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What am I Doing Here? (Picador Books) Paperback – 11 May 1990


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (11 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033031310X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330313100
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,855,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the last of Bruce Chatwin's works to be published while he was still alive (he penned the introduction in 1988, a few months before he died). It's a collection of Chatwin gems--profiles, essays, and travel stories that span the world, from trekking in Nepal and sailing down the Volga to working on a film with Werner Herzog in Ghana and travelling with Indira Gandhi in India. Chatwin excels, as usual, in the finely honed tale. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"As a writer he was unclassifiably interesting: lucid, ironic, cool. He seemed to owe nothing to anybody." (Colin Thubron Sunday Times)

"Chatwin is equally fascinating on places. He goes yeti-hunting in Nepal, and magnificently evokes the Himalayas' seductive harshness. He visits Afghanistan in the steps of his own favourite writer, Robert Byron, and reveals something no current news report ever succeeds in doing why anyone should want to spend time in that beautiful, tormented land...human existence at least as Chatwin sees it is gloriously open-ended, unpredictable and exotic" (Sunday Times)

"One of its chief delights is that it contains so many of its author'sbest anecdotes, his choicest performances" (Salman Rushdie Observer)

"I like the combination of its far-reaching quality and the minute precision with which his thoughts are charted" (Rose Tremain Sunday Times)

"All the writing in this volume demonstrates Bruce Chatwin’s loathing of the humdrum, the dreary, the predictable. What attracted him was the unusual, the weird and wonderful… the journalist in him (strongly present) knew a good story when it heard one" (Margaret Forster Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By soniaargaud@hotmail.com on 6 Jan 2002
Format: Hardcover
In an effort to leave a testifying legacy of his memories and mesmerizing knowledge, Mr Chatwin shares with the reader a careful selection of his numerous travels and adventures, which lead us with him to the beautiful and the bizarre.
The stories are cleverly intertwined with recollections of his encounters with key contemporary thinkers and personalities.
This gives him a platform to also reveal his vast erudition and to touch on cultural and philosophical reflections.
He may sometimes verge on a certain intellectual arrogance, but one can only forgive the precise writer and the well-travelled thinker.
My favourite story? His encounter with Andre Malraux. How about yours?
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 1999
Format: Paperback
A number of delightful short stories from one of our most erudite, charming and complex writers penned shortly before he died so tragically. Chatwin's immense spirit and unflagging interest in the World around him leap from the pages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By allenr on 28 Jan 2014
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In today's world, the 'art' of journalism just doesn't stand a chance of being written with such compelIng intensity of feeling.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.Customer on 17 Dec 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has really opened my eyes to parts of the world I haven't known. Chatwin's style is clear; I felt so involved in his journey. He is a brilliant travel writer and clearly a very very intelligent man
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fred bloggs on 10 Jun 2013
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I have not yet read the book but knowing it is written by Bruce Chatwin is a sufficient guarantee.
My only comment is about the condition of the book which I would describe as adequate and not 'good' as described by yourselves. Having a personal inscription on the inside page by whoever bought the book originally in 2002 downgrades its condition.
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