THE POOR MAN'S PRAYER by George Boyle

THE POOR MAN'S PRAYER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A certain sentimental eloquence for the story of Alphonse Desjardins, the French Canadian humanitarian of the early 20th century. From a background of poverty he was never to forget, and after the loss of his job as a political recorder and a long illness, Desjardins got the idea of a working man's credit society, started his first caisse populaire with a deposit of ten cents. As the idea spread, and the funds in this communal savings bank accumulated, Desjardins met the skepticism of his wife, the criticism of others, but finally with religious and civil backing, secured the legislation to protect his bank, and within his lifetime these credit unions spread to other communities, other countries, and Desjardins was accorded the respect and recognition he deserved. A praise-worthy story, to which the handling is not always equal.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1950
Publisher: Harper