Los pobres

Los pobres

Una fascinante investigacin sobre la pobreza a partir del contacto directo con los pobres de medio mundo. Porque fui malo en mi vida anterior Porque Allah as lo ha querido Porque los pobres no hacen nada para salvarse Porque es mi destino Estas son algunas de las respuestas a la pregunta planteada por William T. Vollmann en ciudades y pueblos de todo el mundo Por qu eres po Una fascinante investigacin sobre la pobreza a partir del contacto directo con los pobres de ...

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Title:Los pobres
Author:William T. Vollmann
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Poor People
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Edition Language:Spanish
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Los pobres Reviews

  • Dennis
    Apr 28, 2007
    What better way to pontificate on both poverty at the global level and the individual level than travel the world talking to poor people and asking them why they are poor? Vollmann indeed does exactly that. Poor People is an easily readable book. For those of you seeking anecdotes f...
  • Geoff
    Aug 24, 2012
    Why are some people rich and other people poor? Do you consider yourself poor? Why are you poor? Do the rich have any obligation to the poor? These are a few of the questions Vollmann asked of an array of people he encountered or sought out around the world. All of the people ...
  • Chazzbot
    Jun 16, 2015
    One's opinion of this book will depend a great deal on how much credit one is willing to grant to Vollmann's intent and his occasionally distracting style of conversational writing. This is not a journalistic essay (Vollmann states this early on), nor a policy piece, though there are e...
  • Lesley
    Aug 26, 2007
    Vollman writes like a poet. He says things well-mannered people don't say--but they do think: Poor people are always sick, they're clumsy, they have bad luck, they make bad decisions, they don't smell good, they live in disgusting hovels. He removes the veil of liberal guilt that censo...
  • Maggie
    Jun 24, 2008
    I don't really know what I think about this book. Perhaps reading it while PMSing was not the best choice because it sent me into a wee bit of a philosophical crisis. I didn't finish the book because of the feelings it was bringing up in me. He spends time with impoverished people from...
  • Jason
    Sep 17, 2008
    This was an excellent and eye-opening picture of poverty throughout the world. I hesitate to say that I enjoyed the book, taking the subject matter into account, but it was very enlightening and I am glad that I read it. The distinctions between different levels of poverty that we ...
  • Thom
    Oct 02, 2008
    Ths is Vollmann's own travelogue series of interviews with poor people all over the globe. I began reading this in August with a view toward the November 2008 election and it just reduces me to tears sometimes because the kinds of suffering offered here are so unbelievably balanced by ...
  • Jonathan
    Aug 18, 2017
    WTV asks questions that need to be asked, in a manner that inspires and provokes, but without the arrogance to pretend to provide any answers. There is a recognition of his failures, of the impossibility of a "fix", of the chasm between his experience of "the poor" and their experi...
  • Natali
    Dec 07, 2008
    This is a hard book to read. It is like stopping yourself as you step over a homeless person and taking the time to get to know him/her. Why are they there? What do they think of their plight? Why are some people more fortunate than others? William T. Vollmann traveled the world and ta...
  • Jessica
    Sep 30, 2011
    So, is it me or does this author rub anyone else the wrong way. At best he comes off as a pretentious hipster at worst a condescending jerk. I really found his writing style insufferable. Probably the best example I can cite is when he is describing a subject he is interviewing. The st...
  • mandy
    Feb 28, 2008
    While not the sociological inquiry that more rigorous (read: academic) minds might require to be satisfied, I appreciate Vollman's reflections and noodlings on the concept of poverty. He is aware that he is open to accusations of 21st-century Levi-Strauss-ism, which in my opinion excus...
  • Ben Gran
    Apr 19, 2008
    I didn't even finish this one. Fascinating premise (author travels the developing world, interviewing impoverished people and asking them, "why are you poor?"), but the writing was dense and overdone. Lots of navel-gazing, lots of focus on the writer's own internal monologue and person...
  • Jimmy
    Sep 19, 2008
    Who's intellectually well-equipped enough to define poverty? The answer is; no one. Who should we consult when this question begs at all of us, even the most reasonable? Maybe William T. Vollmann? Maybe base curiosity is the best sensibility to have when asking this question? So many q...
  • Ashley
    Feb 10, 2010
    I was so interested in the premise of this book - a worldwide exploration of why people are poor. The poverty Vollman relates is shocking, but I was continually distracted by the writer as the narrator. It was ok towards the beginning if a little haphazard, but towards the end I felt l...
  • James
    Sep 25, 2012
    Rambling, unfocused, disorganized, cynical at times and narcissistic, Vollmann seems more interested in putting himself between the reader and the ?poor person? being interviewed. Shallow and fragmented, I was expecting something more along a Studs Terkel treatment; this was Stud T...
  • =====D
    Nov 05, 2012
    As W. Vollmann travels the world to meet poor people, his interest never strays far from how he felt about this or that. It becomes quickly obvious that the "poor people" who are the supposed subject of this book are nothing more than a vehicle for the author to examine his aching cons...
  • Ellie
    Jan 07, 2011
    This is a fascinating read. William T. Vollmann travelled around the world asking people in poverty why they thought they were poor. The answer? Poor People. Impossible to summarize as the answers are as numerous & personal as human beings themselves are. The answers seem shape...
  • Dalya
    Feb 09, 2013
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  • Nancy
    Jul 25, 2018
    I was under the impression that this was a "landmark" book about poverty around the world. The author bills the book as such in the dustjacket and introduction. He claims to have traveled around the world and interviewed people living in impoverished conditions. I read the first ch...
  • Paul
    Aug 18, 2018
    Vollmann is a bit of an enigma, but one thing that certainly can be said is that he has travelled a great deal in his various roles and taken copious notes. This work is told in the first person, so Vollmann manages to keep the focus off himself when he chooses to, but he has a clear f...
  • Ian "Marvin" Graye
    Aug 19, 2017
    Every Homeless Man a Hipster('s Dream) ...in which, typically, the author travels the world in search of vindication of his desk-bound preconceptions. Come On, Feel the Mitsein Nothing needs to be done about poor people (or the underpaid and unpaid), because, when confronted b...
  • Sosen
    Jun 07, 2011
    It's possible that William T. Vollmann enjoys writing more than any person on earth. He also loves journalism; however, he claims to be a terrible journalist. If this is true, then I say journalism is a joke! Vollmann brings more passion to his subjects than anybody writing non-fiction...
  • Edward
    Apr 14, 2016
    Introduction Income Table Dictionary --Poor People Sources Acknowledgments Photographs ...
  • Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
    Jan 05, 2013
    ?Why are some people rich and other people poor?? -- Mr. Vollmann "Daddy, how does a person get to be like that man?" -- Ms. Dice The two questions are quite close. Why is it that....? How does it come about that....? Yet the positions of the questioners and respondents are...
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    Nov 05, 2012
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  • Connor
    Nov 09, 2015
    Vollmann is surely one of the sharpest, most well-read people I've ever come across. He balances Montaigne, Aristotle, and Adam Smith while interviewing prostitutes, homeless people, and vagrants, all of whom he could consider his friends. His ability to contextualize/juxtapose the ...
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    Oct 20, 2013
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  • Jengordon
    May 07, 2017
    A little dated, and something of a disappointment in the way that it focuses on the poor of other countries, where they are very easily "othered." That said, Vollmann writes an eye-opening/mind-opening log of encounters with, well, poor people. In doing so, he creates an extended medit...
  • David M
    Sep 11, 2015
    (I did enjoy this book, but I think Vollmann's strengths as a novelist and journalist - his naive willingness to listen to other people no matter what they say - fail him as an essayist. To ask 'Why are some people poor?' is an inherently political question; it involves broader issues ...
  • Cody
    Apr 06, 2016
    The problem that I have with so-called or self-identified Social Justice Warriors is that they have an agenda?nominally, to right the wrongs of society as they perceive them. It?s not that I?m against equality for all, obviously, it?s that I, by default, have a problem with age...