Jorge Amado

"Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 10, 1998)

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado

Here's a twist for me, I saw the video of Dona Flor before I ever heard of this author or read this book.  I got a big kick out of it, even though it seemed on the low tech side of filmmaking.  Naturally when I later discovered this writer (through Shepherds of the Night) I was more impressed with the book than the movie. (Like who's surprised by that?) 

Dona Flor, a cooking instructor, finds herself widowed after her roguish husband drops dead at Carnival.  For her second marriage she finds a nice man with a good job as a pharmacist.  But as content as she is to be with such a considerate husband, she longs for her first husband's sensual pleasures - so powerful this longing that he comes back as a ghost making an interesting menage a trois.  It's a good humored story.

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"Shepherds of the Night"

Shepherds of the Night by Jorge Amado (Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 10, 1998)

"We shepherded the night as though she were a bevy of girls and we guided her to the ports of dawn with our staffs of rum, our unhewn rods of laughter." 

So starts this book and then we begin an epic journey into the nightlife, gambling, and music of the people on the Bahian waterfront. This is a collection of short stories, each has a touch of humor such as when we learn about the true acount of Corporal Martim's marriage and the Christening of Felicio.  All of these stories tie together to make one wonderful novel. 

This book is out of print, but if you can find a copy think of it as finding a little nugget of gold!

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About the Author:

Jorge AmadoJorge Amado de Faria was born in 1912 in the city of Itabuna, district of Ferradas in Bahia and grew up on a cocoa farm. He moved to Ilheus at age 12,after his parents lost all the cocoa plantations they had due to floods. He studied law in the University of Rio de Janeiro

Amado became the best known and most popular writer in Brazil. He was best known in the 1930s for his novels of social protest. By the 1950s he had evolved into a compelling storyteller more apt to poke fun at the establishment than to denounce it. His lyricism, imagination, and humor have given him a worldwide reputation and following. He wrote over 25 novels which were translated into 48 languages and stayed on bestseller lists in 52 countries. His novels portray life and customs in the Northeastern region of Brazil and deals largely with the poor urban black and mulatto communities of Bahia.

He was married to Zelia Gattai, also an author. They had two children. Amado died at the age of 88 years old on August 6, 2001.

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