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"This work can be described tersely but not unfairly as a contribution to the debate on Brazilian self-definition, rendered ineffective by being cast in the form of pastoral. Amado's theme is the life of the Bahian poor: not the whole of their lives, for we seldom glimpse them at the back-breaking work that must occupy some of their waking hours, but their leisure life. Hi ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Avon Books (first published 1964)
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Jim Fonseca
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A celebration of life among the African and mulatto population of the favelas of northeast Brazil in the 1960’s. These poverty-stricken folks somehow manage to survive and to enjoy life while they are at it. Many of these folks are con-men, thieves and prostitutes but they are good-hearted. You do what you can to get by even if it means running a crooked dice game or a scam. There are three main episodes that structure the book: the marriage (short and mistaken) of a playboy to a former prostitu
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Kezia
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature, own
Rich, comic, tragic tales of the barely-working classes of Bahia, the gamblers, ladies of the night, their lives and loves. Really it's three novellas with recurring characters. The first is a great introduction and scene-setter, the second is charming, and just when you thought this was Amado's least political book, the third section blows kisses to the robber barons in excellent Amado style. Perfect summer reading, with characters that linger like a warm sea breeze that smells a little like sa ...more
Peycho Kanev
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands and Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, but good in its own way!
Ensiform
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: portuguese, fiction
Translated by Harriet de Onís

Three interconnected stories of the gamblers, prostitutes and layabouts of Bahia, Brazil – of Colonel Martim’s marriage, of the christening of Negro Massu’s child, and of the invasion of Cat Wood by the hoi polloi. At turns highly comic, moving, and sad, the novel shows an extraordinarily deep understanding of human nature and various personal motivations. A brilliant writer, Amado paints a poetic picture of street life from the point of view of those who uphold thei
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Judy
I have been neglecting my 1964 list lately so I put three on my April reading plan. Jorge Amado was a Brazilian author whose novels about social classes, especially the lower ones, are full of rollicking scenes and expose the hypocrisy of the upper classes. He sets these tales in the Brazilian state of Bahai, where he was born and raised.

(As an aside, when I read translated books for My Big Fat Reading Project, I put them on my lists in the year they were first published, usually earlier than
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Mehmet
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Latin Amerika yazarlarını her zaman kayırırım. Ama Jorge Amado gerçekten beni mest etti. Çeviri de çok iyi olunca tadından yenmez bir edebiyat zevki oldu. Özellikle hicivde çok başarılı olmuş. Burjuva ahlakını yerle bir ederken kullandığı eğlenceli kara mizah bana göre eşsiz güzellikteydi. Zaman zaman hikayeden kopup geri geldiğiniz bölümler olsa da çeviri dili o kadar akıcı ve güzel ki kitaba bir şekilde dönüp yazarı ve karakterleri özümsemeye devam edebiliyorsunuz. Hem Amado'ya hem Cemgil'e şa ...more
Laura
Escrito às vésperas do golpe militar de 1964, este romance modelar se constrói em três partes autônomas, interligadas por personagens comuns: prostitutas, boêmios, vigaristas, a comunidade notívaga de Salvador, com suas leis e valores próprios: o culto à cachaça, o ódio à polícia, o horror ao trabalho.Na primeira parte, o cabo Martim, craque dos baralhos marcados e dos dados viciados, sedutor cobiçado, aparece com companheira fixa e planos de constituir um lar. A notícia cai como uma bomba entre ...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
Амаду има милиони почитатели по света заради удивителното си чувство за хумор, неповторимите си образи, бурните страсти и трагикомичните любови... Шестнайсетгодишната Оталия пристига в големия град да живее и да работи в публичния дом на майчица Тиберия, но с появата си неволно нажежава страстите. Влюбчивият Курио се хваща в мрежите на прекрасната Мариалва, жената на най-близкия му приятел и побратим ефрейтор Мартим, и всичко се заплита неудържимо по романтичен, комичен и героичен начин. Негърът ...more
Michael
.??? sometime 90s: i wish i was a night owl with these friends, even now when i can be reasonably aware of embedded misogyny, aware of errors of machismo, aware women are more than counters in a game of manliness, not your enemy if not your love…
Bob Newman
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A flockin' beauty !

The word "picaresque" was invented for the novels about the demi-monde of Bahia, Brazil, written by Jorge Amado. All of them contain characters you hate to part from, characters that will live forever in the world of fiction, the characters of novels like "Tieta", "The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell", "Gabriela: Clove and Cinnamon", "Jubiaba", "Tent of Miracles", "Home is the Sailor", "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" and many others. The lowlifes of that city in northeastern
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Rafaele
O Compadre de Ogum é perfeito.
Dan
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Shepherds of the Night" by Jorge Amado, translated from the Portuguese by the late Harriet De Onis, is three interconnected short stories about a dozen or so mainly poorer common folks in the state of Bahia ("bay") bordering the Atlantic coast in northeast Brazil. Bahia is the historical and cultural heart of Brazil and retains the greatest African (and Portuguese) imprint in custom and culture. The population is genetically about half African, over a third European, and many of the remaining N ...more
Nestor Jimenez
El bautizo del hijo del negro Massu y el padrinazgo de Ogum paga la novela. Hace mucho que no me reia tanto...que entrañable es Jorge Amado
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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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