Juan Verdades: The Man who Could Not Tell a Lie

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Orchard Books, 2001 - Folklore - 32 pages
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In the heat of an argument in the village plaza, two wealthy rancheros bet all they own on the honesty -- or lack thereof -- of a ranch foreman known as Juan Verdades (John Truth). Juan's employer, one of the betting rancheros, doesn't doubt Juan's honesty for a second, but when the other ranchero's beautiful daughter enters the picture, Juan's truthfulness is in rapid danger of failing him.

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User Review  - tbeard76 - LibraryThing

Don Ignacio is so sure his foreman, Juan Verdades, will not tell a lie that he is willing to bet his ranch on it with his friend don Arturo. Don Arturo and his daughter design a plan that is sure to make Juan lie, but in the end they fall in love, and it becomes a win-win for all. Read full review

JUAN VERDADES: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and ... Read full review

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