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The House of Baltazar

by William John Locke

It is a tale of love, family, and duty set in the exotic backdrop of Guatemala, Central America. The story revolves around the life of a young man, Denis Burke, who inherits a coffee plantation and falls in love with the beautiful daughter of his business partner, the charming and vivacious Doña Lucia. However, their love is tested by the rigid social conventions of the time, as well as the machinations of a rival suitor and the looming threat of political unrest. Locke's vivid descriptions of the Guatemalan landscape and culture, combined with his keen insights into human nature, make "The House of Baltazar" a compelling read. The novel explores themes such as colonialism, class divisions, and the struggle between duty and desire. "The House of Baltazar" is considered one of Locke's best works and has been praised for its lyrical prose and well-drawn characters. It is also notable for its portrayal of Central America, a region that was relatively unknown in Western literature at the time of its writing. Overall, "The House of Baltazar" is a timeless story that continues to captivate readers with its timeless themes and evocative setting. Whether you are a fan of classic literature or simply looking for a captivating story, this novel is definitely worth a read.

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William John Locke was a British novelist, dramatist and playwright, best known for his short stories. He was born in Cunningsbury St George, Christ Church, Demerara, British Guiana on 20 March 1863,...

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