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Gabriella garofano e cannella

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,047 ratings  ·  405 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 con ...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.

Beth Asma
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 ...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
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, ...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
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
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
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
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
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Amados 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
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
Oct 09, 2007 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."
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 ...more
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 ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those with a desire to travel through time, Jorge Amados Gabriela Clove, and Cinnamon offers a direct-flight to Brazils untamed Nordeste (the Portuguese word for the countrys 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 inspirational ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: My mom's estranged (former) best friend
I wasnt 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 Ive read, I often found it difficult to keep the (many) names straight, let alone the characters various roles in the towns political hierarchy.

But this book is so joyful that the societal issues it may or may not be trying to address just
Jul 14, 2008 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. ...more
Candace Bethea
Feb 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is an inspiring love story in which a man loves a woman and the people of Ilheus love their home. The relationship between the people and Ilheus is the first that is illustrated in the novel. Ilheus is a city that is socially in limbo between its cultural, Brazilian roots and the progress that the cacao industry promises. The politics of Ilheus are also reflected in the bar owned by Mr. Nacib, a central character who eventually falls in love. His bar experiences ups ...more
Feb 11, 2012 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 ...more
Jorge Amado's novel "Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon" is the story of a Brazilian town going through its growing pains. I liked the book, but didn't love it.... the story was a little simple though the characters were interesting enough to keep things going.

Ilheus is a growing town -- its character changing from a wild west type place where men had to carve their cacao plantations out of deep groves to a booming metropolis that, with removal of a sandbar in its port, will be able to trade directly
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 ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this book is a pure delight, right from the first page. Amados prose is awesome and witty, hot and sunny as Brazilian sun itself. I love it from title-page to colophon!

The story does have something in common with graceful Dona Flor in terms of the mood and abundance of good Brazilian cooking, it provides a certain flashback to the time of cacao planters golden rush in the good city of Ilheus. Amado brings up vital questions of civilizing world the attitudes towards women and
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great novel! Jorge does a great job of painting the landscape of life in Bahia in the 1920s, taking a rather progressive critique of culture and social values. This book has everything - drinking, brawling, straying (by both men and women!), and much much more. Great humor throughout the book.

Last thing to mention is that the English translation is also very good, capturing the authentic voice of the author as it is in portuguese.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off somewhat slowly, but it definitely sucked me in. This book contains several different themes: love, politics, civilization, corruption, and even the question of female agency. Its beautifully written and amazingly complex. ...more
Barb Nelson
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago, at a book club meeting, a guy whose taste I admired said that this was his all-time favorite book. I didn't stay in that group very long, but the name of the book stuck in my head and at some point I picked up a copy. Prompted by a book challenge to read a book in translation, I finally read it. It's good, very good, but it's not what I was expecting. The Gabriela of the title is certainly one of the main characters, but the book is not about her. It's about a small town in the ...more

It didn't surprise me that Amado had written political novels oriented around class struggle in his youth, for the main character of this novel is not Gabriela, however much the characters fawn over her, but the town growing into city of Ilhéus itself. Facile as Amado's characterization can get at times, the driving motivation is one of humanization of women, poor people, old people, and in some ways black people, although queer people get overly cut out of the effort. I may lower the
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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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