Chronicle of San Gabriel by Julio Ramon Ribeyro - Review & Giveaway

March 31st, 2008 by Diane


Travel by book. It’s the only hope most of us have to go globetrotting and see places we’ve dreamed of, always feared, or never even heard of. In Chronicle of San Gabriel, Julio Ramon Ribeyro will take you to a Peru you never knew existed. Based on his own experience, this fictional work recounts one 15-year-old boy’s trip with his skirt-chasing, ever-drinking uncle to visit relatives in the mountains of Peru. The world he discovers there at the family hacienda is like nothing he could have fathomed.

The hacienda of San Gabriel is more of a pit stop, being the only place along the way for travelers to rest for the night and get a home cooked meal and perhaps a few too many adult beverages. While a large number of rebellious cousins and quarreling aunts and uncles call it home, others drift in and out causing a constantly changing series of interactions between contrasting people in the middle of nowhere - a sort of mini galaxy.

I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between Chronicle of San Gabriel and one of my favorite books The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. In both instances, you have an unusual group of people placed together in a remote location. Both groups form their own hierarchies, smaller groups, etc. as people are prone to do. But in Chronicle of San Gabriel, the outcome is more wild, passionate, and even sometimes lawless than the mostly-European group in The Magic Mountain. Oh, would I love to sit down and talk with someone else who has read both! This could consume the better part of an afternoon.

If you’d like to win your own copy of this fascinating book, I have one to give away. As usual, there are three ways to enter: 1.) Subscribe to this blog to be entered into this and all future giveaways here. 2.) Leave a comment telling me what intrigues you about this book (something more than “Sounds good” is kindly requested). 3.) Post a link back to this giveaway on your blog. Or do all three, and you have three entries. The winner will be drawn on April 3, 2008, at 12noon EST. (Please enter themommyspot(at)gmail(dot)com into your address book so you don’t miss the email telling you the book is yours.)

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70 Responses

  1. Louise A Brouillete

    Peru is my favorite country, and I’d love to read this!

  2. susan varney

    its my fantasy to read books and travel through them peru sounds fantastic

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  4. Erica G

    I love meeting all kinds of people when I travel. This book sounds like I could get what I like without leaving home.

  5. christopher h

    love books of south and central america

  6. Cindi

    Hi, I have never been to Peru or anywhere in South America! I would enjoy reading about the young man and his uncle. I love to learn about different cultures in remote places. The cover of the book looks intriguing. It would be interesting to compare “The Magic Mountain” with this particular book!
    Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

  7. Tara

    I think this sounds like a fascinating read!

  8. Tele Raack

    The fact that “Chronicle of San Gabriel” it is interpreted through the eyes of a young 15 year old boy is intriguing and will add a unique and innocent, coming-of-age perspecitve. I would love to hear his story.

  9. Desmond

    I’ve always been an aficionado of South America

  10. Susan Ledet

    I have always been fascinated with Peru and this story sounds exciting.

  11. Matt Shoukry

    I have always been interested in South America

  12. SYLVIA BELLE

    I would like to read this book.

  13. Cathie

    I never been to Peru and probably never will go…..but I’ve longed believed in being able to travel thru reading, count me in please

  14. Samantha Pruitt

    i did a report on Peru, it sounded like a really interesting place, i love reading of other’s adventures in foreign places

  15. vicky boackle

    i love to travel even through the eyes of others.

  16. Bunny B

    I love to be sucked into a whole new world when reading a book!

  17. Deborah Wellenstein

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  18. Paige

    Quareling aunts and uncles? Sounds familiar. I’d love to enter your contest.

  19. Sharon Jones

    This is something I have never read much about.,..and with the desciptions sounds absolutely facinating to learn and read more about…great cover as well!

  20. diane

    Reading a travel book is meaningful and transports me to another realm. What a great giveaway. This is fascinating reading.

  21. Vicki wurgler

    family and relatives, that’s always interesting. I haven’t read The Magic Mountain, I might have to buy that.

  22. gautami tripathy

    Do count me in! I have blooged about it here!

  23. littlelatina

    Sounds very interesting

  24. Barbara Fox

    I love reading about family dynamics. Sounds interesting!

  25. Tamara

    I love reading books about other cultures and countries, this one sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  26. Sylvia Porter

    i love reading about real people and their real adventures, this sounds really great!

  27. Kathy L.

    I love reading about other cultures, especially those in South America. Please enter me, thanks.

  28. Frank B.

    I always enjoy visiting other places.

  29. Christina Almond

    I loe travel stores like this! This sounds great!

  30. Anthony Hedden

    enter me

  31. Ivan Girl

    yay, i love this book. I wanna own one. Love travel stories and a country’s culture. :)

  32. Timothy Sternberg

    Peru is my favorite country.

  33. Angela & Connor

    Though I was lucky to visit france on several ocassions in a past life.. I can’t say I will ever get the chance to go back or for that matter travel again (especially not to Peru!) That must be exciting… *sigh*

    I added you to prizeatron.
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  34. Carla Cui

    I’ve always been intrigued about South America, the Peru storyline makes me want to really win this contest!

  35. Elizabeth M.

    I’d love this because I find human nature fascinating and it’s really interesting to see how the mind works and what choices people make when trying to make structure out of non-structured situations.

  36. Kathi Book

    Sounds like a wonderful book!! Just what I need at the moment..to be taken somewhere I’ve never been! Sign me up to win this one!

  37. Leanne C.

    looks great!

  38. Jen

    This book looks extremely interesting. I would love to read it as my “Peru” book for my Read Around the World challenge

  39. Cindy

    I love to read and it look interesting.

  40. Sherry

    I always love the chance to read a new book. This sounds so interesting. Being a young child & finding out about his family & roots sounds like a wonderful adventure. I love to learn about new cultures & places in the world to get get so involved that I actually became part of the boof. Thank-you for this fantastic opportunity.

  41. Crystal Gleason

    Looks good!

  42. mark

    like to read

  43. Eva

    This sounds great! I’m linking to your giveaway, and I’ve added your blog to my google reader (is that what you meant by subscribe?).

  44. Ed Nemmers

    I would like to experience Peru.

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  46. bethany canfield

    uuuuuuuu! yes, this one looks great! count me in. I love all things foreign, they are so interesting and exciting to me for some reason. I’d love to win this one.

    Thanks for another great giveaway!!!!!

  47. Leigh Nichols

    <3 books!!

  48. kiyana

    Sounds like alot of lively and interesting conversations in there with the mixture of families squabbling with the occasional drop in of offbeat travelers passing through. Sounds like a good read!

  49. S

    going on vacation soon - would be perfect read

  50. Brittany Rebello

    This looks like a very good read.

  51. Brittany Rebello

    This looks like a good read!

  52. Caroline Morin

    I’m fond of the exotic and the risqué. Sounds like this is up my alley.

  53. Liz

    Awesome - Peru is intriguing to me.

  54. Bruce

    I would love to Peru-se this book…..my children are too young for me to do any serious globetrotting — so this book might take me away……for a while.

  55. carrie taylor

    very intriguing

  56. Janet M

    the cover intrigues me!

  57. Lily Kwan

    The idea of complex relationships being explored in a remote location in a foreign culture intrigues me.

  58. Tom Hoh

    I have gone to visit the areas I read about in the past, especially in Michener novels.

  59. Buddy Garrett

    The interactions between people in this group in Peru and the resulting outcomes intrigues me about this book.

  60. Charlene Kuser

    His wild adventure intigues
    me !

  61. Heather C

    My grandparents frequently visited Peru (lived there for a while, if I remember correctly), so it would be interesting to read about his version of Peru and compare it to theirs.

  62. Jasmin

    My girlfriend is headed to Machu Picchu later this year — it would be great to win this for her!

  63. barb wild

    i would love to read about this great place …

  64. sarah

    Any kind of writing about foreign travel intrigues me! I’d love to read it!

  65. Betty Curran

    Sounds like my kind of book, travel and meet people without leaving home.

  66. Jill Miller

    The combination of different people thrown together by circumstance sounds really interesting!

  67. Michael Pedersen

    I would like to read

  68. Trish

    Thanks for having a giveaway. I posted a link about your giveaway on my blog: http://trishtheconqueror.wordpress.com/

  69. Jessica

    When I was in 5th grade, I had to choose a South American country to do a report on, and I chose Peru. Since then, I have been fascinated with the country. Plus, I love books that take me to new places - I travel through literature!

  70. raych

    I have the mad travel itch, but I also have a mountain of debt and a spouse now with his own mountain of debt, so travel-by-book is all I can do. I am definitely subscribing to your link!

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