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Reader's Den: "Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon"


Welcome to the Reader’s Den!

Please join me in reading the book selection for March, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Gabriela, cravo e canela) by Jorge Amado.

It’s 1925, and Ilhéus, a small Brazilian export town, is experiencing a disruption in its traditions, and the locals are finding that modern life is subject to comic interpretation. Join them in drinking sugarcane rum at the Vesuvius Bar courtesy of Nacib Saad, the Syrian bar owner; sharing in the gossip of the ill-fated Dona Sinházinha and her lover Dr. Osmundo; and falling in love with Gabriela, a migrant worker who cooks, flirts, and loves, while acting as an unexpected instrument of progress.

Please feel free to post comments, reviews, or questions about the novel at any time during the month of March. And check back for the next blog post, which will discuss the author and the region that Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon takes place in.

The book is also available in English and Spanish translations. Please visit the Library's Catalog, your local library, or find a copy at your nearest library through WorldCat.


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This is such a great book!

This is such a great book! What a long read, but so worth it. I haven't quite finished it so I will reserve more comments until later. .. I can't wait to hear what all the folks in the MidManhattan Tuesday Night Book Discussion Group have to say about this book when we discuss it on the seventeenth.

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