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Manaos | [Alberto Vázquez Figueroa]

Manaos

En Manaos, perdidas en medio de la selva amazónica, se encuentran las explotaciones de caucho del argentino Sierra, un despiadado terrateniente que esclaviza a los indios y los somete al hambre y al látigo para aumentar los beneficios de su producción.
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En Manaos, perdidas en medio de la selva amazónica, se encuentran las explotaciones de caucho del argentino Sierra, un despiadado terrateniente que esclaviza a los indios y los somete al hambre y al látigo para aumentar los beneficios de su producción. Entre los esclavos se encuentran el Nordestino, que fue a parar allí por una deuda que nunca logrará pagar; el Gringo, un antiguo guardaespaldas de Sierra condenado a la esclavitud por acostarse con Claudia, la amante del patrón, y Ramiro Poco-poco, un indio auca recién llegado a la plantación. Cuando Sierra parece decidido a dejar a Claudia allí para satisfacer a los caucheros, lo insostenible de la situación determinará de estos tres hombres a rescatarla e intentar lo que hasta este momento ningún hombre ha logrado: huir.

Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2009 Alberto Vázquez Figueroa (P)2009 Editorial Libervox SL

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    This is an adventure story revolving around the rubber trade in the Peruvian jungle. A great story of exploitation, greed, survival and piracy as the heroes escape in the inhospitable jungle. I’ve heard about the Rubber Barons - this is a story about the labor end of the business.

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    "An adventure with a horrifying historical context"

    This is clearly a 'rattling good yarn' on one level, and can be enjoyed purely as such, but Figueroa is known for his research into the background of his stories, and the thing that remains with this reader at least, is the horrific exploitation and cruelty of the Brazilian rubber boom. The author's sympathy with the female characters caught up in this perhaps leads to some politically correct characterisation, but helps the story along and provides one of the morally redeeming elements of an otherwise black story. I really enjoyed the reading of this by Juan Manuel Martinez. The language is simple and direct, and the reading very clear, and so it suits my not very good level of Spanish.

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