Don Quixote, U.S.A. Richard Powell

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Published: 1966

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280 pages


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Don Quixote, U.S.A.  by  Richard Powell

Don Quixote, U.S.A. by Richard Powell
1966 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 280 pages | ISBN: | 7.54 Mb

Arthur Peabody Goodpasture is the descendant of an old and respected Boston family. He has, however, been a disappointment to his family in several ways: In appearance he is insignificant looking both in face and figure- he went to the University of Florida instead of Harvard where his forbears had been mainstays of the varsity crew for generations, and he studied agriculture instead of pointing himself toward a career in banking, bonds, or law. To say the least he is not apparently the stuff from which heroes are fashioned.As an agricultural expert specializing in fruit farming, Arthur becomes a Peace Corps volunteer and is assigned to the Republic of San Marco in the Caribbean.

This weak-chinned Don Quixote soon acquires his Sancho Panza in the person of a rascally eleven-year-old boy, Pepe, who makes a bargain to be paid 400 pesos each time he saves Arthurs life. (The payments mount alarmingly!)The islands dictator thinks he can use Arthur to obtain military supplies with which to wipe out the band of guerillas in the hills who oppose his corrupt dictatorship.

Failing in this the dictator decides to murder Goodpasture and cause an international incident by blaming it on the guerillas. This, he reasons, will bring the U.S. in to help stamp out the rebels.This plan also backfires (with Pepes help, of course) and Goodpasture is taken prisoner and when they see he is a harmless eccentric he is appointed chief cook for the guerillas.

From then on Arthurs life becomes a series of misadventures through which he moves serenely and from which he generally emerges unscathed (again with Pepes assistance) until he surprisingly finds himself the guerillas leader.Following one of the funniest bloodless revolutions imaginable Arthur Peabody Goodpasture ends up as Arthur el Gavilan, the new dictator of San Marco. His strength was as the strength of ten because his heart was pure.



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