Jorge Amado — The Violent Land (1943)
Setting: 19th Century Brazil
What it’s about: A clash between two powerful clans tells a story of patronage and power in Brazil’s cacao plantations.
While events are driven by the powerful cacao barons, we meet a wide cast of characters, workers, vagrants, politicians, lawyers — but all forced to take sides.
You’ll like this if you liked: Upton Sinclair, Emile Zola, Sergio Leone’s “Once upon a time in America…” movies.
The definitive Brazilian book: Close enough. It’s a formative tale of the making of a country. You can find some free ebooks of some other classics like The Slum and Machado de Assis works here.
Rating: * (its good, but fall just short of greatness)