A Man of His Village

A Man of His Village

by Tanyo Ravicz

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A Man of His Village by Tanyo Ravicz

Winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize in General Fiction & the ForeWord Magazine Gold Award in Literary Fiction

Florentino Cruz takes one last job before he heads home to Mexico. He left his village at the age of fifteen, a migrant farm worker dreaming of love, honor, and riches. He accepts a promising job in Alaska, the magnificent climax to his years of toil in the United States. But the expedition collapses in mutiny and murder, leaving Florentino lost and fleeing for his life through a fire-ravaged wilderness.

A MAN OF HIS VILLAGE occupies the epic terrain of the West, from the borderlands of California to the strawberry fields of Oregon, from urban Seattle to rural Mexico, from the crowded slums of Tijuana to the isolation of the Alaskan bush. This is a novel of pride and redemption, the voyage of a passionate soul out of innocence across a continental landscape of exploitation and betrayal.

"The most original and gripping work of fiction set in Alaska that I have ever read."
--- Mike Dunham, Anchorage Daily News

"A descent into savagery that makes 'Lord of the Flies' look like a kindergarten skirmish."
--- Sandra Boatwright, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

"A masterful job of bringing face and personality to a volatile political issue ... riveting and genuine ... has left an indelible mark on my thinking."
--- Richard R. Blake, Reader Views

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149783458
Publisher: Denali Press
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 393 KB

About the Author

Tanyo Ravicz's award-winning books include A MAN OF HIS VILLAGE, ALASKANS, and RING OF FIRE. His fiction and essays are widely published, most recently in International Literary Quarterly. He was born in Mexico City and brought up in L.A. He graduated from Harvard University in 1984.

After living on the East Coast and in Europe, Ravicz moved to Alaska, stayed many years, and worked as, among other things, a day laborer, firefighter, and schoolteacher. He homesteaded land on Kodiak Island, where he returns every summer. Alaska naturally became a focus of his writing, though he lives today in California. Visit his website at www.tanyo.net or www.denalibooks.com.

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A Man of His Village 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about what a man will go through to help his family. Forentino, at 15 years old, left his home in Mexico to find work to support his family.. As an illegal alien he faces many challenges but his goal remains before him as he presses on. The challenges he endures are great and he meets good and bad people. From picking strawberries to picking mushrooms in Alaska he knows how to work. This book gives you a glimpse of the hardships of the immigrants who seek their fortunes and also to help their villages and families. This book shows real life and was an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on “A Man of His Village” by Tanyo Ravicz. I was intrigued by the premise as it seemed different from anything I’ve read lately, and I do always appreciate reading from the POV of “the Other” and the under-represented. This is a gritty and authentic-feeling telling of a part of society that many turn a blind eye to, unaware of the struggles they go through on a daily basis for things most of us take for granted (such as being paid for work done). However, overall this book felt a bit flat to me as I never felt as connected to the characters as I would have liked. There seemed to be an emotional disconnect that would’ve made us feel more sympathetic towards them. We are always kept at arm’s length, watching the characters go through the steps and sequences of events, but I didn’t really feel the emotional investment that I like to while reading, especially a book like this. Maybe it was just me… I did like the story in general and thought the characters were interesting. Perhaps the pacing was too slow, or I would have preferred more dialogue and character interaction. But beautifully written with a memorable message for sure.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
"A Man of His Village” by author Tanyo Ravicz is one of the most original and just flat out interesting novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. Loved the multicultural influence and having the story be shared through the perspective of a man whose working class often has no voice. Florentino is young in the beginning, but he is so focused and determined, and it is amazing to see what he goes through in order to help his family and his village. Truly remarkable, and a moving story I’m glad I read. Highly recommend, and I’ll certainly be looking at more of Mr. Ravic’s books.
TabithaP1 More than 1 year ago
I found myself wavering around while reading “A Man of his Village” by Tanyo Ravicz. At first I was immediately intrigued the story, and became immersed in the foreign culture world building and plot setup. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some. And there were long periods of time where I was just waiting for something to happen… some drama or more conflict. But at the same time, the writing was amazing, and I did find myself eager to pick up where I’d left off the night before. There were some crazy developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, and the message was one I’ll remember.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
Well this book took me a while to read, but in the end I’d say it was definitely worth it! I loved how everything came together, and I enjoyed reading this unusual book! It just seems like this isn’t normally the type of book that gets a lot of attention, but I think it should…the themes and events that happen are relatable to modern day and the struggle to survive is a human experience we can all relate to. But it’s unfair how these immigrants risk their lives and work so hard but have to hide and are taken advantage of, just trying to survive. The author writes VERY well… very descriptive and atmospheric and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing is near perfect, so rare in ebooks these days. Overall an original, thought-provoking novel that pushes the boundaries of typical literature.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and honestly the more time that passes, the more I think I like it… I finished last week, but it is really sticking with me for some reason, and I think I’ll re-read it again someday. I read tons and tons of Lit Fiction, and this one stands out as having more “character” and “depth” than many I’ve read lately. It was totally unpredictable and not at all contrived, which is something I feel I come across too-frequently – plots ‘made up’ for the sake of ‘entertainment’. This one felt so real. The writing is very good and natural sounding…. And I liked that the ending was bittersweet, in keeping with the tone of the novel. Great character development and an enlightening literary experience. Thank you. Highly recommend.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
A Man of His Village by Tanyo Ravicz was a very original take on ‘fiction’ for me, and at times it seemed like I was reading a recounting of something “real” that had happened, even though that is obviously not the case. I know that all fiction novels are like that (realistic-feeling stories that are made up), but this one was exceptionally so…. It starts off with some considerable backstory to set up the scene and ground the reader in the world-building, which the author does a wonderfully convincing job of creating a believable backdrop. The author also has a great “voice” in spinning these complex and intelligent plotlines all together. I could really see some of these things happening, and I felt a lot of empathy for Florentino and his struggles. But it was also inspiring to see him overcome his obstacles and we cheer his successes. He is not perfect, and it is these weaknesses that make him human and relatable. A great read, one I’d recommend to others without hesitation.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars How often do we just eat our food without even a second thought where it came from? Or who picked it? Or their story? I really loved this book. I thought it was excellently written and pulled me in from the beginning. Florentino is an engaging character and it is very interesting to see life through his eyes. He is strong, flawed, determined, and just trying to survive in a harsh world. I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened, and thought the tension and prose was great. Loved the ending. I will definitely be looking for more works from Tanyo Ravicz in the future. Definitely recommend reading for fans of literary drama and the multicultural experience.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
from the opening pages of “A Man of His Village” I knew it would be really different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Mr. Ravicz sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). The writing is beautiful… literary and almost poetic at times with the strong imagery. I was wondering how it would all come together in the end, and was not disappointed. An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique settings makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend. P.S. Love the author bio!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
"A Man of His Village” was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. I was hooked from the very start, and I every much enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, and the perspective of an immigrant laborer was definitely a new angle for me. The characters were all interesting and well-written, (especially Florentino, but also the others) and I was impressed with the flawless editing and formatting. Very smooth and professional. Recommend.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
"A Man of His Village” by Tanyo Ravicz is by far one of the more original, poignant, and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s use of vivid description of the different scenery and locales, and his attention to detail, especially with the Mexican culture. I admit I don’t think all that often of migrant workers and the hardship they endure. This is a great novel that humanizes them in a way that is engaging and eye-opening. Excellent editing (I notice these things), and I would love to read more from Mr. Ravicz in the future… happy to see he has quite the backlist!