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(03/09/2008) Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado. New York. 1969. Knopf. Translated From the Portuguese By Harriet De Onis. keywords: Literature Translated Brazil Latin America. 555 pages. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. August 1969.

Dona Flor has an impossible choice to make - which husband should she choose? The live, sweet, but somewhat boring one, or the dead, sensuous rascal who haunts her day in and day out. Why not both?

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   With the immediate success in 1962 of GABRIELA, CLOVE AND CINNAMON Americans discovered the robust comedy and storytelling enchantment of Brazil's most famous novelist, Jorge Amado. His new novel is just as wonderful - a book, a story, a heroine to fall in love with. Dona Flor is an adorable woman - with a body made for love, a mind of her own, a cozy disposition, a witty tongue, a kissable face, high moral principles - and she can cook, too. One wants her to have everything. One wants her to escape from her monumental dragon of a mother into the arms of the best of husbands. One wants her to have - because she deserves it - all the honey and spice of life, ecstasy in bed, respect at all times, tenderness and tickles, a comfortable income, laughter, a sense of being always cared for. And she gets it all-but, alas, from two different men! The question: is it possible for a moral woman like Flor to enjoy two husbands at once? Yes! Thanks to the genius of Amado, who has found a way for Dona Flor to have both her husbands - without offending her own delicate scruples, or ours. How this is accomplished is told in a novel that is alive with joy and erotic hilarity, with the piquant color of life in Bahia, with hundreds of marvelous characters, from prominent ladies of high life and low life to political kingpins, underworld kings, poets, professors, babes, bouncers, and the devoted members of the Bahia Amateur Symphony Orchestra. And most marvelous, at its very center, Dona Flor herself - and her two husbands!

 

 

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