- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (5 Jan. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349105847
- ISBN-13: 978-0349105840
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Travels In A Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile Paperback – 5 Jan 1995
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lively and sympathetic...Sara Wheeler is very well worth reading. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
a perceptive and entertaining account. (NEW STATESMAN AND SOCIETY)
a thorougly enjoyable book with plenty of humour. (TODAY)
Chance meetings and planned visits are described with enough imagery and dialogue to make you pack your rucksack before finishing the book. (NORTHERN ECHO)
The most authorative book available on Chile, now updated with a new 5,000-word introduction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I'd say it was. Sara Wheeler writes well. She's humorous but not jokey. She's thoughtful but not pedantic. She gives us social and historical background without becoming boring, didactic or turgid. It's very entertaining, interesting and a pleasure to read.
It's not a Guide Book. Buy one with "Guide" in the title for that. It's not even a book to guide you to Chile. It's only just a book about Chile at all. Like many books of this type, it is about the author and her reactions and reflections on being who she is wherever it is she happens to be. Of course, along the way we are told a good deal about Chile. I particularly liked the even-handed way she dealt with the Allende-Pinochet period. This is still central to Chilean life, so it was important to get it right and I believe she did. I also like her "coming out" in her admission that she does not like the poems of Chile's cultural patron saint, Pablo Neruda. She even decides she doesn't like him as a man. But she does nevertheless understand and acknowledge his importance and status in Chilean life.
I'd like to have been able to subtract another half-star.Read more ›
Despite being an account of her travels from the early 90s, you still get a strong sense of the intricacies of the different populations and the Chilean climate through the author's insightful and witty writing. She meets a multitude of people, both Chileans and foreigners, all of whom are depicted vividly and her opinion of them presented candidly. You're drawn into her own personal adventure and maybe she could reveal more, maybe that's just me being nosey. Who knows?
It's a great piece of thoughtful and well observed travel writing. After reading this book, I cannot wait to go to Chile.
Sara Wheeler is a remarkable, erudite, compassionate and gutsy woman. She had finished her first book Evia: Travels on an Undiscovered Greek Island (Tauris Parke Paperback) and saw another "main chance." Pinochet, the General that was part of the coup that overthrew Allende in 1973, was finally moved out of office. So, at the age of 30, in 1990, she decided to see and experience Chile, top to bottom, geographically, and in terms of social classes as well. Within the overall plan, and some sub-plans, she took advantage of especially appealing situations when they developed, and she lingered.Read more ›
The other thing which is striking is the better than thou attitide she displays to other travellers in Chile, she decides not to experience many of the highlights of the gringo trail through Chile such as torees del paine, as she isnt fond of nanging around other gringo backpackers, the excuse she gives is that she has somehow managed to get herself onto a cargo ship north, which is in fact a main route north for backpackers, of course once the captain of the ship finds out she is a journalist he offers to remove her from the confines of the other squalid backpackers, and so on.
Chile is an amzing country and one of the best places to travel on earth, this book certainly is insightful, but theres much more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still going through it
I am still make up my mind. It is a travel guide and not a a fiction
I bought this as a present for my husband, at his request, so the comments are his. Sara Wheeler has the ability to make you feel that you want to visit there.Published on 11 Oct. 2013 by Jenny H
.. and I wish I was. Visiting in my mind the out of way places, stumbling across all manner of opportunities or distractions - that's what travel is all about.Published on 6 July 2013 by Kathleen Macey
this really was an was an excellent book - brilliant writing and very informative. I would recomment it to my friends.Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Mrs A C Wood
I was lucky enough to grow up in Chile, and the author who only spent a short time there has managed to capture and understand this beautiful and complex country. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by S.A. Richards
Many of us have pottered around different parts of the globe in our younger years and met assorted people, variously interesting or boring; I should have hoped that some sort of... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by Giraldus Cambrensis
Very well written, covering diverse subjects, the book gives a good insight into chile, a worthwhile read before visiting the country.Published on 15 Dec. 2012 by mrs c a r grazebrook