Last Updated on May 9, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 250
The Last Guru is a wish-fulfillment fantasy in which Harold Blatz, an otherwise ordinary boy who likes to build model boats and who generally keeps to himself, has the ability to quickly earn huge amounts money. It takes money to make money, and at first he must work very hard to earn his initial stash of cash, though it does not take him long to realize that he has the dual gifts for knowing where best to invest and for choosing the best people to help him make these investments. He soon acquires great power as he becomes the third richest human being on Earth. Despite this vast fortune, he remains the same modest, compassionate, and good-hearted person whose favorite hobby is building models and who wants to help people when he can.
Not only does The Last Guru invite readers to fantasize that that are Harold Blatz, ordinary person, who can do miraculous things with money, it is also a pointed social satire. How money is earned and how it is spent is just part of what is satirized; the title of the novel conjures up the themes of gurus and pointless fads of spirituality as additional targets for Pinkwater's satirical wit. Harold is, after all, the reincarnated spirit of Dimdap Kram'ba, "the founder of the Silly Hat sect thousands of years ago." Using his money and the wisdom of the Silly Hat Order, Harold sets not only America but the world on the right course toward spiritual fulfillment.
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