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Stranger Than… – The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey Paperback – 5 Feb 2007
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‘It’s true: Marxists just wanna have fun.’ Guardian
'What distinguishes these diaries is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress…one senses El Che's belief that determination and conviction can be enough to change one's self and others…a joy to read from start to finish.' Financial Times
'Political incorrectness galore…his book should do much to humanise the image of a man who found his apotheosis as a late Sixties cultural icon. It is also, incidentally, a remarkably good travel book about South America.' Scotsman
‘Politically-correct revolutionary hero? Perhaps a few years later, but in this account Che Guevara comes over as one of the lads.’ Bike News
From the Back Cover
ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA: "The enormity of our endeavor escaped us in those moments; all we could see was the dust on the road ahead and ourselves on the bike, devouring kilometers in our flight northward."
The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photographs taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara offering a highly insightful perspective on her father the man and the icon.
"A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, 'I' turned into 'we'." -- Eduardo Galeano
"Our film is about a young man, Che, falling love with a continent and finding his place in it." Walter Salles, Director of "The Motorcycle Diaries" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The Diaries are full of the misery of a hand-to-hand existence, where the daily struggle to find or talk their way into a meal is paramount. The logistical puzzle of how to get from A to B is also never far from the surface. These passages, where the beauty of the landscape is drawn, are some of the more memorable passages. So too the descriptions of villages, towns and ancient cities that the two friends encounter, especially in Peru.
Guevara is a fine writer, selecting expressions that assist us to see what he saw, to feel the poverty and guess at the squalor of existence that he saw on display along his journey. Clearly, this shaped Guevara's attitude. An important book, shorter than I had imagined, but well worth your time.
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