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Cumanda: The Novel of the Ecuadorian Jungle Paperback – August 8, 2007


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Written by JUAN LEON MERA in Ambato-Ecuador the 10th of March of 1877. Translated to English by NOE O. VACA in Columbia, South Carolina, USA exactly ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY years later. The 10th of March of 2007. Noé O. Vaca (known as "Ozzie") was born raised and educated in Ecuador, where he became an elementary school teacher at 19, there he also coached the school's soccer and basketball teams, led a Boy Scout troop and founded an acrobat squad that gave him lots of recognition; Came to the USA in 1969 where he dedicated himself to retail, is an American Citizen and lives in Columbia, SC since 1975. Vaca enjoys writing short stories and translating and interpreting English and Spanish.
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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434325997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434325990
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noe Vaca on October 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Years ago, when I first heard about this "Drama among Savages" or "The Novel of the Ecuadorian Jungle" "CUNANDA" and then I held in my hands a book in Spanish, I became obsessed with Cumandá and Carlos love story but, my poor knowledge of the language deprived me from comprehending all the details in Juan L. Mera's Novel. Nevertheless Noé O. Vaca translated to English and I own one finally.
Is an excellent book, I loved the characters and the storyline, although it was a little slow in the beginning is absolutely one of the best love stories I've ever read... swept me away and into every feeling imaginable. The romance is very exciting, heart beating and timeless. I could not put the book down and kept on wanting more!!!!!!!!
I really enjoyed this novel. I had never read a story that transports you to the Amazonas's jungle and keeps you there for the entire 20 chapters, an amazing book that one is sure never to forget. The author knows how to make you feel like you really know these characters. I've read the books about 3 times and I am always full of tears. If you love a good adventure book with a moving love story (but not trashy) this is the one for you.
Edith.
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By joannsabo0 on May 29, 2012
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CUMANDA
I've now read this book three times and each time I become more drawn into the lives of all the characters. From the first chapter of this book, The Orient Jungle of Ecuador to the last chapter, Diligence in Vain; Cumanda, a story of pure love will draw you in and enrich your life with truth. The first chapter, The Orient Jungle of Ecuador, is a beautiful, awesome descriptive narrative of the Amazon Jungle, the biggest forest on earth. What a great way to begin this story as the story takes place in this Amazon Jungle of Ecuador. The author sets the stage with this chapter and brings you into the jungle which enables one to experience the story in its reality. The story of the love between Carlos and Cumanda is haunting and sweet and the story of their love for each other and the tragedy that unfolds makes it hard to put the book down. Cumanda's story is one of anguish and heroism.
Woven throughout the story is the tragic story of Orosco, his heartbreak of losing his wife, one child and all he owned and his decision to become a missionary priest and work among the oriental tribes. It was interesting to me to see how Christianity was brought to the savage tribes and how they embraced Christianity but still held on to their savage rituals, an important fact in the end. I highly recommend this read.
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I was planning a trip to Ecuador, including the eastern jungle. To get in the mood, and learn some background, I bought and read this book. I enjoyed the book, although I would not classify it as "great literature". Nevertheless, it is quite famous in the literature of Ecuador. Remember that it was written in 1879, over 130 years ago, and is still in print. When I got to the Oriente, I thought again of "Cumanda" as I traveled on the Rio Napo and met some of the native people. This book helped me to appreciate the history of this region and the people who live there.

I also liked Huasipungo; The Villagers. A Novel, another famous Ecuadorian "must read", and much darker and more realistic in tone. Huasipungo is the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" of the Ecuadorian indians.
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