Ernesto Gamboa is an extraordinary book, written with searing beauty of language by an author who knows his subject intimately. The language is so beautiful in places that it makes one cry. The hero of the book is Ernesto, an afro Honduran, born in poverty, but now an attorney, a leader of labor unions, a fighter in the public arena for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised. The author is a keen observer of the human condition; through his eyes we peer into Ernesto’s soul, and we come away reluctantly believing that Ernesto must walk alone, and his struggle is unto death. Ernesto’s fight against corruption and ignorance, against a culture of modernism and the descendants of Africans, and the conflict between doing what is right at great cost to himself, even his life, or giving in to evil with great gain, is a struggle unto death, which he must do alone. He seeks to solve his political assassination by undergoing an extended out of body experience. This is just one of the series of mysterious events which have surrounded Ernesto Gamboa’s life from birth to beyond death. There follows a who done it laced with significant flash backs and redolent of Afro realism.
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