New Novel Uses Adventure to Teach Value of Effort

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In Manuel Alfonseca’s “The Journey of Tivo the Dauntless”, a young noblemen quests for righteousness

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In “The Journey of Tivo the Dauntless: Book One in the Chronicles of the Magic Jigsaw Puzzle” (published by iUniverse), the first of author Manuel Alfonseca’s newly-translated adventure novels, several companions quest in the mode made famous by C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series.

A magic object which belonged to the kings of Tiva was broken in ancient times. The seven pieces, which together make the magic jigsaw puzzle, have been lost. In this, the first book in the series, Tivo, king of Tiva, starts a perilous journey to find one of the lost pieces. The journey takes him to the other end of the continent, through perilous places and alien countries. He will meet unexpected friends and helpers, as well as dangerous enemies. Finally he will discover that the only way to win a piece of the magic jigsaw puzzle is by being ready to lose it.

An excerpt from “The Journey of Tivo the Dauntless”:
“Elavel reddened in anger and tried to answer the man as he deserved, but could not find the appropriate words. Suddenly, Valaz lost patience. Stepping forward, he took the girl’s arm and pushed her towards the horses.
Fortunately for him, he trampled on a dry branch that snapped with a sudden noise, awakening Tivo, who noticed that something strange was afoot. Without the king’s interference, the klíraite would have lost his life, for Elavel had extracted the knife that she always carried hidden in her clothes and would have used it to defend herself. Instead, a heavy hand fell on Valaz’s shoulder, who at the same time felt the sharp end of a sword against his back and heard Tivo’s voice: ‘What is happening? Where do you think you are going?’”

Speaking of his book, Alfonseca says, “It does something else besides telling an adventure story: it embodies fundamental questions and human problems with which everybody can identify with.” He continues, “Today’s society is losing fast the ability to make strong efforts to reach its goals. Everybody wants to get everything with the minimum effort. This is a mistake which will take us quickly to the end of our civilization.”

About the Author
Manuel Alfonseca holds doctorates in electronics engineering and computer science. He has published papers and books on computer languages, simulation, complex systems, graphics, artificial intelligence, object-orientation and theoretical computer science, as well as popular science and juvenile literature. In 1988 he was awarded the Lazarillo Award in Spain for his book “El rubí del Ganges.”

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