Ron Coyote, Man of La Mangia is adult literature featuring adult humor. The novel is a satire/parody of Miguel Cervantes’s Don Quixote, published in 1605. Jay Dubya assumes the pseudonym Sir Vantes.
Ron Coyote is a wealthy peach and apple farmer in Hammonia, New Jersey. His main foreman is a short chunky man named Pancho Sanza. Pancho represents the practical side of human existence, and Ron Coyote the dreamer and the idealist.
Ron Coyote loves a school crossing guard, Della Cinnea, but she can’t stand him. The rich farmer and Pancho travel around in a black ’38 Plymouth called Roachinante, and they also fly to Philadelphia and over Washington DC in Ron Coyote’s World War I vintage biplane, Roachinante II.
Ron Coyote is influenced by a televangelist, Calvin Mather, who preaches that America must return to the colonial values of its Founding Fathers. As a joke, Pancho buys Ron Coyote a Pilgrim’ suit, which the Man of La Mangia takes seriously and wears every day.
Ron Coyote enlists Pancho in his campaign to change the world and rid it of sin and crime. The employer promises Sanza a new shack with flush toilets, and Pancho’s wife insists that the foreman accompany Ron Coyote on his great mission.
Ron Coyote dedicates his great quest to Della Cinnea. He and Pancho have many great adventures and conflicts with the United States Army, Arabs, tramps, rowdy teenagers, Della Cinnea, hippies, the Mafia, and even Calvin Mather.
The novel has many twists and turns and more than several surprises, too. There are several dozen parallels Sir Vantes uses in Man of La Mangia that are similar to elements in Miguel Cervantes’ classic novel. Ron Coyote, Man of La Mangia is adult literature and it is not written for or to be read by children.