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Review of Tino Calabia's (Peru 1963-65) Roman Proud, Wayward Widower

Review of Tino Calabia's (Peru 1963-65) Roman Proud, Wayward Widower

Roman Proud, Wayward Widower by Tino Calabia (Peru 1963–65) AuthorHouse $15.49 353 pages December 2010 Reviewed  by Bryant Wieneke (Niger 1974–76) UNLIKE MANY STORIES prompted by a Peace Corps Volunteer’s adventures, Roman Proud, Wayward Widower is about relationships. The primary focus of the novel is the emotional roller-coaster ride caused by the central character’s dalliances. Roman’s luck with beautiful women seems rather extraordinary — especially when there is so little description of him either by the author or other characters — but his affairs are detailed in vignettes that create empathy for him in both his incarnations: a young man searching for something he can’t quite understand, and a much older man figuring out what he wants. The novel opens with Roman, sixty-four years old and several years away from the death of his wife, pushing hard for a relationship with Nadia, a captivating Russian woman he met in Washington, . . .

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