Living Poor; a Peace Corps Chronicle

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University of Washington Press, 1969 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 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  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Split into four sections chronicling the years 1965, 1966, 1967 & 1968 Living Poor starts at the most logical place, Thomsen's application. His expertise as a pig farmer made him the perfect match for ... Read full review

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

A US farmer volunteers to live and work in a desperately poor village in Ecuador. He utterly avoids sentimentality or rose-colored glasses. The villagers are barely surviving because of utterly unfair policies, and he never lets us forget that, no matter how many amusing anecdotes he tells. Read full review


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About the author (1969)

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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