Stories from Ecuador: A Collection by Tyrel Nelson Tyrel Nelson Author
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Stories from Ecuador is a collection of honest, first-hand accounts of the most memorable people, places, and moments from a young man's year-long journey in Latin America. Tyrel Nelson's prose breathes life into the characters he befriends along the way and sketches scenes with the telescopic perspective that one only gains by stepping outside the American mainstream. Setting off from Quito to begin his training to teach English (TESOL), you tag along traversing the Ecuadorian countryside surrounding Cuenca as Nelson documents his experiences and transformation from a Minnesota native into a true citizen of the world. Using the rich landscape as the backdrop for his stories, he not only shows a keen eye for cultural and historical detail, but an artist's flare for blending personal perspective with the attributes of a solid narrative. From the encounters with his quirky landlord and neighbors in Cuenca to quixotic adventures with his brother, Nelson serves up a colorful mix of tales incorporating levity, beauty and even boredom, in an unexpected and refreshing way.—Daniel Patrick Holmay


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