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Poor Man's Wealth

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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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 th
202 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Carol Kean
Dec 27, 2012 Carol Kean rated it it was amazing
Mind you, I'm maddeningly frugal, but I bought 3 copies of this book so I could give some to friends, and I need to buy more. This book is hard to find online and in USA bookstores because the Australia Harper Collins has not released this gem in the United States. Bring it on, Harper! If Kent Haruf's literary masterpiece PLAIN SONG made the best seller lists and got made into a movie (not a very good film, sorry to say), Rod Usher's novel should top of the NYT list and be filmed as beautifully ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 31, 2014 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Patience is not one of our national boasts, but I ask for some.’

El Gordo, ‘The Fat One’, is the mayor of Higot, a small village in an unnamed Spanish-speaking country under military rule, and the narrator of this book. Higot is a dusty backwater, barely sustained by its tobacco crops and it does not attract visitors. It doesn’t even have a bus stop, unlike its neighbour Juar. And perhaps Higot would have ceased to exist, except for the chance arrival of an Englishman with a large collection of
Karen Leopoldina
Mar 28, 2012 Karen Leopoldina rated it really liked it
At first, this book seems as quiet and unassuming as the inhabitants of the small, rural town of Higot. But don't be fooled, for what is demonstrated again and again is how deceptive appearances can be. Set in Spain at an indeterminate time in the past, the book is narrated by the town's mayor – an obese ex-teacher known as El Gordo, 'The Fat One' - who has decided to write a 'record' of his town and the events that unfolded there. As a narrative device, this is extremely clever. The simple sent ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Liz added it
A mild ramble through a Spanish hoax. I started this book straight after a thriller. Bad move! Took me awhile to slow down and appreciate the stroll! Thoroughly recommend Poor Man's Wealth, but, be warned, sit down, relax and immerse yourself.
Jan 01, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
"Sadness is anger dressed in Sunday Clothes." Loved this quote.
Robert Ditterich
Aug 09, 2016 Robert Ditterich rated it really liked it
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Rod Usher writes beautifully in this disarming and very charming rural tale. His gentle prose brings characters to life, but also brings life to some subtle and scholarly literary concepts. I really enjoyed the character development- almost as much as the whacky idea upon which the story is based.

It was refreshing to reach various points of tension in the narrative and have them resolved by the end of the chapter, no tedious devices here to maintain reader suspense or interest, the tale just unr
Nov 10, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it
I was sure I was going to love this book. It was put forward by a friend for her book group and I decided to read it. I don't really know why it did not grab me, I think the names and the halting language it was written in put me off. I just could never got into it. I felt every page and I never connected with the Characters, they stayed dull never quite getting the glow that happens when you become part of the story. I wish I could say I enjoyed it more than I did, as I have read some very good ...more
Carolyn Mck
Jan 05, 2016 Carolyn Mck rated it liked it
This charming tale is set in Spain, where the Australian born novelist lives. The village of Higot is in the backblocks – but the mayor thinks that inventing a tourist attraction may revive its fortunes. He decides that people falling asleep (at their jobs, in the street, in the cafes) will pull in the curious – and it does. But is this newfound notoriety really what people want? This is fun!
Wendy Orr
Aug 20, 2016 Wendy Orr rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful tale of El Gordo, the narrator and obese mayor of a tiny Spanish village, in some period during Franco's reign. We follow his learning to love books and the English language, and his eventual introduction to sexual and romantic love as he tries to save his town from economic extinction, all narrated perfectly in his somewhat eccentric English.
Jun 25, 2013 Tegs rated it did not like it
Neither my father nor I could finish this book, it was so bad, and I'm not one to give up on a book. Slow moving, uneventful, uninspiring. Totally devoid of interest. Can't believe the average rating for this book is so high!
Jacinta Sheridan
Feb 15, 2013 Jacinta Sheridan rated it really liked it
A lovely, gentle read that has truly thought provoking moments.
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