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Gabriela, Clavo y Canela by Jorge Amado
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Sep 18, 2009

really liked it
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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 many characters and at times things became confusing. But I liked all the attention given to food.
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