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Esteban, a former Sandanista guerilla, decides to start a new life and leaves Nicaragua after being hired on as an ordinary seaman to work on the ship, Urus, harbored in Brooklyn. Fourteen other Central Americans do the same and they find themselves held hostage there by their lack of citizenship and the illegal actions of the ship owners who do not pay them. Esteban decides to leave the ship and investigate the USA.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Spanish in America    -   American Northeast Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Central Water?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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