Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

A Moral and Amorous Tale

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It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraes -- a gambler notorious for never winning -- dies during Carnival. His long suffering widow Dona Flor devotes herself to her cooking school and her friends, who urge her to remarry. She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho was not, and is altogether happy to marry him. But after her wedding she finds herself dreaming about her first husbandʹs amorous attentions; and one evening Vadinho himself appears by her bed, as lusty as ever, to claim his marital rights. -- Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2006
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307276643
0307276643
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 553 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: De Onís, Harriet 1899-1969

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lukasevansherman
May 18, 2015

"And with this we come to the end of the tale of Dona Flor and her two husbands, set forth in all its details and mysteries, as clear and dark as life itself. All this took place; let him who will believe."
"Magical realism" is maybe one of the most misunderstood movements in modern literature. The term gets thrown around a lot without people really knowing what it means. Like surrealism, it's assumed that weird things happening in a book make it magical realism, especially if it's set in Latin America. The term doesn't necessarily apply to the great Brazilian writer Jorge Amado, but in this novel (possibly his masterpiece) from 1969, a woman's dead husband shows up after she remarries and it's handled as if it's a normal occurrence. Vibrant, sensual, ironic, and funny, this is one of the crown jewels of the South American literary renaissance. Made into a film in the 70s. If you like this, also try "The Discovery of America by the Turks" and "The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray."

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