Search Results: "Jorge Amado"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN HARVEST by Jorge Amado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Still, Amado provides us with the fullness of Brazilian reality and modern history that no other writer we read in translation does."
Here, in the first English translation of a novel written some 40 years ago, Amado (Pen, Sword, Camisole, 1985, etc.) strikes off with his trademark exuberance—this time to tell the cautionary tale of how brokered cacao devastates the economy, ecology, and societal structure of the Brazilian provincial port of Ilheus. Read full book review >

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THE WAR OF THE SAINTS by Jorge Amado
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"A lot is scattershot, unsubtle, and creaky here—but Amado (The Golden Harvest, 1992, etc.) remains the preeminent chronicler of at least the idea of a joyful life—and as such never neglects the infectious freedom of spirit that gives all his work a happy valence."
Amado dips back into his encyclopedic knowledge of the local politics, religions, and sexual joie de vivre of his beloved Bahia in this tale of Catholicism subverted by spiritualism, of puritanism undone by joyous sap, of right-wing control undone by happy anarchy. Read full book review >

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DOGGY SLIPPERS by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Isol, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Poetic pet snapshots packaged with panache and translated with aplomb. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
Using suggestions from kids in Mexico and Argentina, Luján crafts this refreshing collection of 12 free-verse poems about children's pets. Read full book review >

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SALSA by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ummm, a delicious companion to Argueta's Tamalitos (2013, illustrated by Domi), Guacamole (2012, illustrated by Margarita Sada) and his other poemas para cocinar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Music, dancing and food unite in this giddy bilingual whirl. Read full book review >

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MOVÍ LA MANO / I MOVED MY HAND by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Adults wishing to engage children in experiments with poetry and movement may find this flight of fancy to be an acceptable jumping-off point for further exploration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tutu-clad child encounters existentialism through movement in this 47-word poem by award-winning Argentine poet Luján (Stephen and the Beetle, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

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GUACAMOLE by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A bilingual treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Argueta follows Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding (illustrated by Fernando Vilela, 2010) with another simple, lyrical bilingual recipe for children. Read full book review >

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SKY BLUE ACCIDENT/ACCIDENTE CELESTE by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"While not essential, this is a vibrantly presented and provocative exploration of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Luján's free verse poem, a boy on his way to school collides with the sky and breaks it. Read full book review >

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SOMOS COMO LAS NUBES / WE ARE LIKE THE CLOUDS by Jorge Argueta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Poignant, heartbreaking, and, sadly, timely. (author's note) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 8 & up)"
With tenderness and humanity, this bilingual book describes the hopes, fears, and uncertainties of the thousands of displaced children that arrive every year at the southern border of the United States. Read full book review >

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SUN STONE DAYS/TONALTIN/DÍAS DE PIEDRA by Elisa Amado
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Despite its handsome presentation, this is more of a gift book for adults and not one that will help children make sense of the Aztec culture. (Picture book/nonfiction. All ages)"
Fluid brush strokes—more Japanese than Mexican—quickly sketch a jaguar, a buzzard, a dog, a deer, a lizard and other symbols representing the 20 days of the solar month of the ancient Aztecs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Accept a multicultural society and embrace diversity, says Ramos, or beat your head against the wall. Truer words were never spoken, even if they are still fighting words for too many."
Voices and experiences from the great Hispanic emigration to the US, gathered and put into appropriate context by the levelheaded yet passionate journalist Ramos. Read full book review >

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ROOSTER/GALLO by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Manuel Monroy, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The sharp, evocative language should stir children's imaginations as well as pleasing the adults who may be reading to them and who will almost certainly feel that Luján's poem for children is more delightful than many so-called 'adult' poems. (Picture book/poetry. 2-4)"
Luján's nine-line poem, ably rendered into English by Amado, is a hymn to the coming and going of the day. Read full book review >

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING? by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Nevertheless, the book captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young boy discovers the possibilities of reading on his first day of school. Read full book review >