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By Ted Gioia The basic plot could hardly be more familiar. Novelists have exhausted almost every twist in this scenario, and adapted the story line over the decades in response to changing tastes and values of their readers. Sometimes the alluring cad turns out to have a heart of gold Pride and Prejudice or the respectable, safe husband possesses an ugly dark side Middlemarch. Sometimes the young lady stumbles into the right choice Emma or boldly rushes into the wrong one The Portrait of a Lady. Or learns, to her dismay, that the choice is no longer hers to make Gone with the Wind.
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. This novel reached into my heart and mind and drew me into its mystical, magical, superstitious Brazilian tale. Jorge Amado starts by tickling the reader's fancy with a romance between a good girl, Flor, and a lovable, sensual gambler, Vadinho. He is the classic villain we hate to love. That is the skeleton of the story.
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Look Inside. Sep 12, ISBN It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraes—a gambler notorious for never winning—dies during Carnival. His long suffering widow Dona Flor devotes herself to her cooking school and her friends, who urge her to remarry. She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho was not, and is altogether happy to marry him. It was an impassioned plea for… More about Jorge Amado.
The novel, set in Salvador , Bahia , opens with the sudden death of Dona Flor's husband, Vadinho, who collapses in the midst of Carnival celebrations. He is dancing a samba in the streets when his heart gives out, a surprise to all as Vadinho had spent his entire life gambling, partying and drinking with no hint of problems. His nights on the town and his two-timing had been supported by sponging off Dona Flor, the owner of a successful cooking school and his demands for money had been a constant worry and cause of sleepless nights for her. The women of the town thought she was well rid of him. But after Vadinho's death, he remained the love of her life and she missed his seductiveness. He was irresistible, and his absence was, for Dona Flor, worse than the long nights when she waited for him to come home. After a period of mourning, Dona Flor attracts another admirer, a local pharmacist, Teodoro.