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Syncretic Saint Seeks Solution to Sexual SnafusI ve enjoyed reading Jorge Amado s novels for most of my life I love to get back into that world of tough guys and sexy ladies who get involved in various good causes, helping the poor or saving the environment, but never fail to appreciate each other fully I admire Amado s interest in the Brazilian religions known as macumba or candomble, religions based on a mixture of African gods and Christian saints and practiced by millions of Brazilians, whether they possess African ancestors or not He always weaves a fast moving, humorous, optimistic, colorful story How close Amado s world may be to the actual Brazil is something else again I mean, did Miami Vice resemble Miami in any substantial way If you ve enjoyed such great novels as Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon , The Violent Land , Tieta do Agreste , Tent of Miracles , or Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands and there are many others then no doubt you are going to like THE WAR OF THE SAINTS too It s a slight plot, but Amado performs his usual magic and creates a engrossing story out of it The wooden statue of a saint disappears en route to a museum exhibition in Bahia Everyone thinks the statue has been stolen, but actually St Barbara, the image in question, has suddenly come to life as an African goddess Her aim is to set aright the sexual lives of several individuals She does so and resumes her wooden form just in time to save the director of the museum from total ruin The histories of the various characters, the political and cultural setting of the times 1970s Bahia under the despotic rule of the generals , and lots of detail about Afro Brazilian religion make up the bulk of the book, which covers a space of only three days Amado includes large numbers of actual people in his novel this time how many, I couldn t determine, not being so familiar with the Brazilian cultural scene, but Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gilberto Freyre, and many others do appear OK, political correctness a la North American feminism does take a hike, but if you can accept that sexual attraction plays a large role in our lives and not everyone lives by the same principles, then you can plunge into the joie de vivre, humor, and happiness that suffuse this novel, like so many others by Amado I could have called my review Reading a Samba For sure it s tropicalismo, but you ll definitely like it. Bello Ho fatto un viaggio in Brasile, tra i colori, le feste, i balli Indimenticabili i personaggi di Adalgisa e Danilo e il racconto della loro prima notte di nozze. I enjoyed this one of Amado s than The Violent Land Maybe it s just a happier story, but it feels richer Maybe that s just me not being familiar with the non colonial cultural aspects, but I certainly enjoyed reading and rooting against the fanatical of the church The victory of the indigenous over the colonial is perhaps a little overly simple, but that s really best judged by Amado and I just enjoy the book. Here is the thing It s a fun little story, I felt as if I was there during Carnival in Bahia, and the narration was some cool I loved how he addressed the readers directly throughout the book The problem was it was a tough read It took me quite a while to get through it It didn t flow and then the dialect had me confused for most of the book Had I know there was a glossary in the back I may have had a little easier of a time reading but there was still some confusion with the saints and all I loved this story It was sexy and magical It was good enough to keep reading until the end regardless of the ups and downs I feel bad giving this three stars but I try to be honest, as I expect others to be with my own work. The religious repression and the many unethical Catholic priests portrayed, particularly in the early sections of the book, were unsettling to me And I will admit that Amado s love of listing names of non essential people throughout the book got aggravating at times but even the narrator tells us, No one s obliged to read this book straight through I did skip some a lot of the lists Once I got into it, though, I really did like it very much.Amado s conspiratorial storytelling style was very appealing He made me feel that I was sharing all the secrets of his joyfully irreverent and lusty romp through Salvador de Bahia, Brazil during Carnival I learned a lot about the history and culture of Brazil from reading this book. Mi sono imbattuta in questo romanzo attirata dal titolo Ad ogni temporale, mia nonna invocava Santa Barbara Benedetta che tenesse lontano il tuono e la saetta Proprio questo ricordo, affacciatosi mentre prendevo in mano il libro, mi ha convita ad acquistarlo E ho fatto bene Un libro leggero per i contenuti, ma non tanto per la lunghezza 380 pagine , che si leggono per tutto d un fiato.Siamo a Bahaia, in Brasile, dove una statua di Santa Barbara arriva da un villaggio per un esposizione di arte sacra Si tratta di una figura particolare, in quanto la Santa raffigurata con un mazzetto di fulmini in mano come Yansa, signora dell uragano e della guerra , invece che con la classica palma Al suo arrivo al porto, la statua prende vita, assumendo l aspetto di Yansa e decide di andarsene in giro per la citt , raddrizzando qualche torto e prendendosi le sue giuste soddisfazioni Il romanzo prosegue mostrando il punto di vista dei vari personaggi, creando un intreccio frizzante e mai noioso, con accenni di gioioso erotismo, senza alcuna volgarit.Un ottimo libro, forse a volte un po difficile se non si ha dimestichezza con gli orix , le ebomins e i riti pagani della cultura afro brasiliana che si fondono col cristianesimo, dando vita al Candombl Ci sono per note a fondo pagina, che aiutano molto.L autore dichiara, nella brevissima prefazione, che scrivendo si divertito anche se non l avesse esplicitamente detto, lo si sarebbe comunque capito fin dalla prima pagina Barbarahttp www.pescepirata.ithttp www.pescepirata.it aspirantis . Jorge um mestre da cultura da Bahia e do Brasil Um passeio pelos rituais que figuram na forma o da cultura brasileira Mais que um livro bem escrito, um panorama da forma o da cren a e ou descren a. This book tells the story of the Afro Brazilian goddess Yansan aka as Saint Barbara of Thunder running away in the city of Bahia and changing the life of the people she visits She arrives to Bahia as a statue of Saint Barbara and is scheduled to appear in a sacred art exhibit, but the statue walks away and starts having fun around town instead The story is fun and imaginative, a mix of realism and fantasy, depicting European Christian vs African traditions in Brazil, and is an interesting social portrait of the city of Bahia at that time The least interesting part of the book is Amado s endless criticism of Brazilian writers and other public figures of the time, which to a non Brazilian reader sound obscure and pedantic for the most part All in all, it s an entertaining book, easy to read, very representative of Amado s magical Bahian fiction I find there really is a bit of magic in this book I found it or rather the book found me in a funky bookstore in a funky part of San Francisco, and some interesting changes happened in my life right after finding it ^Download Epub ↟ O Sumiço da Santa ✓ Jorge Amado Has Been Called One Of The Great Writers Of Our Time The Joyfulness Of His Storytelling And His Celebration Of Life S Sensual Pleasures Have Found Him A Loyal Following With The War Of The Saints, He Has Created An Exuberant Tale Set Among The Flashing Rhythms, Intoxicating Smells, And Bewitching Colors Of The Carnival The Holy Icon Of Saint Barbara Of The Thunder Is Bound For The City Of Bahia For An Exhibition Of Holy Art As The Boat The Bears The Image Is Docking, A Miracle Occurs And Saint Barbara Comes To Life, Disappearing Into The Milling Crowd On The Quay Somewhere In The City A Young Woman Has Fallen In Love, And Her Prudish Guardian Aunt Has Locked Her Away An Act Of Intolerance That Saint Barbara Must Redress And When She Casts Her Spell Over The City, No One S Life Will Remain Unchanged