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Gabriela, Cravo e Canela

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  4,439 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
Essa história de amor - por curiosa coincidência, como diria dona Arminda - começou no mesmo dia claro, de sol primaveril, em que o fazendeiro Jesuíno Mendonça matou, a tiros de revólver, dona Sinhazinha Guedes Mendonça, sua esposa, expoente da sociedade local, morena mais para gorda, muito dada às festas de igreja, e o dr. Osmundo Pimentel, cirurgião-dentista chegado a Il ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published 2007 by Planeta DeAgostini (first published 1958)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
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 is more than amazing, or unforgettable. And what is more than 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.

Jan 20, 2017 Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently I saw that a reader on GR had started Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon and I instantly felt delighted to see that title come up - rather like unexpectedly running into a friend from your past. Years ago I read a great deal of South American literature and this novel has remained one of my favorites. The story is often humorous, lushly descriptive of the people and the land, and it has an exuberant characters and plot. Rather like being at a Mardi Gras.
Jun 28, 2016 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nel Brasile dei colori, dei profumi e delle spezie del 1925, per la precisione a Ilhéus, dove ci si prodiga per le piantagioni di cacao, la bella Gabriella, dalla pelle color cannella e dal profumo di garofano, giunge con il suo carico di vitalità e passionalità.
Gabriella è una donna che non cammina, ma danza, non parla, ma canta come un usignolo, una tipica donna mulatta che cambierà la vita degli abitanti di questa città brasiliana, con il suo modo di fare e di amare e la sua cucina a base di
Jan 06, 2011 Asma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Ilhéus, a town in transition surrounded by cacao plantations whose colonels have set the tone for the town and economy. The mid-1920s bring chan ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Tempest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tempest by: Dawn and Kyle, via exhuberant GoodReads ratings
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
Jul 11, 2009 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
gabriela, clove and cinnamon (gabriela, cravo e canela) is a radiant and masterful work from brazilian novelist jorge amado. set mostly within ilhéus, 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 ...more
'E aqui termina a história de Nacib e Gabriela, quando renasce a chama do amor de uma brasa dormida nas cinzas do peito.'
Originally published as Gabriela craco e canela. Translated from the Portuguese by James L Taylor and William Grossman.

Colour of Cinnamon
Clove's sweet smell
I've come a long way
To see Gabrielle.


In that year of 1925, when the idyll of the mulatto girl Gabriela and Nacib the Arab began, the rains continued long beyond the necessary season.

Southern Bahia

ooooooh, want!!

Page 16 - Ilhéus began to be known as the Queen of Southern Bahia, an ar
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
This is one of the best books I have ever read, bar
none. 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
Fernando Évora
May 06, 2014 Fernando Évora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eis um livro em que fui adiando a leitura. Era gaiato quando esta telenovela fez furor em Portugal (foi a primeira novela brasileira na nossa tv). Nessa altura devo ter perdido poucos episódios. Há poucos meses houve um remix em telenovela. Vi alguns episódios. Pelo caminho li diversos livros de Jorge Amado, autor de que, pode-se dizer, sou fã. Agora peguei neste livro mais por uma questão técnica: como consegue este mestre condensar no mesmo livro muitas personagens, mantendo uma estrutura inte ...more
Brad Harder
Feb 12, 2012 Brad Harder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jorge Amado’s novel paints a compelling portrait of a town full of characters forging a new way of life from the old social structures of the previous one. The novel begins with a bifurcated duality pitting the conservative establishment against the more liberal cultural elite, with both movements finding champions in characters that are physically and socially representative of their unique paradigms. But as the mechanism for change shifts from bullets to speeches(163), the relationship between ...more
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
Sep 18, 2007 rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a story in two plots, one being how production of cacao and idealistic politics impact a brasilian town and the other being that of a poor girl named gabriela who goes to work for a foreign man and becomes his wife. every time gabriela comes back into the story, she gives it life. this book is a sensory experience and the precise simplicity of the writing is gorgeous.
Jan 14, 2015 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sally by: Washignton and Lee University LACS-256
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 ...more
Araceli Rotaeche

Excelentes diálogos, mucha riqueza en personajes. Inevitable sonreír al leerlo. Una novela que transmite alegría y encanto.
Amado contagia su gran aprecio por la vida en esas hermosas descripciones, costumbres, lugares, comidas y tradiciones...
Los personajes de Nacib y Gabriela son dulces....
Inspiran por su candidez, su nobleza y su ternura...Ambos me encantaron...
En contraste con todo lo anterior, esa necedad de aparentar lo que no se es. De actuar sólo porque 'así lo exige la sociedad'...Increí
May 11, 2016 Giada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho trovato questo libro tra gli scaffali dei fumetti e dei vecchi Geronimo Stilton e non immaginavo potesse essere così interessante. Non pensavo che mi catturasse in questa maniera, che mi facesse vivere l'inizio del novecento in un piccolo paese del Brasile. Ho vissuto assieme ai personaggi, ho vissuto i loro conflitti politici, ideologici e amorosi. Ho vissuto anche le loro gioie, i loro progressi e la modernizzazione di Ilheùs. Ho vissuto l'arrivo di Gabriella con la pelle color cannella e i ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Aprile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo di colori, di sapori, di profumi, di terra e di mare, di violenza e di passione, di pregiudizio e di razzismo, di pettegolezzo, di tradizione e di libertà, di potere e sottomissione, descrittivo di tutte le età di conquista
Oct 09, 2007 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, favorites
"Life was good, one only had to live it. To warm oneself in the sun, then take a cold bath; to eat guavas and mangos, to sing songs, to sleep with a young man. And to dream of another."
Sajal M Shrestha
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is a story of a city struggling to find its identity. As the city of Ileus experiences a burst of wealth due to its cacao plantations, it is caught between embracing the radical new ideas brought by migrants and holding on to its older traditions. These conflicting ideas are represented by two primary characters in the story, Colonel Ramiro and Mundhino Falcao. Colonel Ramiro, on the conservative side, is the kingmaker in the city of Ilehus and its neighboring cities ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Elisabete rated it really liked it
Acabei de ler, há dois dias, «Gabriela, Cravo e Canela». Já o tinha iniciado há muitos anos mas, na altura, não me despertou grande entusiasmo. Não sei bem porquê! Até porque eu gosto muito de Jorge Amado. Mas achei que este livro era bastante diferente dos outros que dele tinha lido e, talvez procurasse o estilo mais caraterístico do autor. Não sei, o que é facto é que li cerca de 100 páginas e pousei-o. Não o voltei a abrir. Até há bem pouco tempo... Resolvi pegar novamente no livro quando com ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those with a desire to travel through time, Jorge Amado’s Gabriela Clove, and Cinnamon offers a direct-flight to Brazil’s untamed Nordeste (the Portuguese word for the country’s northeastern region) as it was in the mid-1920s. By way of characters’ private thoughts and vivid descriptions of everyday life, readers are able to imagine exactly what is taking place in the novel, almost as if they were there observing everything firsthand. While reading, I was pleased to discover two inspirationa ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sudamerica
Gabriella ha un manto di ricci capelli neri, una pelle ambrata color della cannella, è odorosa di garofano, ama ballare a piedi nudi, indossare gioielli senza valore, cantare con voce di usignolo, ridere agli uomini che la guardano e perdono il senno per lei; Gabriella ha un corpo sinuoso da donna e uno spirito di bambina, inebria con i profumi delle spezie e delle sue pietanze, è insuperabile in cucina e tra le lenzuola; Gabriella porta una rosa rossa, una rosa caraibica, tra i capelli, ama i g ...more
May 02, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: My mom's estranged (former) best friend
I wasn’t expecting to love a book in which much of the plot focuses on the dredging of a sandbar to create a direct route of cacao exportation from the Brazilian town of Ilheus. There are a lot of politics here, and as with most of the South American novels I’ve read, I often found it difficult to keep the (many) names straight, let alone the characters’ various roles in the town’s political hierarchy.

But this book is so joyful that the societal “issues” it may or may not be trying to address j
Jul 14, 2008 Bobby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Written by the Brazilian author Jorge Amado in 1950's, the story takes place in the Bahia region of Brazil. The time is 1920's and the town of Ilheus is on the verge of transformation thanks to it's burgeoning cacao trade. The two main plots of the story consist of the politics of power (the older cacao plantation owners trying to retain power in the face of new, younger outsiders who would like to modernize Ilheus quickly) and the love story between two major character, Nacib and Gabriela. Amad ...more
Johan Garcia
This book, possessing a distinct artistic prose, yet lacking in complexity which deprives the author of understanding any of the stories, deserves a great rating. The main plot is a story about love between a mulatto girl, Gabriela, and an Arab-Brazilian, Nacib, who together develop their relationship and amorous endeavors in the city of Ilhéus that is experiencing political and social evolution. An incomparable portrayal of love and pain, every character in the story, although revolving around ...more
Genia Lukin
This is a cute little book, which, in the tradition of what little I've seen of South American fiction, meanders around a great deal. To say it concerns itself with its so-called principal characters would be something of an exaggeration - unless, of course, one assumes that these said characters are in fact the town and the region.

To be quite honest, I found the writing to drag quite often, and I was more interested in the rapidly-abandoned person of Malvina than in the eponymous Gabriela and h
Feb 11, 2012 Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon written by Jorge Amado is an exquisite novel about a love story. Alongside the love story of Nacib and Gabriela, the author tells the story of Ildéus by describing its progress, its political rivalry, its people and their traditions. Jorge Amado writes an extensive but enticing story that brings along the reader who is led to recognize, without a doubt, the beauty of the narrative. This novel reveals the nature of Ilhéus and how in this place, people resist change an ...more
Catarina Cabral
Nov 26, 2012 Catarina Cabral rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Está no meu top de livros favoritos. É difícil nao nos apaixonarmos por Gabriela, de formas redondas, cabelos selvagens e aroma de cravo e canela que se vai desenhando na nossa mente pelas linhas de Jorge Amado (que sabe criar e descrever personagens femininas como ninguém). Desde o principio que adorei o espirito livre da Gabriela, o seu grande amor com o teimoso turco Nacib e o retrato social de um Brasil do antigamente, assustadoramente conservador e igualmente hipócrita. Muita violência e al ...more
Erma Odrach
This book takes place in Brazil's Bahia region in the 1920's. The Cacao industry rules, and in the fight for control of production and trade, there is much violence, bloodshed and mayhem. Enter Gabriela, a free-spirited, famine-stricken beauty from the north, who comes to work in a local cafe. She becomes caught up in the surrounding struggles and ends up bringing about much-needed change. Gabriela's colorful personality alone makes it worth reading. However, all in all, I found there were too m ...more
Hanki Nguyen
Feb 02, 2016 Hanki Nguyen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin
Quyển này có vẻ còn chán hơn cuốn "Biển cả và Ái tình", bởi truyện mang tính tự thuật, đơn giản là kể về cuộc sống của một thành phố bước ra từ chiến tranh. Có những tranh chấp mang tính xã hội và chính tri. Trong đó nổi lên 2 nhân vật chính: 1 là anh chàng người Ả rập Naxip, 1 là anh chàng Mundiho muốn tham gia vào chính trị.
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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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