"Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings..."
THIS IS a short book with a simple message – easily summarized as "Obey these rules about money, and you will make it."
That doesn't do the book justice, however. It was written in the 1920s in the style of an ancient classic. So you can almost believe it was dug up after a few thousand years, and translated by a poverty-stricken archaeologist who published it because he appreciated the timelessness of its message. And this feel is exactly what Clason intended.
The Richest Man in Babylon is very easy reading. The book is arranged as a series of parables populated by characters who give the stories both continuity and narrative form. You're not being directly instructed; you get to draw your own conclusions.
Rarely has anything been written which tells people in such an agreeable way how they can make a sensible practical difference to their future financial well-being.