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The Violent Land (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Jorge Amado , Alfred Mac Adam , Samuel Putnam
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From the great Brazilian author, an exotic tale of greed, madness, and a dispute between two powerful families over land on the cocoa-rich coast of Bahia

The siren song of the lush, cocoa-growing forests of Bahia lures them all—the adventurers, the assassins, the gamblers, the brave and beautiful women. It is not a gentle song, but a song of greed, madness, and blood. It is a song that promises riches untold, or death for the price of a swig of rum . . . a song most cannot resist—until it is too late—not Margot, the golden blond prostitute who comes for love; not Cabral, the unscrupulous lawyer who works for one of the Cacao “colonels”; and not Juca, whose ruthless quest to reap the jungle’s harvest plants the seeds of his own destruction. 

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3285 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143106376
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KUX6RK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Love of Chocolate 22 Jun. 2014
As I write this the World Cup is under way, and we have done even worse than usual but it seemed like a good time to read a book written by a Brazilian author, and who better to pick than Jorge Amado?, especially as Penguin have brought a couple of his books out in their Classics series. I should advise people who are thinking of reading this but have no experience with South American let alone Brazilian literature that this probably won't be what you normally read. This particular book paints more of an impressionistic painting than a conventional novel.

Amado was familiar with what he was writing here, as he was basing this on the area he grew up in, and was so familiar with what he was writing about, and the power that the humble cocoa (or cacao) bean held over people. Unlike some of his other books this isn't overtly political and reads more like a non-fiction book in places. The characters aren't fully realised, they are two dimensional as they are not fully fleshed out psychologically, but this is in fitting with a tradition and works perfectly okay for this type of story. You know what the characters will do anyway as it is obvious, so you don't really need any complex understanding of them. We know at what period this was set, but with no actual reference in the story for us to particularly grasp as such, this is given a timeless feel, and as Alfred Mac Adam points out in his introduction, this could be about now, and the drugs growing in Columbia.

Centred around the humble cocoa bean and the wonders of chocolate, in Brazil it was found that it could be grown in mass quantities to supply the demand. For some then this became similar to gold rushes that have been experienced elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Feb. 2015
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A very interesting read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars round about history 14 Sept. 2014
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was reading this book to familiarize myself with some of the history of Brazil & although it portrayed the corruption & violence, their were too many characters & some of them were irrelevant to the story. I would have preferred sticking to one or two families & a straight forward timeline.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick an enjoyable read, sharing an interesting perspective on a fascinating time in Brazilain history. 6 Nov. 2013
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A quick an enjoyable read, sharing an interesting perspective on a fascinating time in Brazilain history. Lovely characters that you will enjoy getting to know.
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