Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It is when we show off a book from our TBR that we’re looking forward to reading.
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.
As I recall this was on my wishlist last year for books I was hoping to get for Christmas and while I didn’t get this as a present, I was still able to get a copy. I don’t think I need to say but everything about this book from the cover to the description gives strong exotic vibes of a colourful and vibrant culture far away. This I know was also the intention when this was written and to make matters even better, this is supposed to have magical elements to it too 😀 I recall first seeing this book on a list when I did a search for magical realism books and would have probably never discovered this otherwise, but basically it was love at first sight almost and when I saw this books wasn’t easy to attain online and that my libraries haven’t a copy either I just knew I couldn’t rest until I had this book and the authors other magical realism book: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands in my possession. As with all books I haven’t read yet I don’t know whether these books will be totally refreshing and exotic or a hot mess, but time will tell I guess, and I also have to mention that I will aim to read these books in a similar Latin American setting as the type they’ve been set in should that chance of travel ever arise. But man, this book sounds so so good and I do look forward to whenever I can get a chance to immerse myself in this vibrant world 🙂