The Taste of Many Mountains- Book Review

The Taste of Many Mountains

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Author: Bruce Wydick


Plot: This book is about the coffee market, that is the process of coffee production in Guatemala and the free trade market. In the book we follow the story of a few graduate students who work on a project on how the money is distributed throughout the different stations in the process of coffee production.

The whole book is more economics than about being a book of fiction. The story focuses a lot on the economy and the people in Guatemala that are producing the coffee. The book itself in this regard is much closer to an actual account than a fictional book. The economic theory is, in a sense, predominant throughout the story.

As an economics student, I actually enjoyed that, but for people who are not as familiar with economics terminology this might be a throw off. On the other hand, I feel like even for those people, it will be an enjoyable read, and the content of the book will be fairly easy to understand, even without a background in economics.

Characters: The characters in this book come from several diverse backgrounds (European, American, Guatemalan), which effects their view of the free trade coffee market. Personally, I feel like there are people in the book, like Angela who are looking at real economics, statistics and numbers and others, like Alex who are more interested in normative economics and the humanitarian aspect of the coffee market. In general though, all the characters offer a different perspective on free trade, and that adds value to the book.

Overall, the book is a very easy and enjoyable read. But, for people who are not interested in books about economics, or in books that are closer to being real-life accounts, then this might not be a good choice for them. Nevertheless, the book is very well-written, the language is beautiful and very easy to follow, and it is undoubtedly a very pleasant read. The book gives quite an accurate depiction of the relationship between the rich and the poor countries and people, and it offers great inside on the coffee market.Although I enjoyed this book, I wouldn’t say it was my cup of tea, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up.

Ps. I am still on a break, this book review was meant to be uploaded before a certain date. I will be back officially in 9 days!


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