Item description for What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak by David Schweidel & Robert Boswell...
Overview In 1937, Doc Noss--part-adventurer, part-conman--discovered fabulous treasure inside the caverns of New Mexico's Victorio Peak. He dynamited the tunnel to hide the treasure from other treasure hunters. At least that's what he said happened. Decades later his grandson decides to find that treasure. He found money and support to follow his dream and overcome many obstacles--bad weather, broken equipment, the Army, and Congress. But Victorio Peak would not give up its treasure.
In 1937, Doc Noss—part-adventurer, part-conman—and his wife Babe discovered fabulous treasure inside the caverns of New Mexico’s Victorio Peak. They dynamited the tunnel to hide the treasure from other treasure hunters. At least that’s what they said happened. Babe’s grandson Terry Delonas grew up listening to his grandmother’s magical stories about her dead husband and Victorio Peak. Her stories were his legacy. In the 1980s, Terry, a gay man, tested positive for HIV. He decided that searching for Victorio’s lost treasure was the only dream that would give his life meaning. With his grandmother’s grit and her gift for talking her way through tough places, he found money and support to follow his dream and overcome many obstacles—bad weather, broken equipment, the army, Congress, and other fortune hunters. But Victorio Peak, that inscrutable and mysterious mountain, would not give up its treasure.
"This book’s truth is…not about gold, but a tale (history, fiction, philosophy, and authorial intervention). That is why the book’s incomplete title (“What men call treasure…the gods call dross”) is so poignant: It is the story, in all its complications, winding paths, claustrophobia, and sometimes frustrating dead ends, that is the true wealth." —San Antonio Current
Robert Boswell, an acclaimed novelist, is the author of seven books, most recently Century’s Son (Picador, 2003). His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and other magazines. He shares the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, novelist Antonya Nelson.
David Schweidel, who grew up in El Paso on the Mexican border, remembers feeling like an anthropologist long before he knew what an anthropologist was. His first novel, Confidence of the Heart, won the 1995 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. He lives in Berkeley with his wife Linda and works at the University of California.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2008
Publisher Cinco Puntos Press
ISBN 1933693215 ISBN13 9781933693217
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More About David Schweidel & Robert Boswell
David Schweidel grew up in El Paso, Texas, three miles from the Mexican border. He remembers feeling like an anthropologist long before he knew what an anthropologist was. His first novel, Confidence of the Heart, won the Milkwood National Fiction Prize in 1995. Currently, he lives in Berkeley with his wife Linda and works at the University of California.