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The Gift Of El Tío
Larry Buchanan, a world-renowned geologist, discovers an enormous deposit of silver beneath a remote Quechua village in Bolivia and unwittingly fulfills a 400-year-old prophecy that promised a life of wealth for the villagers. Karen Gans, a specialist in child development, is deeply disturbed by the prospect of displacing the people in order to open a mine. Thus begins the ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Fuze Publishing
(first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 10, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Katy by: Meg Tinsley
In this engrossing memoir, we follow the authors are they move to Bolivia to live in the tiny village of San Cristobal after Larry Buchanan discovers an enormous deposit of silver ore directly under the village. The only way to mine the ore is to destroy the village, so the company for which Buchanan works gets the permission of the people to move them and their village to a new site. As it turns out, the discovery of the ore is the fulfillment of a prophecy. Buchanan and Karen Gans learn about ...more
I loved Larry's and Karen's alternating views of reality in the village of San Cristobal, Bolivia, site of what "could be the largest silver deposit in the whole world." Karen's response: "The town's been there for centuries." Larry's answer: "This discovery is just too important to walk away." Through it all--through the painful moving of the entire village to a new site so that the silver could be mined--Larry became more and more atuned to the needs of the villagers. And in that strange dance ...more