Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle

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University of Washington Press, Apr 1, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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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 madeLiving Poora classic.

"Hilariously funny at times, grimly sad at others and elavened with perceptive insights into the ways of the people and with breathtaking descriptions of the Ecuadorian landscape."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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User Review  - Kelsey - Goodreads

I couldn't finish this book. Maybe another day... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeanne - Goodreads

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Thomsen's openness and subtle humor are addictive. A very honest look at being a Peace Corps volunteer in 1969 and on poverty in Latin America and being (at least from a gringo's perspective). Read full review


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About the author (1990)

Onoto Watanna (pen name for Winnifred Eaton) was a popular writer of American romance novels. Daughter of a Chinese mother and English father, she used her own mixed heritage to explore diverse social issues and exploited the Orientalist fantasies of her readership to become a best-selling author. Samina Najmi is visiting assistant professor in English at Wheaton College and has written extensively on women and race in Asian American literature.

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