Money not only does not bring happiness, sometimes it destroys it, and I sometimes even think it is no less than the devil's invention . . . . The only way money can bring happiness is if it is used to do good and to help the lot of the less fortunate . . . That's why I take such a great interest in the problems and well-being of the people at the [sugar] mills, their education, their health.
Inevitably, the book also has some interesting insights into the economics and politics of the era, especially interesting for Cuban-Americans like myself. But the central message should interest all readers of all backgrounds: in the end, a life devoted to multiplying money ends with much loneliness, while the money often just disappears in the same way that life and health inevitably do. If that sounds sad (triste, in Spanish), it is because it is sad. For an NPR book review, click this link.