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The author gives context to the Lauje region and it’s people by explaining it in relation to the

economic problems of developing countries. At the beginning book we are introduced to Kasar,

a highlander who is struggling to make ends meet due to the failure of his transition from

subsistence farming to the growing of tree crops. Kasar is now being squeezed between his

need to harvest tree crops which net too low of an income to provide for his family, and his

inability to grow food due to all farmable land being covered with said tree crops. This is

directly related in context to the economic issues of most developing countries in that rural

peoples are migrating to centralized cities or giving up traditional forms of agrarian life only to

be faced with failure to adapt to the capitalist system. In the past, farmers like Kasar would

have been able to borrow money from merchants in order to purchase what he needed to

prosper in times of trouble. However, with merchants and money lenders now dependent on

loans from banks to do business, helping ones struggling neighbour no longer makes financial

sense to the realities of a capitalist economy.