BRAZIL (*)

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)

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