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Tracy Kidder

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Tracy Kidder

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Perspective and Narrator

Mountains Beyond Mountains recounts Dr. Paul Farmer's quest to bring modern, lifesaving medicine to the world's most impoverished people. It is told in the first person from the perspective of author and narrator Tracy Kidder, who researched and witnessed Farmer's work.


Mountains Beyond Mountains is told primarily in the past tense, with the exception of Chapter 26 in which the author uses the present tense to recount his last visit with Paul Farmer in Haiti.

About the Title

The title Mountains Beyond Mountains comes from a Haitian proverb: "Beyond mountains there are mountains." Mountains are a metaphor for problems in life. When one problem is solved, another appears behind it. As with mountains, there will always be more problems. Mountains also may be seen as a metaphor for the inexhaustible opportunities life offers.


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