Tom Young wants to make a difference in the
world. He joins the Peace Corps and is sent
to an impoverished farm community in remote
southern Chile where a reforestation project
is the campesinos' only hope for a better future.
Tom finds himself in a breathtakingly beautiful land from a
bygone era. Horses and oxen provide transportation, light
is from kerosene lamps, and water is fetched with buckets
from springs. He is drawn to the closeness of Chilean family
life, and desperately wants to fit in as he struggles with the
language and customs. Fighting depression and loneliness,
he slowly adapts, but is shocked when brutal acts of violence
rock the community.
Tom's bonds are truly forged with this forgotten world
when he embarks on the seemingly impossible task of
building a new road into the campo. What he doesn't
anticipate is the relationship that develops with a
beautiful young woman, a relationship that will provide
the key to Tom's heartwarming -- and heartbreaking --
acceptance into the community.
Reader comments for One For The Road
I couldn't put it down. It has everything, comedy, drama, romance, tragedy. ....(the characters) became so real I felt like I was part of their family. Muy buen hecho hombre. I loved it.
One For The Road was a treat to read! I could get a good feeling for life in Chile and the story flowed
comfortably and interest in the people kept me focused. You truly write beautifully...
As I approach the end of One for the Road, I want to slow down and savor each page. Your story and your writing are both wonderful!
I loved your book! It made me laugh. It made me cry. It was wonderful.
David Mather's book is very well written, and the story line fully engages the reader from beginning to end. It is a work of fiction, but it accurately portrays the true life experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer working with "campesinos" in the Chilean "campo". The book respectfully conveys the human dignity and values of people living, working and loving under difficult conditions. And the story about two young people who fall in love despite their being from two very different worlds is both credible and heartwarming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the "real" Peace Corps Volunteer experience.
I judge a good book one that I cannot put down until I finish it. I judge a great book on one that I don’t want to end. That is how I feel about your book.
.....You did such a wonderful job of creating your cast of characters and telling your story. Within your story, they create a community both believable and interesting.
When The Whistling Stopped is a sequel to One For The Road. It is an "eco-thriller," based on a real event where the largest population of black-necked swans in South America was decimated through the toxins systematically and intentionally dumped by a pulp mill. The novel is about a young couple's quest to expose and bring down the amoral mill owner, but when he retaliates, not only their lives, but also those of their friends, are soon threatened with surprising and devastating results. The twists and turns of this fast-paced story make it hard to put the book down.
Reader comments for When The Whistling Stopped
WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MAN'S DESTRUCTION OF OUR PLANET AND ITS WILDLIFE FOR SHORT TERM GAIN. WHEN THE WHISTLING STOPPED IS A FAST-PACED NOVEL OF INTRIGUE AND CORRUPTION THAT TELLS OF THE REAL LIFE DECIMATION OF THE LARGEST POPULATION OF BLACK-NECKED SWANS IN SOUTH AMERICA. KUDOS TO MATHER FOR PUBLICIZING THIS TRAGEDY.
Don Weeden, Executive Director, Weeden Foundation
(25 years of funding environmental projects in Chile)
If you have not read Mather's first book, One For The Road, you should do so before reading When The Whistling Stopped. You will enjoy each more if read in order, because with When The Whistling Stopped the author has put the finishing touches on a wonderful love story; true love between man and woman, complex love between "gringo" and Chilena(s), innate love of the natural world that sustains and defines us, and futile love of justice. Mather covers them all, as he guides Tomás, his Peace Corps volunteer who finally returns to southern Chile to live out his dreams, and do battle with his demons.
David Mather’s new book, "When The Whistling Stopped", is a skillfully written story about life and love in modern Chile, which actively engages the reader from beginning to end.
...his description of places, people, and events are told so simply they seem real, not forced nor contrived, but real.
David Mather’s new book, "When The Whistling Stopped", is a skillfully written story about life and love in modern Chile, which actively engages the reader from beginning to end. Similar to his first novel, "One For The Road", this story is based on his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southern Chile, but this novel demonstrates that he has attained a higher level as a skilled writer. His love for Chile and the family he lived with as a Volunteer remain consistent in both novels, but this story credibly portrays the changes taking place in modern Chile. His knowledge of woodworking and house building, as well as forest industry and the disastrous consequences of this industry when it is driven by greed, greatly enhance the credibility of his story. Congratulations to David for this wonderfully written novel. I look forward to reading more of his books, and to witnessing his evolution as a highly skilled author.
Mather is a mesmerizing tale of lost love, found love
November 26, 2014
By Ruth Y. Nott
When the Whistling Stopped by David J. Mather is a mesmerizing tale of lost love, found love, and intrigue. I have not read his first novel but I intend to do so. I met David personally at a local book signing where I was appearing as one of many authors. I found him to be as fascinating and unassuming a personality as his "Tomas" in the book. I look forward to reading his first book "One for the Road" so that I can return to Valdivia and meet Maria Elena, the woman Tomas first loved and never forgot.