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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signal Books Ltd (4 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190495538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904955382
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Moss was born in Lancashire and after studying Theology and English Literature at King's College, London and Liverpool University, he went to live in Buenos Aires. After six years working as a teacher, he began to write for the local English-language daily, the Buenos Aires Herald, and filed stories on arts and culture in Argentina for the UK and US press. He also helped set up a magazine for the homeless, Hecho en Buenos Aires, and wrote and co-edited Time Out guides to Buenos Aires and Patagonia.

On returning to the UK in 2001 after a decade overseas, he realised most editors wanted to send him back to Buenos Aires. He has returned to Argentina many times and has also been to every South American country at least once, and to Central America and the Caribbean several times too. His travel writing, for Wanderlust, the Daily Telegraph and Financial Times, among others, has also taken him to Kamchatka, Altai, Greenland and South Georgia, as well as every corner of Spain - his preferred short-haul escape. Between trips he has worked on the staff of the Daily Telegraph and Time Out magazine, London. He has contributed to more than twenty guidebooks, as editor and/or writer and has been awarded prizes by the Latin American Travel Association, Visit England and the British Travel Press Awards.

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A fiercely intelligent book . . . provides a comprehensive history of one of the world's most tenaciously remote areas.
-- Irish Times

Likely to remain for many years the most thorough and best possible introduction to this intriguing region. -- Daily Telegraph

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A fiercely intelligent book . . . provides a comprehensive history of one of the world's most tenaciously remote areas.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Artemistica on 25 Jan 2012
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This book I would recommend to any reader who wants more from travel than the cost of eating out, hotel recommendations and nightlife. This is my kind of book which actually enters the spirit of place, even if it appears to nearly all writers as being devoid of life, barren and hostile. All the same, there is a spiritual or mystical element in nothingness and humans can react to this whether positively or negatively. I was impressed by the number of historical and modern suicide cases connected with the solitude and /or boredom resulting from an extensive and uninterrupted existence in Patagonia's most isolated areas.
The chapters were arranged out of sequence so that the reader could pick any one at will- as I did, according to preference. All the chapters were extradinarily well-researched and led one to other references of writers, film-makers, music etc to follow-up a personal extension of the book- The bibiography was great too in this respect. Heartily enjoyable. I'd like to read other titles in this collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Silvia Fiore on 20 Aug 2010
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Definitively a good book, mainly concentrated on the history of Patagonia from a British perspective.
It gives a good idea about the cultural and natural environment of the past and also on more recent time.
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By mrs s griffin on 13 Dec 2014
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intresting book
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gordon McIntosh on 21 Mar 2011
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Yes, as a former friend of Mr CP Moss, BD, AKC, MA I can advise you that Chris escaped the Imperial grips of Burtonwood, USA and excelled a journey (via the proverbial tap on the shoulder at Kings to join MI6) which would deliver us this momentous work. No longer a student of divinity Chris would none the less appreciate the words of CG Jung in recognition of the Domuyo volcano 'as above, so below'.
Or in the words of Molly Massey.... ' Has thy been wearing them black bags', to which could only be replied ....' Barry BoneEd'.
I've yet to read the book, so this preamble is my excited a-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n.....
My review will follow.

And it has. A Journey through the 'I'. An arrogant, self indulgent trip. In this the 30th anniversary of Thatchers arrogant besieging of the Falklands, this Cheshire Lad needs exposure for all his efforts in betraying this region.
He speaks in Poetry, whilst betraying the indiginous people. Shame on thee lad. Ye Sold Out. I should've realised when you called an MOD plod 'Sir'.

Rebel Rebel.... I think NOT!
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Patagonia: A Cultural History 26 Oct 2012
By R. Tolhurst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book particularly for people who have been to Patagonia (yes, probably on a group tour or tours, like me!), and who return home wanting to know more about where they've been and what they've seen. The history, exploration, and indigenous people. This book will probably tell you.

But it's not a travel book; it won't tell you where to go, and there are few illustrations.

The Kindle version is also not very well rendered. Quite commonly words are (inexplicably) split into two; thus for example 'publish' might appear as 'pub lish'.
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BAD EDITING 16 Jan 2014
By Guy Woelk - Published on Amazon.com
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AN INTERESTING READ; BUT MORE FOCUSED ON PATAGONIA'S HISTORY (BACK TO THE 1500'S) THAN I HAD ANTICIPATED. THAT SAID, IT'S QUITE POSSIBLE THAT THERE IS NOT A GREAT DEAL TO SAY ABOUT CURRENT PATAGONIA, WHICH APPEARS A RATHER DULL, SOMEWHAT LIFELESS PLACE, OWING ITS ALLURE PURELY TO ITS GEOGRAPHY. THE BOOK IS PROBABLY TOO LONG, BUT IT IS WELL WRITTEN. BE WARNED, HOWEVER, THAT THIS E-BOOK IS BADLY EDITED, OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE AWARDED FOUR STARS. EVERY PAGE HAS AT LEAST ONE INSTANCE, SOMETIMES SEVERAL, OF SINGLE WORDS BECOMING TWO WORDS (FOR EXAMPLE, "TENTATIVELY" BECOMES TEN TATIVELY, "PATAGONIA" BECOMES PATAGO NIA, AND SOMETIMES PATAG ONIA); IN THE FIRST HALF OR SO OF THE BOOK "T"S GET LOST, THEREFORE "THE" BECOMES "HE", AND "THUS" BECOMES "HUS", WHICH REALLY DETRACTS FROM THE ENJOYMENT OF THE READING EXPERIENCE.
I work in tourism travelling in Patagonia. I give ... 22 Nov 2014
By julio llanos - Published on Amazon.com
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I work in tourism travelling in Patagonia. I give this book to my groups as complementary reading since it includes 90% of what we visit.
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