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Author Usher, Rod.

Title Poor man's wealth
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Harper Collins Distribution Ct, 2011


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Description 336 pages ; 2.60 x 19.00 cm
Summary Part 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 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 more a deception than, say, the Loch Ness Monster, Irelands 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 tr
Genre/Form Reading nook.
ISBN 9780732294519 paperback
0732294517 paperback