Santiago Author:Ann Nolan Clark "Tia Alicia was a Guatemalan lady, descendant of a proud family of Spain. And Santiago, her foster son, was an Indian, child of the lovely Maria, who for ten years had been the 'courage and strength' of Tia Alicia's pension. Until his twelfth birthday Santiago knew nothing of the ways of his own people, only the sheltered life of the old house... more » in Guatemala City, with its long tradtition of graciousness and decorum.
Then everything was changed. Santiago was taken by an old clansman of his father to live the primitive life of the burden0bearers. He hated it all, though he tried with proud determination to be a good burden-bearer.
Even the Old One agreed at last that it was not the boy's place in 'the Divine One's pattern' to follow the ways of his ancestors. And Santiago was free to search for and find in his own way what he was born to be.
Through days of contented work on a coffee plantation; through nights of loneliness and fear in the city, where there was no work; through long months in the silent forest places where little bands of chicle-gatherers labored in the steaming hear, Santiago slowly learned about himself and about the people of his country. He learned the satisfaction of work well done, and the solidity of friendships founded on shared pleasure in work.
After five years he came back full circle to the friends of his childhood, and with their affection and approval he found at length the certainty of his purpose in life.
Told with a moving beauty of style and lit with imaginative understanding, Santiago is a story not only of one boy's endeavor to be 'a good Indian in today's world,' but of a whole people striving to find its place in the sun."« less