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Gabriella garofano e cannella

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,313 ratings  ·  357 reviews
«Questa storia d'amore iniziò nello stesso giorno limpido, con sole primaverile, in cui il fazendeiro Jesuino Mendonça uccise a rivoltellate donna Sinhzinha Guedes Mendonça sua legittima sposa...»: così il preludio alla storia di Gabriella dal profumo di garofano e dal colore di cannella, mulatta sinuosa che non cammina ma balla, che non parla ma canta, e che è arrivata co ...more
Paperback, Einaudi tascabili, 505 pages
Published January 1989 by Einaudi (first published 1958)
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Jan 20, 2017 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.
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.

Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Mariafrancesca di natura viperesca sta con Mimmo Lucano
Cinque stelle perchè è Amado.
Cinque stelle perchè il Brasile è multiculturale, multirazziale, solidale, allegro, vitale, in cui si vive con i cinque sensi che guidano la ragione lo stretto indispensabile. E non è poi indispensabile essere ricchi.
Cinque stelle perche Mundinho Falcao è sputato José Mourinho: nel lontano '58, quando Gabriella vide la luce, Amado non poteva saperlo.
Cinque stelle perchè il musulmano siriano Nacib dà lezioni di civiltà e tolleranza: invece di lavare l'onore sporcato d
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Un bellissimo romanzo che mi ha circondata di colori, profumi e tanta spensieratezza.
La trama è molto coinvolgente ma anche la scrittura di Amado è invitante ed incessante, un vortice di parole che ammalia.
Ciò che mi ha fatto veramente divertire è stata la vita della città descritta attraverso lo sguardo delle zitelle pettegole e timorate di Dio e degli avventori del bar che seduti ai tavolini in piazza si fanno gli affari di tutti, sentono voci e ci ricamano su.
Nonostante la diffidenza nei con
Beth Asmaa
Jan 06, 2011 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 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
Inderjit Sanghera
The sultry smell of clove and cinnamon surrounds Gabriela, a conflagration of sensuality and salaciousness. Gabriela, like many of the other female characters in the novel, is a light whose ebullience is dimmed by the murkiness of male insecurities and hypocrisy, who sinks beneath the weight of Nacib, seeking to tame the wildness of her personality beneath the banality of bourgeoisie morality, ends up losing her and his happiness due to the-largely unwarranted-doubts which creep into his mind, d ...more
Fernando Évora
May 06, 2014 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
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
ณัฐกานต์ อมาตยกุล
ตอนแรกๆ จะมึนไปกับชือตัวละครแลวอยากยอมแพ แตพอเริมเขาไปในจักรวาลเมืองอิเญวส กสนุกและผูกพันกับตัวละคร เหนความชาวบานเมามอย และสังคมชายเปนใหญทีนาแขยง เหนความรักเรารอนทีฝืนศีลธรรม (ขนบ?) ไมไหว ตอนทายๆ นีแอบรองไหเลย แตจะอานยากบางสวนทีเคาะวรรคผิด ...more
Jul 11, 2009 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
Rita Valamatos
'E aqui termina a história de Nacib e Gabriela, quando renasce a chama do amor de uma brasa dormida nas cinzas do peito.'
Montse Gallardo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Novela con nombre de mujer que habla de hombres; de su visión del mundo, de sus deseos, de sus peleas, de sus normas, de su forma de gobernar, gestionar y organizar. La novela refleja una sociedad (una incipiente ciudad brasileña, a principios del siglo XX) en la que el progreso empieza a cambiar los modos de actuar y relacionarse. En la que se pasa de dirimir cualquier disputa a tiros a una política más "civilizada" (con compra de votos, alianzas interesadas y enla que siguen gobernando los de ...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
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
What a nice story. Amado created a perfect univers; as you read, you feel you are part of that univers. you live there together with Gabriela and the others. there is so much you can write about this book, there are so many concepts you can extract from it. The book is the brasilian society during the cacao boom. What i read in Galeano's book (the open veins of Latin America),i got to experience here, but in another form, as a novel.
This is a feel good book, which you don't want to end. A book w
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2007 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.
Brad Harder
Feb 12, 2012 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
Jan 14, 2015 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
El Cuaderno de Chris
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e1
Gabriela, Clavo y Canela es una novela sorprendente. No es lo que esperaba pero sin duda es una novela que no podía dejar de leer. La historia no se centra específicamente en Gabriela y Nacib, para mi la novela es un retrato de una ciudad de principios de siglo XX que está dando el paso de un lugar construido a fuerza y sangre a uno donde se piensa en el progreso y la tecnología.

Es una novela cargada de muchos matices, por ejemplo el machismo que existe en la época pero a la vez de personajes c
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
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
Jul 05, 2014 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
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
Hilary Hanselman
Set in 1920s Brazil, in the dangerous cacao plantation region of Bahia, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon captivates with romance and danger from page 1 to 426. The writing is like if Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Laura Esquivel had a Brazilian baby whose literary scope evokes magic but his subject is starkly real. The gorgeous prose is matched with a masterful narrative structure, full of violence and love, and it is broadened by the perspective Amado gives us on the cost of modernization in a region n ...more
Jun 17, 2012 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
Ameen Alwan
ربما هي الترجمة من جعلت العمل ممل وثقيلا إلى هذه الدرجة! تهت بين نسيب وغابرييلا وحقول الكاكاو وسخونة البرازيل ومطرها الغريب حتى لم أعد أمسك زمام القصة جيدا! لعلها الترجمة ولعل أحدكم يشجعني على إعادة قراءتها ومنح الرواية فرصة أخرى خصوصا مع كم الشهرة والجوائز التي حظيت بها
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, spanish
"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."
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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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