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The Gift of El Tio

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Larry, 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, a specialist in child development, is deeply disturbed by the prospect of displacing the people in order to open a mine. She challenges Larry to leave ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published (first published November 12th 2010)
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May 10, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
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
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Sep 10, 2015 Marcus Zottola rated it it was amazing
We live in a world that splits things into good and evil binaries. Democrats want to proclaim corporations evil while touting the wonders of government programs. Republicans want to proclaim the government evil while touting the amazing advances produced by the free market. Environmentalists want to paint industry as evil while declaring the natural world to be good and noble. Industrialists want to paint environmentalists as evil primitives stifling progress while boasting of all the good their ...more
Anna Walls
Apr 10, 2013 Anna Walls rated it it was amazing
Until I cracked this book, I looked upon any memoir with a good deal of trepidation. Like a history text book, those memoirs I've read were always a rather dry recitation of facts and dates. As you might guess, I haven't read many memoirs. Now we come to this book. The Gift of El Tio isn't quite a memoir and yet it is, after a fashion. This book chronicles the change the people of a tiny remote village of San Cristobal, Bolivia went through when an enormous silver deposit was discovered beneath ...more
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Feb 09, 2014 Penny Klabunde rated it really liked it
Finished the book and heard the authors speak later the same day. Most enjoyable to see photos of all the people and places I had just read about.
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