This new book by Father Ponce is, as the title indicates, a collection of essays, most of which reflect the author’s reminiscences of a long visit to Spain. However, one of the essays, on the August 10, 1809, movement in Quito, is of some interest; and almost a third of the volume is dedicated to a biographical sketch of General Francisco Javier Salazar, one of the outstanding figures in Ecuador in the period 1864-1891. Father Ponce could make a real contribution by developing this essay into a full-scale biography of Salazar.