Hilariously funny at times, grimly sad at others and elavened with perceptive insights into the ways of the people and with breathtaking descriptions of the Ecuadorian landscape.(St. Louis Post—Dispatch)
Moritz Thomsen's Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle was one of the first published accounts by a Peace Corps volunteer; it remains one of the best. And if you're going to just read one book on the topic, make it this one. It's realistic, painful, and somehow ennobling in its descriptions of Peace Corps life in Ecuador.(Nancy Pearl Book Lust to Go)
Underlying these descriptions were a message that they made him a better person.
This book, like his others, brings out the curmudgeonly appeal he had for me as a young girl playing in his courtyard.
Down to Earth and very detailed account of this man's experience in Ecuador in the 1960s as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Prior to joining the Peace Corps I read as many books about volunteers and their service as possible. This was one perspective and I found it to be an enjoyable read.Published 2 months ago by Joanne Nussbaum
great read, good insight to peace corps. gives a real life view into the experience of peace corps. I would recommend it.Published 7 months ago by skip keane
The book was almost new condition!!! I was very impressed with the seller and I am thoroughly enjoying reading Mr. Thomsen's story about his time in the Peace Corps! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Moritz Thomsen was a writer, a wordsmith, an artist with the English language. A great book for those who either served in the Peace Corps, wanted to but didn't, or were just... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Badgett
For anyone interested in the early Peace Corps experience in a Spanish-speaking nation, this book is insightful. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Lawrence F. Lihosit
"Living Poor" provided me with exactly what I was looking for... a voice that wasn't the overly-positive, typical Peace Corps novel... Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by WordsmithTroubadour
Travel writer and former Peace Corps volunteer Paul Theroux once cited Moritz Thomsen's Living Poor as a good portrait Peace Corps life. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by stoic
I just finished this book and couldn't believe I let it sit on my shelf for so long. I have been in the process for the PC for what seems like an eternity. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Wil