Book: The Legend of Ron Anejo by Ed Tejacategories: Book, Sea Stories, Humor, West Indies, Sailing, Caribbean, Rum, Boats, Wooden Boats, Nautical Fiction
Ed Tejaabout this book: Sailors love their boats, some to great extremes and this is a story about such a man. He lives what is basically a subsistence existence, but with humor and grace, and an unquenchable optimism. He also has a leaky wooden boat.
I wrote this book while living on a boat in the Caribbean (West Indies). It is a wonderful part of the world, with wonderful people. It is also a place where strange things happen; sometimes things of little consequence elsewhere matter here and sometimes things of great consequence elsewhere don't matter at all. The rum shop, the fish and the weather (and the bananas) are the most important things. Life is close to nature and filled with the harshness and gentleness that gives it. People are not separate from life, but in the middle.
Although the novel is fiction, the stories are real in the sense that most of the events happened to someone in some form. The book is humorous, because of the attitudes of the characters.
The title is Spanish for "aged rum" and rum is a minor character in the story. Rum, in its many forms, is the drink of choice there, and with some lime and sugar, a potent force.
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