Book Review : Gabriela, Clove And Cinnamon Essay

796 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Book Review
Jorge Amado was born Aug. 10, 1912 in Ferradas, Brazil. One of his famous novels, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon was written in 1958 along with several other books but Amado later abandoned his writing career to become a well-known politician. At the time Amado wrote his famous Latin American was going through a very interesting stage called the Latin American Boom of the 1960’s. This event in history actually occurred between the 60’s and 70’s and during this time many Latin American writers and poets began to explore their subjects and broach new ideas. Also during the time in which Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon was being written, Brazil was going through their second Brazilian republic in which had an array of presidency changes and face political instability. This political atmosphere could have easily had an influence on Amado’s work seeing as how his novels were known for their satirical view on politics.
Amado’s book, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon takes place in the 1920s during a time of modernization in Brazil. During this time period, the main export of Brazil was the cacao seeds. Because of this cacao plantation took Brazil by storm and spread to places such as Itabuna and Ilhéus, where the story takes place. It is also important to mention Ilhéus’ state of affairs at this time period. Despite achieving independence in 1822 and abolishing slavery in 1888, Brazil was still a post-colonial society in which they manufactured and exported cacao to European…

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