because i was bad in my last life.These are just some of the answers to the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asks in cities and villages around the globe: "Why are you poor?" In the tradition of James Agee's Let Us N...more
because allah has willed it.
because the rich do nothing for the poor.
because the poor do nothing for themselves.
because it is my destiny.
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Vollman's greatest asset is his approach. He uses a four-way mirror to "show" the poor people across the globe. This mirror is comprised of: Vollman's first-person reflections; his reportage...more
Vollman doesn't offer answers, or even necessarily insights. He simply observes. He observes the...more
William T. Vollmann is an erudite, complex writer. Most recently, he explored 20th-century authoritarianism in the National Book Award?winning Europe Central (***1/2 July/Aug 2005). Poor People raised inevitable comparisons to James Agee's and Walker Evans's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), about sharecroppers during the Depression. Yet Vollmann neither sentimentalizes nor romanticizes poverty. While some reviewers described Poor People as eye-opening and visionary, others criticized it as a...more
Poor People is an easily readable book. For those of you seeking anecdotes from poor people, this book is for you.
William T. Vollmann has been in the back of my subconscious for some five years now; he gets constantly name-dropped in New Yorker articles and other intellectual pieces, being as he is part of the intellectual establishment--a graduate of the famed 'Deep Springs College,' wherein individuals develop deep souls and writing talent. :p
this is my first Vollmann, so I'm not absolutely blown away with how impressive the writing is; it is certainly...more
وعبارة عن تنقل الكاتب بين عدد من الدول والمناطق الفقيرة من بلدان عربية وأجنبية
ورصد للشخصيات والمقابلات وهُناك ..والملامح والتصرفات والأسباب والروائح النتنة والعالم من المهمل من هذا العالم وحين يغدو الشخص بلا أهمية !وتبقى سؤال لماذا نختلف في أهميتنا كأشخاص لما يُجرد البعض من منازلهم ويبقون في الشوارع للمجهول ولليالي السيئة ولا يعني أحد ,,وينام الآخرون وكأن لا أحد يتألم في هذا العالم
في نهاية الكتاب عدد كبير من الصور للأماكن والأشخاص
The answers seem shaped by location and culture, though, as well as by individual personality. Some answers? Karma, fate, political oppression, God's love/hate, personal failure, societal failure...the lists go on.
And along the way, Vollman...more
Ultimately, what I remember about this book is the author's continual reflections on himself, the drug use (I thought this book was about poor people?), and some random half-told sto...more
I've never read an ethnography like this. Vollmann is not restrained by the formula of academic wr...more
Instead of resisting the inevitable comparisons to James Agee & W...more
As for the people he interviewed, how much can we trust their reporting? Vollmann by his very nature is an outsider not only to their country's culture, but also to the culture of being poor. It's natural to conceal things from outsiders, and I think this is the greatest stumbling block, albeit one that cannot be avoided. (...more
Vollmann is an excellent investigator and writer and explains impoverished circumstances well. Above all, he is honest with himself. He admits his biases and his...more
I'm a fan of William T. Vollmann, and have been since I saw the famous gun-to-the-head photo of him in the now-defunct Icon Magazine. If you aren't familiar, he's the guy that wrote that seven volume treatise on the history of violence a couple years ago. In fact, this may be the first thing he's published since Rising Up and Rising Down.
Anyway, Bill traveled around the world and asked poor people why they thought they were poor, and recorded their answers....more
In the end, it made me know that I am, in fact, a rich person, and that I am probably a better human being for having read this book.