Alejandro and the Fishermen of Tancay
Don Morales is a wise man. But he is also a sad man, mourning the loss of the past, of better times, of brotherhood. With his short, evocative stories—told with simplicity and beauty—he pulls his readers closer to him, as if he were speaking directly to us. For the good fishermen of Tancay, life was better yesterday than it is today. It was better to live in harmony with the sea. When they lived in harmony with the natural world, there was harmony in the human world, too.
With a nostalgic feel, yet reflecting Peru’s current political instability, this is a delightful book with an important message. When the natural order is disrupted, it is not only fish that die. When nature dies, so might we all.
"Muñoz offers an elegaic lament for a disappearing way of life along Peru's Pacific coast. Memorable personalities crop up throughout the narrative, including heroic Paton and muderous Canchero, but the disaster that invariably intervenes turns Muñoz's nostalgic journey into a meditation on natural disaster and political upheaval." —Publishers Weekly