Moritz Thomsen was a gifted and original writer and a genuine American rebel. In his late-forties, he joined the Peace Corps, and was sent to Ecuador where he lived as an expatriate for the next twenty-eight years and chronicled his life in four remarkable books that have been compared with the work of Thoreau and Joseph Conrad. His other titles include Living Poor, The Farm on the River of Emeralds and the Saddest Pleasure. He was born in 1915 in Hollywood, California and died in 1991 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
“. . . one of the best American writers of the century. Thomsen’s writing about war, both philosophical and descriptive, is stunning.” – Washington Post
“A portrayal of the World War II air war over Germany in a class with Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.” – Boston Globe
“Rarely has the similarity between war and family been as clearly drawn as it is in this scathing, unblinking memoir. . . . A remarkable work of brave, unwavering insight.” – Kirkus (starred review)