Litoral Stories of Sea of Puerto Rico Escudero Scarce

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Litoral; short stories of the sea of Puerto Rico, by Nestor A. Rodríguez Escudero - Scarce Copy - Inscribed by Translator

You could pay $75.00 plus shipping at Duet Books , in Bloomington, Indiana - the only other copy we found available for sale online - or get this handsome, well-preserved copy, inscribed by the translator:

Litoral; short stories of the sea of Puerto Rico , by Nestor A. Rodríguez Escudero, translated by Louise Florea Sweetman (NY: Vantage Press 1969), first edition, inscribed by translator, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" tall blue hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket (preserved in a Brodart archival sleeve), gilt lettering to spine, xi, 138pp. Covers have mild edgewear, translator inscribed message to prior owner on front pastedown. Otherwise a very good+ to near fine book in a slightly rubbed and edgeworn (with one 1/4" closed tear) but overall very good dust jacket

This is a prize-winning collection of well-rendered and effective short stories about the life of the common people of Puerto Rico, and especially those who make their living from the sea. In stories distinguished by their clarity and brevity, the author portrays the lot of the Puerto Rican fisherman, sailor, beachcomber and other types of local citizens. Escudero's Litoral won first prize as the best book of 1965 in Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez's stories can be compared favorably with those of such well-known American writers as Hemingway and Steinbeck for their vivid recreation of men in elemental situations. Most of Escudero's characters are caught in the age-old struggle against the sea for their means of survival. Their life is symbolized and re-created in the personage of Juan Blas - an old "sea-wolf" who narrates the first few of these tales.

These and other Puerto Rican sea-stories are rounded out with a selection of the author's "Legends of Aguadilla" (the city w he lives), "Stories from Youth," "Intimate Stories," and "Historical Tales."

About the author : Nestor A. Rodriguez was born in the town of Manati, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Aguadilla on the western coast. He won literature prizes in grammar and high school and took a B.A. in the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, receiving prizes in oratory and as the best student of Spanish literature. Quotations from his writing are being used in Puerto Rican schoolbooks.

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