The violent land

by Jorge Amado

Other authorsSamuel Putnam (Translator)
Hardcover, 1965




New York, Knopf, 1965.


From the foremost Brazilian novelist of the twentieth century- an exotic tale of greed, madness, and seduction set in Brazil's lush, cocoa-growing forests. Two powerful families scheme to control Brazil's cocoa bounty in this epic novel that does for Brazil's cocoa rush what Upton Sinclair's Oil! does for the early days of California oil prospecting. With its cast of assassins, gamblers, opportunists, and beautiful women, The Violent Landis an unbridled adventure novel set among the power dealers of Brazil's most profitable and coveted natural resources. 'Passionate and supremely moving . . . A big, brawling novel . . . Everything in it is on a heroic scale.' The New York Times'No other of my books is as dear to me; in it lie my roots; it is of the blood from which I was created.' Jorge Amado, from the Foreword… (more)

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LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
First published in 1945, this a an active and bloody tale, set in the great years of the Cacao Rush in Brazil's 1880's. There is a lot of gunfights and legal chicanery. Fun, really and quite like a Western.


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