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Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com PinkMonkey Literature Notes on . . . Mountains Beyond Mountains The Quest of Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder 2003 MonkeyNotes Study Guide by Diane Clapsaddle Reprinted with permission from TheBestNotes.com Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved Distribution without the written consent of TheBestNotes.com is strictly prohibited. 1 TheBestNotes.com Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved. No further distribution without written consent.
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Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTING Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Cange, Mirebalais, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Lima, Peru; Tomsk, Siberia, Russia; Paris, France from 1982 through 2003. CHARACTER LIST MAJOR CHARACTERS Paul Farmer - Obviously the heart of the book, Farmer is an amazing individual whose shoes can be filled, but who can never be imitated. He has devoted his life to what he calls the long defeat. The odds of Haiti ever completely changing from a poor country are astronomical, but Farmer believes he must try to win. Tracy Kidder - He is the author of the book, but ever-present in it. He documents all the experiences he has with Paul Farmer from 1994 through 2003 while researching the other years of his work in Haiti and around the world. Ophelia Dahl - The daughter of the actress Patricia Neal and the writer Roald Dahl, Ophelia is a great success in her own right. She begins to work with Paul in Haiti, falls in love with him, and then continues her work with him as his great and abiding friend. She is the one who makes the managerial side of Partners In Health work. Jim Yong Kim - A Korean-American doctor, he becomes entranced by the work Paul is doing in Haiti. He works alongside him for several years and then begins his own clinics to try to control the TB epidemic in Peru. He comes to like the political side of world health care and eventually becomes the senior advisor to the director of the World Health Organization in 2003. MINOR CHARACTERS Didi Bertrand - She is Farmer’s wife and mother of his daughter Catherine. She lives in Paris and studies for own degree and bears up under the disadvantage of having a husband whom she seldom sees. Jean-Bertrand Aristide - He is the former priest who became the president of Haiti. He is admired by Farmer and is his friend. His intentions are to pull Haiti out of poverty. Jorge Pérez - He is the Cuban doctor who is head of the health services there. Farmer sees him and his program as a great model for how health care can be made available even for the poor. Soros - His foundation helps obtain money for the Russian anti-TB program. John - He is the little boy who dies even though the doctors and care givers at Zanmi Lasante do everything they can to get him to Boston in time for treatment that may save his life. He is a symbol of all the poor in Haiti who usually never have a chance, because of the poverty which hold them in its grip.
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