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By: Philip J.S. Jones

A Peruvian Diary

Pages: 280 Ratings: 4.9
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Philip Jones left the rat race in the late ’90s. He has since gained a degree in English Law with Spanish Law and has pursued some charitable endeavours. One such venture led to him writing this unique insight into life in the Peruvian Andes. He flew to Peru in September 2009, expecting to assist in the construction of a soup kitchen in a shanty town in Lima on the behalf of a charity. Instead, he found himself living in a small village, building a Casa Hogar at 3700m in the Andes, in no uncertain danger. His description of his stay in Apuquri and of the people he met there provides a unique insight into a world yet to be consumed by the 21st century. A time and a place where the old ways are very much alive, and all is not what it appears to be. Full of witty comments and insight, this is a charming and enjoyable memoir. A delightful and instructive read; it is a much-needed glimpse into a living world that owes more to the legacy of the vanquished Incas than the victorious Spaniards.

The author was educated at the prestigious Vine Comprehensive School in Basingstoke, from where he went to college. He then moved on to work on various building sites, which paid for him to go surfing in California in the early eighties. Upon his return he procured various jobs in construction, including hod-carrying, roof-tiling and property renovation. He is not sure how, but he then managed to find gainful employment as an International Reinsurance Broker at Lloyd's of London. To cut a long story short, he left the rat race in the late '90s, and gained a degree in English Law with Spanish Law and has since pursued some charitable endeavours. One such venture led to him writing this unique insight into life in the Peruvian Andes, where all is not what it appears to be.

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  • Philip Keeler

    An amazing very descriptive book! You will be transported into a very different world you are used too. Beautifully written.

  • MR CR SWAIN

    The back story of the project behind the trip and an important local event affecting this Andes mountain village touches upon the pressures to their simple way of life. All told from the perspective of a western eyes traveller who likes to share a joke. A well written insight expressing the joys of a basic community life

  • Andrew Galliver

    A proper read. A Peruvian Diary is written by a man down on his luck. It tells how he bucked the trend and actually did something truly interesting and adventuresome. Nice one Jonny, where to next then?.ag

  • Amazon Customer

    A delightful, and instructive read. The people and customs of the Andean villages and small towns come alive - as do those who would, sadly, destroy their environment and way of life.

    Maybe not a work of literary genius but a much needed glimpse into a living world that owes more to the legacy of the vanquished Incas than the victorious Spaniards.

    The author is to be applauded for showing us this world and it's people, for surviving the cold and low oxygen at high altitude and for performing heavy manual work under those conditions to achieve something worthwhile for the people - and subsequently writing this book for us.

    It would have benefited from photos, but their omission isn't enough to lose a star...

  • lucy bland

    Peruvian Diary, Great read. Had the pleasure of meeting the author whilst out and about on my motorbike in the surrey hills (he is also a biker)
    Really entertaining chap, and upon parting I promised to read the above. I have and found it very entertaining, and thought provoking.
    I feel im the the better biker in terms of skill :-), but bow down to Jonny s superior writing & cultural observational skills !
    See you on the road sometime
    Phil

  • Alexander

    I really enjoyed following the author's footsteps and insights in the peruvian culture...Well worth a read. Makes me want to travel to Peru even more!

  • Sarah Alexander

    Great read. He makes you feel you are there. Highly recommend.

  • Rab

    Brilliant insight to what can happen in the Peruvian mountains, very amusing witty read

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