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Poor Man's Wealth

Poor Man s Wealth Product DescriptionPart fable part love story part comi tragedy Poor Mans Wealth is narrated somewhat unreliably by El Gordo the Fat One He is the mayor of Higot a dusty village in an unnamed Sp

  • Title: Poor Man's Wealth
  • Author: Rod Usher
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 448
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  • Product DescriptionPart fable, part love story, part comi tragedy, Poor Mans Wealth is narrated, somewhat unreliably, by El Gordo the Fat One He is the mayor of Higot, a dusty village in an unnamed Spanish speaking country under military rule He and the secret Marisol Committee a group of local councillors dream up a plan to save the village from economic death and thProduct DescriptionPart fable, part love story, part comi tragedy, Poor Man s Wealth is narrated, somewhat unreliably, by El Gordo the Fat One He is the mayor of Higot, a dusty village in an unnamed Spanish speaking country under military rule He and the secret Marisol Committee a group of local councillors dream up a plan to save the village from economic death and the exodus of its young people, especially now that tobacco their one source of income is a suspect crop They start a hoax El Gordo, whose charming English comes via a library bequeathed to him, argues that the hoax which so changes the life of Higot is no a deception than, say, the Loch Ness Monster, Ireland s Blarney Stone, the Colossus of Rhodes Can they pull it off and attract tourists to unattractive Higot Will the hunchback Bartolomeo, a sex scandal involving a bicycle, or the military junta blow the hoax apart, see its perpetrators disappeared El Gordo takes the reader on a joyous, witty and wise journey through the travails of his villaged his heart.

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    1. Mind you, I'm maddeningly frugal, but I bought 3 copies of this book so I could give some to friends, and I need to buy more. This book is hard to find online and in USA bookstores because the Australia Harper Collins has not released this gem in the United States. Bring it on, Harper! If Kent Haruf's literary masterpiece PLAIN SONG made the best seller lists and got made into a movie (not a very good film, sorry to say), Rod Usher's novel should top of the NYT list and be filmed as beautifully [...]

    2. Sometimes I come across a gem of a book like this and I think, how did this one pass me by when it was first released? Rod Usher is an Australian author who now lives in Spain, and I stumbled on Poor Man’s Wealth in the library. It turned out to be just the perfect book to read to offset the bleakness of The Story of a Brief Marriage and my only hesitation in recommending it is that you may have difficulty finding a copy.I picked up the book because Rod Usher’s name was vaguely familiar to m [...]

    3. ‘Patience is not one of our national boasts, but I ask for some.’El Gordo, ‘The Fat One’, is the mayor of Higot, a small village in an unnamed Spanish-speaking country under military rule, and the narrator of this book. Higot is a dusty backwater, barely sustained by its tobacco crops and it does not attract visitors. It doesn’t even have a bus stop, unlike its neighbour Juar. And perhaps Higot would have ceased to exist, except for the chance arrival of an Englishman with a large coll [...]

    4. At first, this book seems as quiet and unassuming as the inhabitants of the small, rural town of Higot. But don't be fooled, for what is demonstrated again and again is how deceptive appearances can be. Set in Spain at an indeterminate time in the past, the book is narrated by the town's mayor – an obese ex-teacher known as El Gordo, 'The Fat One' - who has decided to write a 'record' of his town and the events that unfolded there. As a narrative device, this is extremely clever. The simple se [...]

    5. A mild ramble through a Spanish hoax. I started this book straight after a thriller. Bad move! Took me awhile to slow down and appreciate the stroll! Thoroughly recommend Poor Man's Wealth, but, be warned, sit down, relax and immerse yourself.

    6. What a delightful book - I felt as though I had really visited the village and the people. I loved the story of the sleeps, and think might try them myself.

    7. Rod Usher writes beautifully in this disarming and very charming rural tale. His gentle prose brings characters to life, but also brings life to some subtle and scholarly literary concepts. I really enjoyed the character development- almost as much as the whacky idea upon which the story is based.It was refreshing to reach various points of tension in the narrative and have them resolved by the end of the chapter, no tedious devices here to maintain reader suspense or interest, the tale just unr [...]

    8. I was sure I was going to love this book. It was put forward by a friend for her book group and I decided to read it. I don't really know why it did not grab me, I think the names and the halting language it was written in put me off. I just could never got into it. I felt every page and I never connected with the Characters, they stayed dull never quite getting the glow that happens when you become part of the story. I wish I could say I enjoyed it more than I did, as I have read some very good [...]

    9. This charming tale is set in Spain, where the Australian born novelist lives. The village of Higot is in the backblocks – but the mayor thinks that inventing a tourist attraction may revive its fortunes. He decides that people falling asleep (at their jobs, in the street, in the cafes) will pull in the curious – and it does. But is this newfound notoriety really what people want? This is fun!

    10. Absolutely delightful tale of El Gordo, the narrator and obese mayor of a tiny Spanish village, in some period during Franco's reign. We follow his learning to love books and the English language, and his eventual introduction to sexual and romantic love as he tries to save his town from economic extinction, all narrated perfectly in his somewhat eccentric English.

    11. Neither my father nor I could finish this book, it was so bad, and I'm not one to give up on a book. Slow moving, uneventful, uninspiring. Totally devoid of interest. Can't believe the average rating for this book is so high!

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