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Gabriela, Cravo e Canela

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,377 ratings  ·  222 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.

Asma Fedosia
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 28, 2008 Tempest rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Brad Harder
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
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.
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
Fernando Évora
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 02, 2008 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Austin Frank
Feb 04, 2015 Austin Frank rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Austin by: Washington & Lee University
In "Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon," the reader is swept into the happenings of a small Brazilian town in what one can assume is the mid-1900s. Throughout the events of the town over the course of roughly one year, author Jorge Amado is able to tackle a number of complicated topics and themes such as small town politics, honor, machismo, gender issues, violence, power and progress. What is truly remarkable, though, is that Amado is able to discuss such a wide variety of issues all while painting v ...more
Kassie Scott
Feb 04, 2015 Kassie Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kassie by: Washington and Lee University
This novel was not one dripping with beautiful prose or sentences to be remembered. As a feminist, however, I do appreciate Amado's message, and his portrayal of many strong females throughout the work. With each character, love is redefined and adapted to suit the character's needs. Influenced by the past, some elements of love throughout the work are universal, capable of being understood by all. One of which is the fear of being imprisoned by love, either captivated in admiration for a lover ...more
Konserve Ruhlar
1900'lü yıllarda Brezilya'nın gelişmekte olan kenti İlheus romanın en belirgin kahramanlarından. Sefil bir kentin yavaş yavaş bir ticaret şehrine dönüşerek zenginleşmesini izlerken bir yandan da kent halkının olaylara paralel olarak değişen yaşamlarına tanık oluyoruz. Barbarlıktan medeniyete uzanan tehlikeli merdivenler kahramanları olgunlaştırıyor.

Kitabın adının Tarçın Kokulu Kız olmasına itirazım var. Kız tarçın rengi tene sahip ve karanfil kokuyor. 489 sayfa boyunca hiç tarçın kokmadı. Kitab
Faço minhas as palavras de Caetano Veloso na contra capa, "Jorge Amado é o inventor do povo brasileiro". Neste belo livro, Jorge Amado retrata como o progresso, não apenas material mas nos costumes, lentamente chega à terra de ilhéus. Enquanto uns o abraçam e lutam por ele, liderados pelo exportador Mundinho Falcão, e outros vêm o seu poder esmorecer e tudo fazem para lutar contra o avanço desse progresso.
A história é simples, bela e contém muitos temas universais como a mudança, o amor, a hipo
Não vi a novela (sou nova para isso), mas sempre tinha ouvido falar deste livro. Gostei bastante.
Patricia Rodrigues
Ando a acompanhar o remake da novela Gabriela e resolvi ler o livro.
Mary Virginia
When I first picked up this book it seemed daunting. How was I supposed to read a 425-page novel in less than a week on top of all of my other course work? Well, it went by in a breeze. Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon was captivating from the very first to the last page of the novel. How can a reader not become hooked when the book starts out with the murder of an adulterous wife and her lover?

Amado’s novel describes the booming town of Illhués, a town in Brazil known for its production of cacao.
Mar 23, 2015 Sally rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Alin G.
[Review in romanian]
Gabriela nu este un roman despre unul, doua sau trei personaje. Sa descrii romanul lui Amado ca fiind o poveste de dragoste intre mulatra Gabriela si arabul Nacib, sau o poveste despre ambitiile politice ale exportatorului Mundinho Falcao in regiunea orasului Ilheus inseamna sa ii faci o nedreptate, ca si cum ai spune spre exemplu ca in Cien anos de soledad este un singur personaj.

Gabriela este o cronica de oras, insa nu este vorba doar de un oras oarecare aflat in tranzitie,
A história começa em 1925, na cidade de Ilhéus, com o caso do homicídio de Dona Sinhazinha e do dentista Osmundo, pelo marido dela, o coronel Jesuíno, após os encontrar na cama. A honra de homem traído lava-se com sangue, segundo os costumes da cidade.

A primeira parte centra-se em dois personagens: Mundinho Falcão (Raimundo Falcão) e Nacib. Mundinho é um jovem carioca que migrou para Ilhéus e lá enriqueceu como exportador e pretende o desenvolvimento da cidade, melhorar os portos e derrubar Rami

This novel was Brazilian author Jorge Amado's breakout novel in his native country. It is a light-hearted love story as well as a political commentary, set in Amado's hometown of Ilheus. In the mid 1920s, the town is booming due to a rapidly expanding cacao business and bumper crops. The community is achieving a more settled respectability compared to the wild days of land grabbing and establishing of the cacao plantations, related in Amado's earlier novels, The Violent Land and The Golden Harve
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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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