Juan Bautista Chapa wrote his “Historia” about Nuevo Leon as an anonymous writer and now a direct descendant of his has written a fictional biography about him and has also, as my 9th great grandfather did, chosen to remain Anonymous.
Two weeks ago I got an email from the author whom asked me if I was willing to read his book. I had never heard about the book and I promptly replied with a yes, since the main character is based on the life of one of my ancestors. The following day the book was in my door step. I bumped it up to the very top of my reading list and just finished it a few days ago.
My thoughts on this Book
Once I started to read it I could not put it down. How could I? I was soon spell bounded by the weaving of facts and the vivid pictures of thoughts and motives about the man whom is one of my ancestors.
To be clear this is a fictional account of Juan Bautista Chapa but the author makes a great job of using real characters and real events to help develop a character that lives and breaths. Thus providing insight as to how Life in early Nuevo Leon might have had been and of how the life of Juan Bautista Chapa might have had also been.
I will share with you a paragraph from the back cover of the book that captures the essence of what this book is about:
“This fictional account of the life of Juan Bautista Chapa weaves together the facts of his life to paint a vivid picture of one of the defining early figures int he history of Northeastern Mexico and Southeast Texas. At the same time, the novel pulls the reader into a deeper meditation on the nature of reality, imagination, and consciousness, a consideration of what makes us human and the meaning of ‘Enlightenment’.”
I highly recommend this book to everyone, it is very entertaining and a great read, specially if you are a descendant of Juan Bautista Chapa.
By the way, don’t forget to check out the website and facebook page for this book. Make sure to press like on the Facebook page since the author is planning on posting additional information to it in the upcoming weeks.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EnlightenmentofJuanBautistaChapa
If you are a descendant of Juan Bautista Chapa make sure to get a copy of his baptism from the Facebook Page. It also contains great videos about the places that Juan Bautista Lived at.
Cover of Book: The Enlightenment of Juan Bautista Chapa
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Description of book by Amazon:
A fictional biography of Juan Bautista Chapa, an Italian emigrant who arrived in Nuevo León, Mexico, who emerged as one of the defining early figures of Northeastern Mexico and Southeast Texas. As the chronicler of the first written history for this remote outpost of New Spain, Chapa recorded the settling and development of the region.
About the Author:
I can’t really tell you much about the author since he has chosen to remain anonymous just as our ancestor did.
Get Your Copy of This Book:
At the moment of writing this, the only place that I could find it was at Amazon.com and was selling for $19.95 new. If you are interested in buying this book click here BUY NOW to buy from Amazon.
As I mentioned above don’t forget to check out the website and facebook page about this book. Make sure to press like on the Facebook page since the author is planning on posting additional information to it in the upcoming weeks.
Fcaebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EnlightenmentofJuanBautistaChapa
I hope that you find this book fascinating and entertaining as I have. Please let me know in the comment area of what you thought about this book.