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The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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As well as an exhilarating travel account, The Robber of Memories is a moving meditation on the nature of forgetfulness and forgetting ... A triumph --Daily Telegraph
Jacobs s writing deploys a poetic ear and painterly eye to achieve ruminations akin to those of Coleridge wandering Lakeland... we reach the point that no travel book is supposed to reach, whereby the snake eats its tail: instead of breaking free into the wild he adores and does often find, Jacobs gives the lie to travel writing in this shrunken world conquered by mobile phones, contempt for nature and the plague of tourism --Observer
An utterly beguiling amalgam of travel journalism and family history --Spectator
Travel writing at its best... pulses with an elegiac, penumbral light --Independent
A profound and moving meditation on memory loss... Jacobs wears his erudition lightly, and has some amusing encounters along the way... Entertaining, touching and quixotic --Literary Review
About the Author
Michael Jacobs was born in Italy and studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. He is the author of several travel books, including Andes (Granta, 2010) and was shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook prize. He lives in Spain and London.
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To anyone who is thinking of going to Colombia, I say : "Go!" Leave your prejudices behind. It is a beautiful land; the people are warm, open and hospitable and it is safe. The present, and previous, governments of Presidents Uribe and Santos have moved heaven and earth to end the civil conflict, and it is happening now.
You will be safe......and stunned by the country!
This is a very successful set of ingredients, and forms a book that always holds the interest.
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