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Tent of Miracles, by Jorge Amado

A biography of a remarkable (and fictitious) man and a chronicle of Brazil's racial struggle.

Tent of Miracles

University of Wisconsin Press, 1969, 396 pages

A very rich and exotic novel . . . tells the story of Pedro Archanjo, mestizo, self-taught ethnologist, apostle of miscegenation, laborer, cult priest, and bon vivant. . . . Amado's joyous, exuberant, almost magical descriptions of festivals, puppet shows, African rituals, local legends, fascinating customs, strange and wonderful characters . . . result in a richness and warmth that are impossible to resist.

Crossposted to books1001.

Dickensian, Marquezian, Brazilian.

Verdict: While Tent of Miracles was not my favorite books1001 selection, it was a good read and I'm glad I read it and got a chance to sample Brazil's most famous author. Brazilian readers are probably much more familiar with Jorge Amado and his works, but including him on the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is certainly merited, as he was more prolific than many authors who have several works on the list.

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Tags: author: a, genre: fiction, non-english literature, review

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