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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands [Mass Market Paperback]

Jorge Amado , Harriet De Onis
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May 1998
When Dona Flor's husband dies suddenly, she forgets all his defects and remembers only his passion. Erotic nightmares haunt her. Dr Teodoro, a local pharmacist, proposes marriage and Dona Flor accepts, hoping to recapture the ecstasy she now craves. One night, her first husband materializes naked at the foot of her bed, eager to reclaim his conjugal rights. The visit is the first of many, as Dona Flor, racked by desire but reluctant to betray the upright pharmacist, responds to the ethereal demands of her first husband. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands shows why Jorge Amado is Brazil's best-known writer. It is the work of a brilliant story-teller whose love for his characters matches his powers of evocation. An epic book.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380017962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380017966
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,613,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bawdy, brilliant, human and humorous . . . full of unexpected delights--everything a modern novel should be."-"The Denver Post" "A charismatic storyteller. . . . No other Latin American writer is more genuinely admired by his peers, nor has any other exerted so great a creative influence on the course of Latin American fiction."-"The New York Times Book Review" "A sentimental masterpiece."-"Los Angeles Times"; "Poetic, comical and very human."-"Chicago Tribune" "One of the greatest writers . . . also one of the most entertaining." -Mario Vargas Llosa --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jorge Amado was born in northeastern Brazil in 1912. His early masterpiece is The Violent Land. A political exile in the 1940s, he lived for many years in Prague and Paris. The success of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands brought Jorge Amado an international audience and translation into forty-six languages with more than 8,000,000 copies of his books in print. The War of the Saints, his latest book, confirms his stature as Latin America's greatest storyteller. Jorge Amado died in 2001. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle and witty love story 10 Nov 1999
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I started reading this book with an amount of trepidation as I had been told it was difficult to get past the first few chapters. However, from the first page, I was gripped and really loved it. I developed a real fondness for Flor and her gentle, stoic character, and even ended up with a real soft spot for her rogue of a first husband. The story is well told so that you really feel like you know the characters and the way of life in Bahia. I had just finished a "The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts" by L de Bernieres which is similar in its conjuring up of the south american way of life and the way that the supernatural is intertwined with the real world. I think this helped me to get to grips with the book and follow the sometimes complicated plot moving in and out of reality. Parts of it are positively surreal which all added to the pleasure and amusement I got from reading the book. I laughed out loud at parts and ended the book with a broad and contented smile on my face. This really is a lovely, warming love story - I look forward to reading more of Amado's work.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go ahead, order the book 11 Dec 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
My face is one big smile as I think what I could write here. Very very good. I read his Saints book a few years ago and liked it well enough to send to my best friend, but this book I want to send to all my girl friends, and some guy friends as well! This book put me in a good mood. Very witty and funny and, while it definitely has that latin american twist to it, really relates to people's race to get all good things in their life. Dona Flor wins, and the way she gets there makes for a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical book 13 July 2005
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I have read this book three times and have had to buy it three times as I've loaned it and out and never seems to come back. Amado is a delightful writer his characters are full of life and dignity as well - as death and indignity in Dona Flor. My favourite Amado is The Tent of Miracles - track it down.
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