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ISBN 10: 1595946837 / ISBN 13: 9781595946836
Published by WingSpan Press, U.S.A., 2014
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Title: Casaroja

Publisher: WingSpan Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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At twilight on a remote mountain pass in war ravaged Guatemala in the 1980s, a ladino and a Kekchi Mayan meet a gruff americáno horseman. His face is disguised with a kerchief and he speaks little. Government death squads still roam these Mayan homelands, where hundreds of villagers have been massacred in the time known today as la violencia, the days of the Rios Montt regime. The two small men have been awaiting a young mission priest, who they are to escort to the village of Casaroja. Out of radio contact for years, along with its fledgling mission priest, the village is believed by human rights activists to have been attacked by the army. Despite a new civilian regime, the nation remains on edge. For the army remains in place, and fears an accounting. Distrust, suspicion and well-justified fear are the rule of the day. And this Yankee horseman is neither young, nor does his speech or manner bear any resemblance to the man of God that the two men of Guatemala have expected. As their long journey through the wilderness with the stranger begins, they become convinced that something has gone terribly wrong. Thus begins Casaroja, “an intense and gripping novel,” according to Catholic essayist and educator James Likoudis, “written with great descriptive power by a new Catholic author, who writes masterfully concerning faith in a world of betrayal and disbelief.” Casaroja is not only a Catholic novel but a work in the vein of American realism, depicting at ground level the American Catholic response to Central America in our time, amidst competing claims of revolution versus counter-revolution, Western economic development versus the promises of communist propaganda, and liberation theology versus the traditional missionary quest for souls.


"This book captures the attention of the reader at once, for it is a fine composition and a fine contribution to a deeper meditation by the Church concerning her own foreign missions and their possible negligence, false turns and self-sabotaging ideologies...the sharp difference between a Catholic priest, who knows that God's salvation is effected one by one, one soul at a time, and the distinctively different revolutionary agent who is himself a 'coercive utopian' whose own 'liberation theology' was much more abstract and whose stunted ideological approach mainly attacks 'the structures' and purportedly 'retrograde, reactionary ideas.' 
"Impressive also is how Morow depicts, with deep respect, the landscape and vivid nature of the country, to include the Spanish roots and the local Mayan culture and customs."
Dr. Maike Hickson, The Wanderer, 1/15/15 

"The main issue of the book is the description of the terrible damage done by priests influenced or in some cases dominated by a Marxist ideology. The author uses valuable literary tools from well organized flashbacks to very revelatory dreams to tell his story. He provides an excellent description of revolutionary priests through Father Matthew, a fine and dedicated priest full of apostolic zeal. After reading this valuable novel we are looking forward to reading the other novels on which the author is working, part of a series called The Long Exile, presenting a chronicle of the history of the Catholic Church in America and its missionary efforts."
Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula, in The Latin Mass, vol. 23 no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2016)

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