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Pedro Archanjo, gran casanova, scrittore e poeta, eterno e scalpitante adolescente, irresistibile conversatore, litigioso capopopolo, cuore tenero e leale, povero diavolo ma gran signore, vecchio saggio, indovino e stregone, stramazza e muore su un fangoso marciapiede del suo miserabile quartiere di Bahia. Al funerale accorre una folla innumerevole e composita. La città inPedro Archanjo, gran casanova, scrittore e poeta, eterno e scalpitante adolescente, irresistibile conversatore, litigioso capopopolo, cuore tenero e leale, povero diavolo ma gran signore, vecchio saggio, indovino e stregone, stramazza e muore su un fangoso marciapiede del suo miserabile quartiere di Bahia. Al funerale accorre una folla innumerevole e composita. La città inconsolabile si ferma al passaggio di un corteo di professori e vagabondi, puttane e bottegai: lì, dietro al feretro, stanno i compagni (e le compagne) di vita di Pedro Archanjo. Saranno loro ad affollare le pagine di questo libro in cui si racconta dell'esistenza del più straordinario figlio di Bahia....

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  • Luís C.
    2019-01-01 06:16

    The newspapers were protesting against "the way has Africanized among us, the feast of carnival, this great civilization festival". During the first years of the new century, the press campaign against the afoshés grows violent and systematic, with each success of "processions of Africans" and every failure of the Great Carnival Societies - with ancient Greece, with Louis XV, Catherine Medici - favorites of "good" gentlemen, doctors, wealthy. "The authorities should prohibit these tambourinades and these candomblés currently our streets, which produce this unspeakable cacophony as if we were at Quinta das Beatas or Engenho Velho, as this masquerade dressed and turbaned intoning the abominable samba, because this is inconsistent with our state of civilization "

  • Carla Soares
    2019-01-21 04:48

    Na verdade, li este há muitos anos, ainda em casa dos meus pais, num volume grosso e velho, de folhas amarelas e capa muito, muito gasta, com as pontas reviradas e vincos. Já não seria capaz de contar a história, mas penso nele e vem-me à ideia sol e música na rua. Não sei porquê, pode nada ter a ver. Não hesito, porém, em dar-lhe as cinco estrelas, porque permanece na minha memória afectiva de forma intensa e perene, tanto que, entre a vontade de relê-lo e o receio de diluir o muito que gostei dele, e foi mesmo muito, prefiro nunca mais lhe pegar.

  • David
    2019-01-21 22:05

    Americans are very familiar with the history of racial struggle in the U.S., from the days of slavery to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights era to the modern day which, while unquestionably better than previous eras, is still a long way from perfect. Most of us know a lot less about Brazil, though Brazil has gone through very similar (yet different) trials. Another large, wealthy country that once practiced slavery on a large scale, then eventually legislated a racial equality on paper that was generations from the reality on the ground, Brazil is also a colonial state with a racial consciousness across the color spectrum that, if you read this book, you will see is subtly different from our own, even if there are obvious similarities.Tent of Miracles is the epic biography of a fictional character who seems compellingly, vibrantly, historically real, and Jorge Amado puts life and breath and blood into all the characters. They all seem like real people whose stories he might be fictionalizing a little, but surely they really existed, the events are real, the history is real? Well, I'm sure some of the events were real, or at least were based on real events, but this is a novel. Pedro Archanjo never existed, but he should have.We are first introduced to Pedro Archanjo by way of James D. Levenson, a Nobel-winning American professor from Columbia University, who visits the Brazilian state of Bahia and is feted like a movie star. Brazilians fawn all over the prestigious gringo from North America. At a press conference, he's asked about some famous Marxist, and he says:"That's an idiotic question and only a fool would venture an opinion on Marcuse's work or discuss present-day Marxism in the framework of a press conference. If I had time to give a speech or a class about it that would be something else again; but I haven't got time and I didn't come to Bahia to talk about Marcuse. I came here to see the place where a remarkable man lived and worked, a man of profound and generous ideals, one of the founders of modern humanism — your fellow citizen Pedro Archanjo. That, and only that, is what brings me to Bahia."What a flurry of commotion and lionization and hagiographies follows the endorsement of the famous gringo! All of Bahia promptly goes into a year-long celebration of their most famous, esteemed, and scholarly native son. The College of Medicine where he worked proclaims him to represent the very bedrock of their mission! He is the pride of Bahia! Surely the most eminent man ever born in Brazil!And then Amado tells us Archanjo's story, going back and forth in time, jumping to many different POVs, from the schoolchildren who write essays about the great national hero years after his death, to his real history that follows the history of Brazil through the early 20th century.Pedro Archanjo was a humble mestizo, and his job at the College of Medicine was not professor, or even adjunct faculty, but runner. He was an errand boy. He lived and died in poverty. He lived in a slum, spent his life fighting white supremacists like Professor Niles Argolo, a professor at the College of Medicine who wrote treatises on the inherent criminality and degeneracy of the black race and the need to segregate and exterminate them in order to save Brazil. Archanjo fights back by writing his own treatises. Though unschooled, Archanjo is brilliant, and a voracious reader, and over a period of several decades he and his friends basically self-publish four books: Daily Life in Bahia, chronicles the Afro-Brazilian candomblé cults and their influence in daily life (and coincidentally demolishes one of Niles Argolo's theories). He goes on to publish several more, including a meticulously researched genealogy of all the prominent families in Bahia, in which Archanjo is pleased to call the "pure European" Professor Argolo his cousin, after proving that he and Argolo shared the same Negro ancestors.He's a clever, cunning, brave man who fights for the candomblés during brutal police suppression, even though he no longer believes. Students rally around him. He stirs up unrest but makes friends among the high and the low. He tweaks the noses of racists and perseveres. People (especially women) come in and out of his life, and everyone knows and remembers him. The people who really know him certainly don't remember the cross between George Washington, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein who's being celebrated in Bahia a hundred years after his birth and plastered on walls hawking cola.Tent of Miracles is partly comic, as we see the glorious paeans to this great man and his works, followed by the real story behind it all. But it's also inspiring, and sad at times, and in the end, epic, covering a man's entire long life, a man who was never really appreciated until after some American dropped by and casually mentioned reading copies of his books that somehow made their way to Columbia University in New York.Even in the English translation, Jorge Amado's prose is splendid, and full of Brazilian character. I feel like I was really walking the streets and watching the dances and tasting the food.I give it 4.5 stars. It's a great book, but it is also a long literary book, not exactly a page-turner. And for all that Amado handles the question of race deftly, well, you can't help noticing that it's another one of those books where women are basically sex. All the men, the good men and the bad men, are pretty much strutting roosters. There are lots of women in the book, and they're interesting characters, but I don't think there are any who aren't described in terms of who's screwing them. (And Pedro Archanjo screws a lot of women.) Now, I am not usually up on my high horse about sexism in fiction (I admit to liking James Bond, after all), nor would I deny that Amado knows the Brazilian society he's writing about, but I call this a glaring gap for an author who goes out of his way to celebrate the personhood of whites, blacks, Negroes, mulattos, mestizos, and all the other people of the Brazilian color-caste system, but can't write women as anything other than lovers and mothers. Still, I'd call this oversight/blindness on the part of the author, not malice or contempt, which makes him better than, say, Ian Fleming.This is a rich, warm, humanistic book with real characters, real people, and it will make you feel like you know a little tiny bit about Brazil's complicated history even if you've never set foot there.

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2019-01-11 06:15

    The University of the East (UE) here in the Philippines celebrates this year its 65th foundation anniversary with the theme "Jose Rizal: Nasa Puso ng UE" (Jose Rizal: In UE's Heart"). This is the type of bullshit Jorge Amado mocks in this novel.Pedro Archanjo has the same amusing bawdiness, the same love for drink and women, as several of Jorge Amado's characters in his better works, "Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon" and "Dona Flor's Two Husbands." But he's tamer. For one, he's an intellectual. He wrote four books, all except one (a cookbook) championing miscegenation and/or promoting Bahian culture. These books were either ignored or ridiculed during his lifetime. He died poor, lonely, and did menial jobs towards the end of his life.Years later, a Nobel Prize-winning gringo praised Pedro Archanjo's work and it was then that he posthumously became a literary hero and a demigod in his own country, his name being invoked in all sorts of manner, like here where UE students, who do not give a hoot about Rizal, supposedly studying in a university with Rizal inside its beating heart. Gabriel Garcia Marquez once suggested that there is an inferiority complex in Latin American intellectual circles such that not until Europe and the U.S. appreciate a certain author that he would likely be appreciated at home. Reading this tale of Pedro Archanjo, therefore, may lead you to conclude that Rizal must be made into a Hollywood film, with Sean Penn in the role of the hero, for him to become really inside the heart of his countrymen. Then, maybe, even the world would begin to read his novels too!

  • Shomeret
    2019-01-02 00:04

    The Tent of Miracles is the second book I've read by Jorge Amado. The first was The War of the Saints which was recommended to me as a book with a primary focus on the Yoruban spirit Oya who is widely known as Yansan in Brazil. I read The War of the Saints some time ago. It had tons of magical realism, but I remembered thinking at the time that I wanted more spirituality, ritual and folklore. That's when I was told to read The Tent of Miracles.Although I had heard about the discrimination against Afro-Brazilian religions in the first half of the 20th century, I had not read about it before in either fiction or non-fiction. There are a number of scenes in The Tent of Miracles that depict instances of prejudice.Yet religious discrimination is also shown in this book as being brought to an ignominious end. The central character Pedro Archanjo played a role in ending it. Archanjo says in this book that "One day the orixas will be dancing on the stage." The orixas are the spirits of Candomble, an Afro-Brazilian religion. This is a prediction that has come true in modern day Brazil. I was very glad to learn so much about the history of Candomble and other significant aspects of Brazilian culture through reading The Tent of Miracles. I hope to read Amado's novel Jubiaba in the not so distant future.For my complete review see my December blog post "The Tent of Miracles: Jorge Amado on Afro-Brazilian History" at http://www.maskedpersona.blogspot.com

  • Jim
    2019-01-07 04:56

    Jorge Amado is a miracle. As I read through Tent of Miracles, I kept saying to myself: This is good, but is it really up to Amado's standard? As I read the last few chapters, I said to myself: "Yes, meu bom, this is a book well worth reading, as are all of Amado's books."The book's hero, Pedro Archanjo, is a mulatto, practitioner of candomblé, self-taught scholar and writer, and man of the people. He comes to life so vividly that, for the first three hundred pages, I thought that Amado was basing it on an actual person. And what a hero! This is, in sum, a positive response to racism and bigotry, by Archanjo's living a life that proves that the genius of the African race wedded to the white race produces a beauty and intelligence that is pure Brazilian.We see Archanjo die twice, first so that we can see the attempt to "sell" his life through a celebration of his centenary. By the time we see him die a second time, at the end of Tent of Miracles, we see the man himself.

  • Deanne
    2019-01-10 23:57

    Pedro Archanjo the hero of the tent of miracles is a difficult man to assign a part to. He's the writer of 4 books, which some twenty years after his death are seeing a revival. As a result of the interest of an american academic interest is revived in Pedro's life. The result is the story of a man, his friends, the women in his life and the children. He's a likeable rogue, intelligent and a believer in saying what he thinks is right. Did love the section where he's a proofwriter, and the mistakes he allows into an article about Hitler.

  • Michi
    2019-01-04 01:00

    Maybe it was my lack of emotional connection to the subject matter, maybe the fact that I simply couldn't make sense of the narration style in many places and had to actively keep thinking back to what had just happened or maybe it was just the needless almost disgusting sexualisation of nearly all of the female characters, but I couldn't make it all the way through this book.

  • Paulo Sousa
    2018-12-24 23:57

    Livro lido 4°/Dez//61°/2017Título: Tenda dos milagresAutor: Jorge Amado (Brasil)Editora: @companhiadasletrasAno de lançamento: 1968Ano desta edição: 2008Páginas: 320Classificação: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️_______________________________________________um ano sem ler jorge amado é um ano perdido. para não perder de todo meu ano de leituras decido findar 2017 com “tenda dos milagres”, essa obra soberba e fundamental no imenso conjunto literário do escritor baiano..o livro é protagonizado pelo bedel pedro archanjo, mulato das bandas do pelourinho, empregado da faculdade de medicina da bahia, que constrói sozinho, apesar de opiniões contrárias, a mais importante obra antropológica do século XX. totalmente autodidata, archanjo, profundo conhecedor das gentes e costumes da bahia, traz nos quatro livros seus a tese da miscigenação total, fato que lhe custou ardorosa perseguição pro parte do doutor nilo argolo, o eminente professor daquela faculdade e claramente pró arianista..o livro em si é a reconstrução da vida de archanjo, já após sua morte, provocada pela chegada ao brasil do prêmio nobel americano james levenson, que, ao chegar à salvador, profere à imprensa a grande importância dos livros do mulato em terras norte-americanas, o que causou furor e certo mal-estar entre a comunidade científica, alheia aos livros e pensamentos de archanjo..jorge amado trata, no livro, do problema da intolerância e preconceito raciais, da famigerada máxima lombrosiana de que a tendência à criminalidade está intrinsecamente ligada à cor da pele. e ao criar dois personagens ambivalentes (archanjo e argolo) amado personifica o embate entre o cientifismo arrogantemente pedante e arcaico contra o o autodidatismo nascido dentro da comunidade baiana, negra e macumbeira. .jorge amado é mestre em criar heróis, muitos deles defensores de causas perdidas. diferente das histórias juvenis e românticas, onde o herói sempre casa com a princesa e “são felizes para sempre”, em jorge o herói é marcante por ser parecido com a gente comum e por isso fatalmente sujeito à ruína. jorge soube como ninguém retratar as gentes e costumes da bahia, toda a beleza e musicalidade (não me refiro ao ritmo axé, mas a algo mais amplo) das tradições baianas enraizadas nos ancestrais afrodescendentes, os sabores, a alegria, os desmazelados, foi um escritor cuja verve sempre me encantou. e seus heróis, homens e mulheres que antes de tudo souberam buscar o sentido de viver dentro de suas origens, proclamaram sem medo o que a bahia tem de melhor, até cientista antropólogo como foi o caso de archanjo. leitor disciplinado, o personagem vai rebatendo sem dó através de seus livros as “profetadas” sem embasamento científico de nilo argolo, branco de origem negra, mas que tenta esconder a todo custo suas origens africanas. como recompensa, morre pobre e velho num dos muitos becos do pelourinho, sem nunca ter conseguido o reconhecimento por ter produzido tão profícuo estudo de raças e matizes em seus livros, aliás, publicados a muito esforço na oficina tipográfica “tenda dos milagres, de seu amigo de toda a vida lídio corró..gosto de errar pelas ladeiras do pelourinho. caminhar e absorver toda a atmosfera daquele lugar como que me transporta para dentro dos livros de jorge, esse mestre da literatura, só não maior que machado de assis, criador de livros a cujos heróis me fizeram rir, chorar, emocionar, como foi o pedro bala de “capitães da areia”, o guma de “mar morto”, o quincas berro d’água, o jubiabá do livro homônimo, a perdição de todo um povoado, tocaia grande e agora pedro archanjo, mestre cujo inglório desconhecimento o levou ao cabedal de meus personagens preferidos.

  • Özgür Oklap
    2019-01-16 02:46

    "Melezdir bizim yüzümüz, sizin yüzünüz."Jorge Amado beni yine Bahia bölgesinin baş şehri Salvador'un sokaklarına götürdü. Bu sefer melez Pedro Arkanjo'nun takibindeydim. Onun gezintilerinin, sohbetlerinin, aşk kaçamaklarının ve hepsinden önemlisi kendi insanlarını, yöresini anlattığı, en yakın arkadaşı, yoldaşı, mucizeleri resmederek hayatını kazanan ve atölyesine "Mucizeler Dükkanı" ismini veren Lidio Corro'nun bastığı dört kitabının... "Bahia'da Halk Yaşamı", "Bahia Geleneklerinde Afrika Etkileri", "Bahialı Ailelerde Melezlişe İlişkin Notlar" ve "Bahia'da Yemek Sanatı, Kökenleri ve İlkeleri"."Mucizeler Dükkanı", Bahialı melezlerin hikayesi aslında. Onların zengin kültürleri, fakirlikleri ve Arkanjo önderliğinde, ırkçılığa karşı yürekli mücadeleleri... Kültürlerini, dinlerini (Kandomble) kabul ettirme savaşları... Arkanjo'nun 1900'lü yıllarin başından ölümüne kadar geçen süre boyunca derdi hep ırkçılıkk, melezlerin refahı, özgürleşmeleri olur. Onun görüşlerine göre Brezilya'nın yüzü melezdir, kültürü melezdir. Ari ırk diye bir olgunun varlığı söz konusu bile olamaz. Ancak, bu görüşler büyük sorunları da beraberinde getirir. Önce festaları yasaklanır, sonra da ırklar arası evlilik şiddetle cezalandırılma noktasına gelir. Melezler hayvanlar kadar değer görmez! İste böyle bir zihniyet dünyasının baskın olduğu koşullar altında Arkanjo, kitaplarını basmak, melez kültürünü anlatmak için çırpınır durur. Gerçek bir kahramandır o!Beni Arkanjo kadar - kimi zaman ondan daha fazla - Lidio Corro etkiledi. Özellikle de yaptığı iş. Düşünsenize mucizeleri resmettiğinizi... Biri size geliyor ve yaşdığını iddia ettiği mucizeyi dillendiriyor. Siz de renklendiriyorsunuz o mucizeyi tuvalinizde."Mucizeler Dükkanı", aynı zamanda kültürel öğelerle dolu bir kitap. Kandomble dinine özgü seremoniler, danslar, kapuera gösterileri, Bahia'nın terminolojisi... Küçük bir sözlük eklenmiş kitabın arkasına ve Kandomble dinine ilişkin bir önsöz mevcut. Önsözü okuyup başlıyorsunuz romana zaten ve ara sıra da sözlüğü yoklayıp yolunuza devam ediyorsunuz.

  • Sandra
    2019-01-20 05:10

    Ogni volta che leggo Amado vengo risucchiata nella storia dal ritmo travolgente dei suoi libri, simile a quello della samba, che ossessivamente si ripete tra movimenti sinuosi e sfrenati, anche volgari ma mai violenti. Anche questa volta è andata così. Finalmente un personaggio maschile al centro della storia, Pedro Archanjo, contornato da tantissimi altri, ognuno con le proprie vite piene di povertà e di tristezza ma anche scanzonate e stravaganti, che li rendono unici e indimenticabili: Rosa di Oxalà, bellissima mulatta dallo sguardo invitante, cosce alte e ventre piatto, amante di un ricco fazeindero e amata più che una sposa, Lidio Corrò, tipografo e pittore di miracoli, fratello o ancor più gemello di Archanjo con cui divide la Bottega dei Miracoli, luogo di incontro e di bevute, di feste e di danze, il Maggiore de Souza, leguleio autodidatta arringatore in tribunale e difensore dei poveri e degli oppressi, Zabela, una anziana signora di nobile famiglia che si diverte a raccontare le avventure di sesso e d’amore tra le bianche figlie delle famiglie in vista di Bahia e uomini neri fieri e dotati che le accontentano nelle alcove al posto di mariti debosciati; e ancora tanti tanti altri che animano le vie animate di canti e balli, festose e odorose di profumi di mare e di fiori di Bahia.Chi è Pedro Archanjo? Un mulatto “ bohemien, abile suonatore di chitarrina e chitarra, per non parlare del berimbau da capoeira e degli atabaques, pastore di donzelle, seduttore di donne sposate, patriarca di puttane”, ed ancora “buon conversatore, buon bevitore, ribelle, sedizioso, organizzatore di scioperi, agitatore, innamorato, tenero amante, stallone, scrittore, scienziato, uno stregone….”.Pedro Archanjo è uno e mille persone, tutte povere, tutte “con la pelle scura, e civili”, è Bahia, è il Brasile, terra di mescolamenti di razze e di uomini, orgogliosa del suo meticciato che è ricchezza e cultura, è vita.

  • Nicole Gervasio
    2019-01-09 01:10

    Ugh my god. Arduous. Plodding. Well-written, I'll give it that. And Archango's an inspiring character. The trouble is that, once you realize around page 50 that the entire book will pretty much consist of a series of reconstructions of the same life of one ordinary hero previously lost from Brazil's history, it's hard not to get bored with the pattern of nuanced changes that each new narration makes. For example, it's clever to use a fake nine-year-old boy's essay contest submission about said hero's life to demonstrate the numerous ways in which the truth has been misappropriated and poorly disseminated. It's less clever to unravel most of the plot in the first third of the book and then expect us to rehearse it through fifteen other genres. While I appreciated the author's inventiveness with the form of the novel itself, I had a lot of trouble finishing it without more plot (and less misogyny would have been nice, too).

  • Gypsy Lady
    2019-01-18 03:46

    Is it the mixture of African rituals, local legends, fascinating customs, and strange and wonderful characters and/or its English translation of "Brazil's most illustrious and venerable novelist" that madeTent of Miraclessuch challenging reading for me? When the English translation was published in 1989, (first published asTenda dos Milagres(in Portguese in 1969)) theWashington Postreview included the words: "A richness and warmth that are impossible to resist".Normally I do not enter any titles I value at less than two stars UNLESS it was a book club selection. I enterTent of Miraclesbecause I am hopeful that other readers will have some familiarity with the author and will be able to offer comments. Page 313I am not limited by what I know.

  • Jelena
    2019-01-04 03:13

    Na momente kao da sam i sama zaplesala u ritmu bubnjeva - toliko je sve bilo živo, obojeno, melodično.Priča je protkana bogatim crnačkim naslijeđem brazilske pokrajine Baije: samba, kapoeira, kandomble, oriše, vještičarenje, procesije.Bore se meštar Arkanžo i njegovi drugari kako rasna mržnja vise ne bi cvjetala na brazilskoj klimi. S jedne strane su crnci - tada smatrani bezvrijednom ljudskom podrasom - a s druge bijeli krstaši, ogrezli u želji da unište sav "crnački ološ" (a samim tim i sav baijanski folklor).p.s. Upravo je narod Baije - bježeći kako bi spasao živu glavu - i donio sambu u Rio.

  • Charles
    2019-01-17 01:51

    recommended by Lonely Planet as good way to understand Condomblé this was a major disappointment by the great writer Jorge Amado -- weak characters, plot, content and seemingly quickly thrown together

  • Katie
    2019-01-07 03:58

    Whew! Glad that one’s finally complete. The beginning of this book was quite a challenge to get through. Just...not good, not engaging at all. Then, just as I was about ready to give up on it, it got interesting...about 150 pages in. The introduction to this book mentions that Amado was known to write his books on one sitting and then refuse to go back and make more than the slightest edits, and that is what this book is lacking - major editing. Because the second 150 pages are SO interesting. So many comments on race relations, miscegenation, class, what it means to be an academic or scholar, what it means to be learned, who owns culture, which is the true culture of Brazil; reactions to communism, to WWII and the idea of there being a superior race; illustrations of how those in power get to write history but only their side of history. Really, the ideas are intriguing and thought-provoking, but the execution is quite boring (most of the time).

  • Onur B
    2019-01-02 04:55

    Life story of Pedro Arkanjo who is a special person from Bahia / Brazil. Everything can happens at the miracles shop. Sometimes sexual content and mysticism & magic be seen locally in the book. Racizm and perspective of crossbreed be underlined especially in Brazil.

  • Patricia Ferreira
    2019-01-11 01:09

    Marvellous! This is really an amazing book, Very beautiful. Long live Pedro Archanjo!

  • Donna
    2018-12-27 22:09

    I wanted to like this book more. It started out with a bang, and then somewhere along the way I just began to lose interest. It read more like a collection of folktales than like a novel. Even though the thread of the novel carried well all the way through, any chapter could be pulled out at random and enjoyed on its own merits. However, despite its cast of exotic and interesting characters, as a full-fledged novel it simply didn’t pull me through the book as effectively as I had hoped it would.

  • Laura
    2018-12-31 03:03

    Na Tenda dos Milagres, na ladeira do Tabuão, em Salvador, onde o amigo Lídio Corró mantém uma modesta tipografia e pinta quadros de milagres de santos, o mulato Pedro Archanjo atua como uma espécie de intelectual orgânico do povo afro-descendente da Bahia.

  • Beverly Nelms
    2019-01-21 04:46

    This book is in my top five favorites. Read this book.

  • Aurora Morales
    2019-01-16 04:12

    It undoubtedly explores important Latin American political themes. But the sexism of Amado's novels is just too much for me to stomach any more.

  • Morgan
    2019-01-10 21:52

    I now know that not all Amado books are great, but this one is! It is about a painter of Milagros and his women. Great, full of live and color and vision, makes you want to live in Bahia!

  • Roberta Roth
    2019-01-22 00:57

    Read it in Portuguese, which makes the reading incredibly tasty!

  • A.
    2018-12-31 04:58

    Ömrüm tükendi okurken! Öyle düz okudum. Çok şükür bitti!

  • Ahmed Hossam
    2019-01-19 06:11

    كعادته باهيا موطن أمادو هي محور احداث روايته العجائبية رواية شيقة غزيرة الأحداث وان كانت تعاني من مشكلات في الترجمة

  • Aqeel
    2019-01-11 04:10

    جورج أمادو أخذ راحته سردياً اكثر من اللازم، السبب اللي ضيعني وخلاني أملّ منها بسرعة

  • Bob
    2019-01-02 04:12

    An amazing tale of magic realism, centered on the life of Pedro Archanjo, a Brazilian mestizo who becomes an ethnographer and outspoken advocate for the mulatto culture he represents. Brilliantly descriptive, with wonderful characters and dialogue, transporting the reader into the magical world Archanjo represents.

  • George Polley
    2019-01-20 04:07

    Have you ever encountered a writer and become so enchanted with his books that you couldn't get enough of them? I have, and Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado is one of them.Translated into some 49 languages, several of his novels were made into film (“Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands”, “Gabriela” and “Tieta”, all of which I've seen). Gabriela (1958), The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell (1959), Home Is the Sailor (1961), Shepherds of the Night (1964), Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1966), Tent of Miracles (1969), Tereza Batista: Home from the Wars (1972), Tieta, the Goat Girl (1977), Pen, Sword and Camisole (1979), Showdown (1984) and The War of the Saints (1988), I owned, read and re-read every one of them. All of them deal largely with the lives of the poor urban black and mulatto communities of Bahia State, where he grew up. As a story teller, I considered him a Brazilian Charles Dickens, and still do.When I first read "Tent of Miracles" in the early 1970s, I fell in love with it. Of all of Jorge Amado's novels I have read, this is probably my favorite. I say "probably", because it's hard to pick a favorite out of so many fine works. Reading it again after more than thirty years, I am pulled in all over again to the streets of Salvador, Bahia, following the mulatto Pedro Archanjo in his rambles, his conversations, his love affairs and his obsession with telling the story of his people in four books published by friend and "brother", the miracle painter Lidio Corró. "Tent of Miracles" is about Bahia's African and mestizo people, their rich culture, their poverty, and their struggle against the racism, with Pedro as their advocate and champion. It's also about his "rediscovery" by the North American Nobel Prize winner and scholar, James D. Levenson, whose attention makes Archanjo the focus of a major "cultural event" that celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth. The celebration turns out to be a monumental farce in which Pedro Archanjo's memory is laundered and turned into a commercial icon. In 1969 he's still too uncomfortable to the political powers to leave him as he was in "real life", a "donnadie" (Mr. Nobody), a self-educated man of the people whose life ended at age 75 when he died of a heart attack on the way to the room an old friend had given him in a brothel. It's too bad Amado has been largely forgotten by North American readers; he is far too good for that. It wasn't too long ago that I could find him on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and all of his books on Amazon. Amado, who died in 2001 (he was born in 1912), is one of America's foremost writers. For me, rereading him is like getting together with old friends and taking up where we left off the last time we met. I know exactly what neighborhood I am in, where we're going next, and who we'll meet. I can hear the talk and the laughter, smell the smells of the street and the food, and hear the singing and the sounds of the guitar, berimbau and drum. If you haven't read "Tent of Miracles", buy a copy and read it. The New York Times called it "a most enjoyable romp", which is like calling a drop-dead beauty "a nice-looking gal": way, way too insipid to fit the reality.

  • Asa
    2019-01-07 03:52

    Very interesting and funny book, about a made-up (I think) author from Bahia, Brazil, Pedro Archanjo - partly about his life and works, but partly about his accidental rediscovery and mixed reputation after his death. I loved the description about life in the poor parts of Bahia, amongst artists, prostitutes, mestizos and different religions.