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The Young Llanero A Story of War and Wild Life in Venezuela   By: (1814-1880)

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In "The Young Llanero: A Story of War and Wildlife in Venezuela" by William Henry Giles Kingston, readers are taken on an exhilarating journey through the vibrant landscapes of Venezuela. Through an engaging narrative, Kingston skillfully weaves a tale that combines the excitement of war with the beauty and dangers of the untamed wilderness.

The story follows the young protagonist, Juan, a courageous and determined llanero, or Venezuelan cowboy. As a llanero, Juan possesses incredible skills in horseback riding and survival, making him an ideal candidate for the dangerous tasks that lie ahead. Kingston captures the essence of Venezuelan culture and history beautifully, immersing the reader in a world teeming with vibrant characters and dramatic events.

What sets "The Young Llanero" apart is the balanced blend of action, adventure, and rich descriptions of the Venezuelan landscapes. Kingston meticulously paints a vivid picture of the llanos, the vast grassy plains of Venezuela, with its diverse wildlife and untamed nature. The challenges Juan faces, both in wartime and while navigating treacherous terrains, create tension, while his encounters with various creatures, from jaguars to caimans, inject the story with a sense of wonder and awe.

The author’s attention to detail is commendable; he successfully paints a realistic and engaging picture of life during Venezuela's turbulent times. Through Juan's eyes, readers witness the harsh realities of war, the struggles of the llaneros, and the delicate balance between man and nature. Kingston's eloquent prose draws readers deeper into the story, encouraging an emotional connection to the characters and their journey.

However, while the novel is brimming with excitement, it occasionally loses momentum due to lengthy descriptions and a slow-moving plot. There are certain sections where the story stalls, hindering the overall pace. Nevertheless, Kingston always manages to reignite the readers' interest through gripping action sequences and unexpected plot twists.

Moreover, the character development is executed with subtlety and nuance. Juan's growth throughout the narrative is gradual yet profound, leaving readers invested in his personal journey. Surrounding him are a cast of equally well-drawn characters, each with their own motivations and complexities.

"The Young Llanero" exposes readers to the captivating landscapes, wildlife, and historical context of Venezuela, all while providing an enthralling adventure. Kingston's exquisite prose and attention to detail make for an immersive reading experience. Despite minor pacing issues, this book is sure to captivate lovers of adventure, historical fiction, and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

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The Young Llanero, A Story of War and Wild Life in Venezuela, by W.H.G. Kingston.

Kingston seems to be quite good at writing about South America. One wonders why he is so anti Spanish, but as he was brought up living in Portugal this may have something to do with the matter.

We are taken on a tour round Venezuela (that's the country on the north of South America, that has lots of oil, and whose main waterway is the Orinoco).

So there is a change of location from New Granada and Peru, but we have the same problems with Indians, Spanish troops, boa constrictors, and other flora and fauna. There are also the usual friendly priest and ditto doctor.

There were 44 engravings in the book, most of which are very nice indeed, and their quality can be seen in the pdf we have produced for the book. We try to produce a pdf for every book we scan, as a first task, even before we start to OCR the text. It's a pity that because of the size of these pdfs we can't easily make them available on the website.

We hope you will enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed making it for you.


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