Living Poor

Living Poor

A Peace Corps Chronicle

Book - 1990
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At the age of 48, Moritz Thomsen sold his pig farm and joined the Peace Corps. As he tells the story, his awareness of the comic elements in the human situation--including his own--and his ability to convey it in fast-moving, earthy prose have made Living Poor a classic.

Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1990, c1969
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780295969282
Characteristics: ix, 314 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Peace Corps chronicle


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Dec 31, 2014

Published in 1969, this book definitely lives up to and I'd say surpasses the excellent reviews printed on the back cover. After reading it, I had one burning question - Who was Martin Moritz Thomsen? 'Pig farmer' doesn't quite explain his keen insight into the human condition and the ability to write beautifully entertaining prose. Now I better understand why breaking out of poverty is like escaping from Alcatraz.


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