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The Violent Land [Paperback]

Jorge Amado
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Nov 1979
The story of the fates of two feuding landowning families, set against the violent and colourful backdrop of the Brazilian rainforest. Jorge Amado is one of Latin America's most celebrated writers and his many works include "Dona Flor and her Two Husbands" and "Clove and Cinnamon".
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (Nov 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380476967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380476961
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,734,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars who says chocolate is a safe pleasure? 17 Jan 2012
By H. Tee
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a fictional tale of the town of Ilheos in the southern Bahia region of Brazil around the time of the real `cocoa rush' about the 1920s. It was written by Amado in 1945 who witnessed the situation when he was young (about 6).

The basics of the story centres around two of the wealthy main ruling `Colonels' being Badaro and Horacio; they each own cocoa growing land neighbouring the Sequeiro Grande forest - this small section leads to a larger section of uncultivated forest, the owners of which would control the whole area. There are two basic ways to get it: murder - enter the killers Viriato, Domiao et al or legal (by fraudulently seizing it) - enter the lawyers Virgilio, Ruy et al. The most powerful and ruthless will win out (you can guess it all ends in tears). The book opens with a ferry trip on which side-characters arrive including Magalhaes - the conman/poker player and Margot the prostitute. The colonels have family of course including Barados' daughter Don Ana; Horacio's wife Ester. Suffice it to say this allows the book to have a parallel fight for love between Ester and Virgilio (you can guess it all ends in tears). There is of course some politics and religion.

This is an intriguing novel and shows how it was then: disease, murder, jungle, near-slaves, killers, aspiration, hate and money. The book is colourful, passionate and well depicted and has all the elements of a fantastic read - it is not in a magical realism style being a linear narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about the fight for Cacao land in Brazil. 14 April 1998
By SergioVad@mailexcite.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a must read for Amado fans. The book can be compared to a cowboy story because it is a book about tough men who call themselves colonel. The colonels harvest cacao, the golden fruit. The two most powerful Colonels, Horacio and Zinho struggle for the rich Sequiro Grande forest, with armed gunmen and lawyers. You will root for one of the Colonels and be transported to a land where men are macho and life is cheap. A must read is the continuation, the Golden Harvest. If you like this book or Amado, please email me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but a bit of a letdown 13 Dec 2001
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had this book recommended to me by several people, but honestly, I found it a bit of a letdown. The story takes its merry time to reach an obvious conclusion. Also, the characters are often hard to keep apart as they intermingle in various ways. As well, Amado keeps an objective viewpoint throughout and sometimes seems to be condoning the actions of the "Colonels" and the inequities of the whole social structure he is describing, which is unusual considering his leftist past.
Not to be underestimated, however, is the sensuous atmosphere which pervades the book, the beautiful descriptions, and the sometimes (though not often enough) biting irony.
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