Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

by Jorge Amado

It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraesa gambler notorious for never winningdies during Carnival.

She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho was not, and is altogether happy to marry him.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.01
  • Pages: 576
  • Publish Date: September 12th 2006 by Vintage
  • Isbn10: 0307276643
  • Isbn13: 9780307276643

Read the Book "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" Online

The strange and moving account of the experiences of Dona Flor, professor emeritus of the culinary art, and her two husbands, the first known as Vadinho; the second, Dr. Teodoro Madureira by name, pharmacist by profession or The Fearsome Battle between Spirit and Matter Narrated by Jorge Amado, public scrivener located in the Rio Vermelho quarter of the city of Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, in the neighborhood of Largo de Sant' Ana, where Yemanja, Our Lady of the Waters, dwells. This will probably be my favorite read of the year 2016, an irreverent, bawdy, tumultous celebration of life and love under the tropical sun of Bahia, written with tender irony and wicked wit by Jorge Amado, to the accompaniament of guitars, violins, bassoons, cellos and the thundering batucadas of a full fledged Carnival. Some of the lessons are extremelly painful, and the amorous tale of Dona Flor begins with the death of her first husband, Vadinho, in the morning of the last day of the Carnival. He dies the same way he lived his life : drinking and singing and making lewd gestures at passing women, accompanied by his gang of gamblers and lechers, buried in debt and missed only by his creditors and by his long suffering wife of seven years, Floripedes Paiva Madureira - Dona Flor de Guimaraes, owner of the Cooking School of Savor and Art. A murmur of the professionally devout, of old church mice, of spiteful enemies of fun and laughter, arose with the incense in a sour sussuration: "He wasn't worth a ha'penny's prayer, the renegade." The wicked, forked tongues of the neighbouring busybodies wag with glee at the death of the devilish Vadinho, but Dona Flor is devastated. In a long and rambling flashback, we follow Dona Flor down memory lane, reminiscing over her seven years of secret happiness in the arms of Vadinho, who might have been everything the gossipy tongues wagged about, and even worse on occasion, but who nevertheless loved his young wife with all his wild heart (and his admirable bedroom skills). For all the comedy and the laughter and the music, Jorge Amado doesn't forget that he started his career as a leftist writer deeply engaged in social issues, and makes Dona Flor more that a pretty ornament to her husband or an object of lewd dreams.

His writing comical, funny, spiritual and incomparable emotional intelligence, enabling it to exploit parallel universes and controversial topics.

Rating: five enchanted stars of five So, as I've explained on my profile over at LibraryThing, I've been in a book circle in RL for 17 years, and I posted our group reading list with my one-line assessments of the books. The Book Report: Flor and Vadinho are as happy as two opposites can be in a marriage. Their relationship doesn't make sense to any of Flor's stuffy, social-climbing family (really, whose relationship makes sense to the family?), as Vadinho spends and cheats and generally makes a spectacle of himself in dreary 1940s Bahia (provincial Brazilian city, think Baltimore or Philadelphia). So Flor marries Babbitt. Is the story in Flor's mind, a desperately bored woman's attempt to recapture some small sense of joy in life, or is Vadinho real? Recommended, ESPECIALLY for married people of all persuasions.

Here, it is a love triangle: Vadinho, a rascal and a gambler who is good at nothing except in bed where he is unforgettable; Dona Flor, Vadinho's wife, a beauty and an excellent cook (like Gabriela) who becomes a young widow when Vadinho suddenly drops dead in a carnival while wearing a costume and a fake penis; and Dr. Teodoro, a pharmacist, well-educated, very caring and respectful even in bed (Wednesdays and Saturdays only, with a repeat performance every Saturday). My favorite scene here, where I felt Jorge's romanticism at its height, is the first honeymoon night of Dona Flor and her second husband Dr. Teodoro. One day, she casts her eyes upon the prim and proper Dr. Teodoro, Dona Flor's faithful husband, and decides to test her charms on him. Here goes the inimitable Jorge!-- "Four times a day, at least, as he came and went from his house to the drugstore and vice versa, the 'splendid forty-year-old' (according to Dona Dinora's crystal ball) passed beneath her window, where, in a low-cut robe, Dona Magnolia rested her insolent breasts, as big and round as they were enticing. 'Let them suffer so they will learn,' Dona Magnolia reasoned pedagogically, shifting to exhibit still better breasts and bust (unfortunately the window frame somewhat limited the rest of her display). Dona Magnolia had confidence in her charms: 'My dear fortuneteller, take note, write down what I am saying: there is no such thing as a monogamous man, we know that, you and I. "So the doctor was not moved by the swooning eyes of his neighbor, by her seductive voice answering her greeting, with her breasts resting on the windowsill, and the desire of the young men growing by day and by night, the drooling of the old men? "Thus one sultry afternoon, when the air was heavy with desire, inviting to the delights of bed and lullabies, Dona Magnolia entered the swinging doors of the pharmacy, carrying in her hand a box of injections to be used as a new temptation of St. Anthony. A motto which hung over his worktable summed up his principles: 'A place for everything and everything in its place.' Dona Magnolia read it; she knew about a thing and the place for it, and she eyed the doctor maliciously. "He dipped a wad of cotton into alcohol, and raised the syringe: 'Please roll up your sleeve.' "In a voice both coy and malicious, Dona Magnolia answered: 'Not in the arm, doctor, not in the arm.' "He pulled the curtain across. She raised her skirt, displaying before the doctor's eyes riches even larger and more tempting than those exhibited every day at the window. 'Where does it hurt you?' "Still holding up the hem of her dress showing haunches nobody had ever been able to resist before, Dona Magnolia looked the distinguished personage straight in the eye: 'Is it possible that you don't understand, that you don't understand anything?' "He really didn't.

Having read the long and mildly tedious Island Boy, I picked it up in the hope it would be a bit more fun. I dont only want to read books reinforce national stereotypes, but in a wet London November, a bit of Brazil seems quite tempting. Not that its a bad book, but it didnt ever quite grab me; and after 550 pages, any book that youre not actively enjoying is going to seem like a bit of a chore.

At first when it ended I was a little unsure if I liked it but as it started sink in I realized it has to be one of the finest book I have ever read.

As a young girl she marries Vadinho, the love of her life. Just when she cannot bear this inner turmoil any longer she realises that the missing ingredient in her life is.Sex. Oh! How can you have sex at prescribed, regular times sighs Dona Flor. Sex so regular and predictable that Dona Flor wants to scream and tear her hair in despair. We feel the turmoil in Dona Flors life. Here is Teodoro who loves her, treats her with respect, never deprives her of her hard earned money on the other hand we have Vadinho who only has his sexual expertise. How Dona Flor pines for Vadinho, her body cries out to him and in that yearning Goddess Yemanja comes to her aid.

(Wikipedia) Jorge Leal Amado de Faria (Itabuna, 10 de agosto de 1912 Salvador, 6 de agosto de 2001) foi um dos mais famosos e traduzidos escritores brasileiros de todos os tempos. A obra literária de Jorge Amado 49 livros, ao todo também já foi tema de escolas de samba por todo o País.