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Author: Jack Clifford Smith
ISBN: 0449225933
Language: English
Category: Essays & Correspondence
Publisher: Fawcett (September 12, 1975)
Rating: 4.3
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God and Mr. Gomez: Building a Dream House in Baja.

God and Mr. The simple concept evolves into a complex relationship between the Smiths, Mr Gomez, the end-cultural bridge and God. By the time the house is finished all three have been stressed to the max. This is a wonderful gift for anyone, especially someone wanting to build or refurbish that perfect getaway.

About Jack Clifford Smith: Smith was born in Long Beach on Aug. 27, 1916, grew up in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, and spent some time in the Civilian Co. .See if your friends have read any of Jack Clifford Smith's books. Jack Clifford Smith’s Followers (6). Jack Clifford Smith. in Long Beach, California, The United States.

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1916-08-27)August 27, 1916. Long Beach, California, . Smith was the author of 10 books, many of them based on his columns, and won the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' Distinguished Journalist award in 1981. Los Angeles Times Books.

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Jack Clifford Smith, American journalist, author. Served with United States Marine Corps, 1944-1945. Jack Smith has been delighting readers through his syndicated column for the Los Angeles Times and, more recently, rhrough such bestselling books as God and Mr. Gomez and Jack Smisth's . 98745/?tag prabook0b-20. ED00E/?tag prabook0b-20.

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by. Smith, Jack, 1916-1996. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. New York, Reader's Digest Press.

"A charming account of the building of a dream house in Baja California. Mr. Gomez, on whom all depends, is a delightful character-creation." --Clifton Fadiman

Their house took form, first in their imaginations, then on paper. Little things went wrong along the way.... The building site had a way of moving slightly each time they visited it, and by the time the foundation was laid, it had moved to the middle of the road. Gomez got around that by simply moving the road.

Fortunately, Gomez was always on hand to provide the solution, and the dream house was finally built. In the process, the Smiths came to accept Mr. Gomez's philosophy that all practical problems can be solved with a little time -- and a little tequila.

Jack Smith is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Comments (7)
Peras
Considered the ultimate story of building in Mexico even though written in the early 70s, I bought this book after also building a home in Mexico but on the Carribean side. I've now read three books of the experience of building in Mexico. My experience was much better but maybe because my architect was French. But my builder was Mexican and much of what he experienced, I experienced also. The rules and customs are just different. For example, if you have a meeting a 4:00, that means the hour of 4:00 so an arrival of 4:55 would be considered by the party as appropriate. Ask a Mexican for directions and you will get them. Even if they are not correct. They never admit they don't know.

Ok, it's difficult for some Americans to adjust. But where this book really is effective is describing the charm of the Mexican people. Where many Americans today stereotype Mexicans as poor people coming across the border, the truth is generally Mexicans are a incredibly generous, friendly, hard working people. The country has incredible beauty as well which is partially described in this book.

There are many other parts of Mexico to explore but this book is a great starting point. I strongly recommend this book because in Mexico, not much has changed since 1974.
Warianys
The story begins as Jack Smith, one of the best writers ever at the LA Times and his wife venture down to Baja in search of the perfect getaway. The simple concept evolves into a complex relationship between the Smiths, Mr Gomez, the promoter-builder-friend-cultural bridge and God. By the time the house is finished all three have been stressed to the max.

This is a wonderful gift for anyone, especially someone wanting to build or refurbish that perfect getaway. Also a wonderful bridge from the culture of the north to the pace of Baja.

Highly recommended, good used copies are scarce but a priceless addition to the library.
Cozius
I enjoyed this book. Building a vacation home on leased land in Baja is a modest adventure. Unlike the extreme adventure stories that inspire awe, but are difficult to relate to your own experience, this story describes the joys and sorrows, worries and triumphs and human connections that result from an adventure that is incorporated as part of a regular life. The writing is skilful and unpretentious and the story is told with humor and humility. Well worth reading.
Rainpick
I utterly enjoyed this charming book. Of course the fact that we, too, had a house built in Baja made it extra special for me to read.

It was a wonderful glimpse into Baja from about 40 years ago...and some things are different, while many seem the same.
Iaran
Bought this book upon recommendation of friends who had built in Mexico as we were doing. It is a good look into the culture and construction in Mexico, and helps with the adjustment to the trials and tribulations as well as the rewards of a project like building a casa south of the border.
Fordrellador
I was born in Mexico Jack Smith's understanding of our traditions and way of life if dead on, as I read the book I transported myself to Baja where I lived in my youth. I was fortunate to have met gentleman like Mr. Gomez, one of them was Don Jesus from Tijuana, he later became my father in law, and Don Fernando from Guerrero Negro, they too made many dealings just with "su palabra" their word of honor, indelible traits that form me as the man I am today.
Darkshaper
I have owned and enjoyed this book for years,this one was bought as agift.
If you want to get the feel of what living in Mexico is really like, this book is for you! Very entertaining and amusing! I lived in Mexico full time for 6 years and I guarantee this book tells it like it is. A must read for anyone thinking of retiring south of the border. Sometimes you aren't sure whether to laugh or cry!