Zena Sutherland

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[When] his father disappeared [in The Vagabundos], Eric Hansen was deeply disturbed and determined to follow the slim lead he had…. For a thousand miles he trails his father by wheel, boat, and foot; living the simple life of the Baja fishermen, the vagabundos , Eric finds a satisfaction...

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[When] his father disappeared [in The Vagabundos], Eric Hansen was deeply disturbed and determined to follow the slim lead he had…. For a thousand miles he trails his father by wheel, boat, and foot; living the simple life of the Baja fishermen, the vagabundos, Eric finds a satisfaction and maturity he was never able to achieve in the luxurious atmosphere of a wealthy home. By the time he locates his father, he understands why Mr. Hansen has decided to stay on the peninsula and run a business. The contrast between the rigidity of the home setting and the freedom of the vagabundos' life is sharply effective, and, brightened by the striking people Eric meets, the book has the urgent mood of a perilous voyage. (p. 59)

Zena Sutherland, in Saturday Review (© 1969 by Saturday Review, Inc.; reprinted with permission), August 16, 1969.

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