for The War of the Saints. Unfortunately it was not translated by the same person who did such a magnifcent job with Flor. The prose in Saints was very awkward, it read like a 3rd rate translation. I had to force myself to finish it.
Alice
Sep 13, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
I'd like to find something by this author that's shorter. I liked his sense of humor (and reference to "the author" in the book), I liked the cultural references and the feeling of really being in Bahia. But, I found the book to be really tedious. Probably due to the constant use of candomble terms and reference to women's body parts.
Rmorgan1
Feb 09, 2011 Rmorgan1 rated it it was amazing
read ANYTHING by this brilliant Brazilian author, he wrote over 90 novels....I would recommend to anyone, he's contemporary and sadly just passed in the early 90's but his books tell the tales of Brazil's fascinating history, particularly on the cocau coast (chocolate region)
John
Aug 10, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a lovely little book and a grand example of magic realism. The story is simple, but it makes clear that love and faith are every bit as real stone or wood -- and that emotions are the cause of much change we see in the physical world.
Blair
Feb 03, 2010 Blair rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
eh. entertaining enough that i made it to the end. mostly good for rekindling an interest in orixás and bahia, but anything jorge amado writes is just an excuse to profess his love for a romanticized bahia.
Victoria
Feb 23, 2016 Victoria rated it it was ok
I tried, I just could not get into this book. Too bad. He is a fabulous author.
The other books I read by him were translated beautifully. This was a bit too awkward. Sorry!
Keith
Oct 02, 2010 Keith added it
Took a while to get into the writing style but that always seems to be the case for me with the magical realism genre. Maybe if I could have read it in the original Portuguese...
Sandra
Sep 18, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bello! Ho fatto un viaggio in Brasile, tra i colori, le feste, i balli. Indimenticabili i personaggi di Adalgisa e Danilo e il racconto della loro prima notte di nozze.

Brett Byron
Jul 21, 2008 Brett Byron rated it it was amazing
The statue of Saint Barbara comes to life during a Brazilian in this sensuous and exuberant novel about the battle between the sacred and the profane.
Gabriel
Sep 29, 2012 Gabriel rated it really liked it
"La desaparición de la santa", en español. Un relato mágico de Jorge Amado, donde mezcla santería y catolicismo; realismo y fantasía; historia y ficción.
Robin D'hooge
Schelmenroman zonder verrassingen, maar een beeld van een samenleving uit een andere eeuw dat helpt om Salvador vandaag een beetje beter te begrijpen.
Rah
Jan 11, 2016 Rah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books available about Brazilian culture, very funny and beautifully written. A must read for any literature fan.
Rachel Jones
Apr 25, 2013 Rachel Jones rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-gave-up
I tried, I just could not get into this book. Too bad, because I normally adore Latin fiction.
Jana
Sep 26, 2007 Jana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: around-the-world
I think this is my favorite book by my favorite Brazilian author, but I love them all....
Christina Maria
May 17, 2015 Christina Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
I loved the plot and characterization, but I found the book a bit tedious.
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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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