By Andrew Geyer
Set on a plantation in northern Peru, opposed to the backdrop of El Ni?o and the ensuing storms and floods, assembly the lifeless tells the tale of 2 younger americans who get stuck up in a blood feud among robust Peruvian households. The plot revolves round John Hauser, a Texan who accompanies his good friend David Leroy on a trip of discovery to South the USA. John needs to come to a decision even if to promote the ranch his father has left him or to maintain a deathbed promise to his father and go back domestic to paintings the land.While in Peru, John forges a dating with neighborhood landowner Heim Ulmson and will get thinking about Heim's fight to maintain his plantation from being stolen through a in demand banker, Don Enrique de l. a. Cruz. As John reveals himself drawn into the struggle among the Ulmson and de los angeles Cruz households, he turns into romantically concerned with Heim's attractive neighbor, Linda de l. a. Piedra. David additionally pursues Linda, inflicting a rift among the 2 top acquaintances. because the storms aggravate and the floodwaters upward thrust, John discovers supernatural components to the blood feud among Heim and Don Enrique, and reveals himself being pressured to dedicate homicide through a way he by no means imagined attainable.
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A man stands in a clearing, raising and lowering a sputtering torch he has just pulled from a small fire. The boat jars lightly against the bank. Around the fire sits a group that must be the man’s family—a woman who looks middle-aged but is probably not more than twenty-seven, the man with the torch, and three or four kids ranging in age from around five to thirteen years. The man embraces his wife. He hugs his children. He boards the boat. The engines cough, catch, and begin chugging. The fire fades in the wake of our passing.
He bowed toward the stucco front, sweeping his right hand just above the ground in the old Southern cavalier style, as though there were a hat in his hand. Heim laughed and touched his hand to his own hat. But La Hacienda Rosa just sat back looking big and white, as pleased with itself as the look on David’s face at having pulled up in front of it. While David snapped a couple of photographs, I untied our rucksacks from the bed of the truck and patted the dust off of them. Then Heim led us up a white stone path that ran through the pattern of moons and stars like the Milky Way.
The walls were of wood, the planks tight-shingled, the entire house fresh-painted white except for the roof, which was tin. There was a concrete foundation and glass windows. There was a windmill out front with a gray concrete catch basin. A white picket fence surrounded the yard. But as we drew closer, I saw David looking at the hut in the same way he’d eyed the Bolivian bus drivers who wound us through the Andes toward Lake Titicaca at gut-emptying speeds, shooting around donkey carts or herds of alpacas and llamas, on the shoulders of thousand-foot cliffs.
Meeting the Dead: A Novel by Andrew Geyer