In a latter-day odyssey, full of symbolist usage but a splendor of detail, a jaded New York intellectual finds himself-through a series of ironic accidents- deep in the South American wilderness in quest of primitive musical instruments. As he journeys, searches, acquires relationships and passes through crises of love and fear, one by one he throws down- in disgust- the trappings of his former world, until he has learned to live with the simple-heartedness of man at his ""beginning state"". One shares the joy of the hero at having found peace on earth, so much so that the author is scarcely able to make sense out of the unexpected ending of the tale. Translated with intellectual perception by Harriet de Onis- from the Spanish, this preserves the emotional and imagistic content of the original. Limited.