Mr. Velayas makes you like him, root for him, and then in the middle of page 144, abandons you.
Kelly starts as a half-grown teenager, disillusioned with everything, who takes off into the wilds of Brazil in search of...well, he never really makes that very clear, nor does he let you know if he found what he sought.
There are marvelous adventures, which you might take as fiction if you weren't familar with the people and the area, and just how lawless some parts of Latin America really can be.
It's haunting that Mr. Velayas states that freedom is only available in places where government is so corrupt that it barely functions. That is a really interesting and quite original thought.
I wish there was more. 144 pages is not nearly enough to detail the two year Odyssey into places most of us see only in "B" movies. What happened later? How did Kelly survive to be who he is today? Did he find his God?
Aside from some horrible grammar and some words that aren't in the dictionary under any spelling you might find, not a bad attempt from a young author. I bet it would make a riveting movie.
Bravo Kelly! When are you going to tell us the rest of the story?
In the wake of social disillusionment and utter contempt for peers, Kelly abandoned everything. “I went South in search for destiny, freedom, soul, God, or my demise. After a relentless trek through Latin America, South of the Orinoco, down the Amazon, descending the coast of Brazil, South of Corcovado, I found myself living on the streets of São Paulo. I went South ‘til I ran out of money. I lived in the gutters as a vagabond reading classic poetry: Lord Byron, Keats and Poe. They were my fellow exiles. I consumed nothing but devoured verse, dreams, visions and I became a citizen of nowhere. Nobody believed I was American. For who, sacrificing such comforts would live as I: wretched poor!