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The Gold Eaters: A Novel by Ronald Wright
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The Gold Eaters: A Novel

by Ronald Wright

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Great historical fiction about the Spanish conquest of the Incan empire. The author, Ronald Wright, blends history, Spanish chronicles, and surviving Peruvian accounts into contrasting pictures of two empires, one Spanish and one Incan. At the same time, it's also a story of a young boy, kidnapped and turned into a translator, an unwilling bridge between two cultures.

Forced to work with his captors, the young Waman learns Spanish from the conquistadors, even travelling to Spain to help the king to finance an expedition to Peru. In the chaos of civil war and invasion, Waman tries to find his family, especially his cousin Tika, whom he loves. Like shells on a beach, the tide of events wash Tika and Waman together, then apart.

This novel is stirring and exciting, even as you dread the events to come. Highly recommended. ( )
  barlow304 | Jan 27, 2018 |
The best fiction takes you out of yourself, and transports you to another world, with all its moral complexity. When you are finished, your own world is enlarged. This is what Ronald Wright achieves. ( )
  LonePinePublishing | Feb 12, 2016 |
Difficult to read, but definitely worth it. Great descriptions of Incas vs. Conquistadors. Gruesome, violent. Reviewed for Booklist. ( )
  jenzbaker | Oct 25, 2015 |
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"Plucked from his small fishing village and captured by the conquistadors looking to plunder the gold of Peru, young Waman is the everyman thrown into extraordinary circumstances, caught up in history's throes. He finds himself at every major moment in the empire-building of the Spanish explorers, including Francisco Pizarro, and in the culture clash and violent overthrow of the Incan leaders. He becomes an indispensable translator between the two worlds, who must learn political gamesmanship in order to survive and so that he can one day find the love of his life and be reunited with his family. Based closely on real historical events, The Gold Eaters draws on Ronald Wright's expert knowledge of sixteenth-century South America, as well as his imaginative ability to bring to life an unforgettable epoch and a world forged anew from violence and upheaval"--… (more)

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