The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America [Paperback]

Ernesto "Che" Guevara
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $9.99  
Library Binding --  
Paperback CDN $13.36  
Paperback, 1996 --  
Audio, CD --  

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

Product Description

Book by Ernesto Che Guevara

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars che as a human Dec 18 2001
By A Customer
this is one of the best things i have ever read. it's che guevara as a human being, a young man, before he became a political figure and a romaticised icon. no, it's not a marxist book per se, it's not even very political. but it's not supposed to be 'das kapital' -- it's che's journals, his thoughts, feelings, observations on his journey through south america at 23 and the adventures, people, and day-to-day hardships he and his friend alberto faced. though it does show how his political views were developed, i don't even think that's the most important thing. the really great thing about this book is that it lets the reader into che's mind -- and heart -- not only as a revolutionary but as a human being. ten million stars.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars just amazing ! Jan. 23 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
the first story about the future revolutionary ernesto guevara aka che.
that motorcycle diaries with his friend Alberto help you understand why he became che !
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Feb. 19 2012
An amazing book. It's time for people to stop looking at Che Guevara like a murderer and start looking at him as a soldier--he had an idea to benefit humanity, and unfortunately he had to physically fight (by means of guerrilla warfare) to get his message across. In a totalitarian-capitalist country, you can't simply just write an essay to get your message across, you have to make your movement physical so all will be aware of what you're fighting for. This book describes a change in life, and is recommended for everyone.
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In his own words June 9 2004
Felix Rodriguez, an anti-Castro Cuban who was sent to assasinate Che, said he was a fascinating man he wanted to know better and felt sad at having to hunt him. He protested at Che's execution.
With that insight, I eagerly read The Motorcycle Diaries. They are very well written, amazingly entertaining, witty and occasionally insightful and the translation is not only excellent, but well-referenced where terms are transliterated.
Personally, I wound up detesting the little troll. He and his friend masqueraded as experts on leprosy, which they milked for guest space and food. They stole liquor, whined about hospitality until they got even better fare and generally were locusts on the local economy. Che complains mightily about bureaucracy and control that keeps him from his wants (The lack of border stops some places, which made it harder to cadge rides from passing trucks), yet makes a point of mentioning his illegally carried revolver and knife that he smuggled through other border checkpoints (and heck, who wouldn't, when traveling like that?). In other words, "If I want it, it's good government. If I don't, it's bad." The true moral dishonesty of the Latin communist comes through.
And yet...he was honest enough to preface the book with a note that it represented only a momentary view of his life at that time and place. He didn't edit out any of the bad. The contrast and complexity is fascinating, and I'll have to find more to read about a no doubt highly intelligent man.
Love him or hate him, the book is honest in its documentation and pulls no punches. It's a great period piece, a great low-budget travelog, and a journal of a young, brilliantly stupid college punk like lots of us were. I can't recommend it highly enough. If you want to understand the Latin communists or Che, you must read this.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the Road Aug. 14 2003
Che's Motorcycle Diaries is a non-politicized odyssey around South America, full of comical high jinks and adventure. The 23 year old, pre-revolutionary Che is a talented travel writer with an abundance of humor and an observant eye for the human condition. The Motorcycle Diaries reflects intimate insight of the young man who would one day become a legend.
Praise needs to go to Ann Wright, the translator, who maintained the integrity of the Diaries.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming April 22 2009
journal of a road trip. Wonderful descriptions of the places and people visited in South America, as well as a little bit of history of goings on during that time. Definite glimpses of Che's first realizations about poverty and its injustices, which led to his later quest for which he is famous. Writing is charming, warm and comical at times.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Rider goes Marxist March 9 2004
It is a beautiful thing to see the political awakening of a young man. And it becomes even more notorious when we know that this man will be a true revolutionary years later.
'The Motorcycle Diaries' is the account of a journey made by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado throughout South America in early 1950's. Beginning as a pair of youngsters' journey, this trip become more a self-discovering journey having as background the impoverished and exploited, but above all, not well known America.
As most young people, Che and Granado had late-adolescent angst and trying to find a relief they went in a journey in the heart of South America, trying to find what was beyond their middle-class homes. What they find out was much more than what they were expecting to: poor people, with almost no conditions of living, consumed by diseases and being exploited and ignored by the government and the system.
It is a joy to see Che transforming from almost a brat into a real man of value, fulfilled with social and political conscience, caring for the poor and sick people. At first, he and his friends are only two guys who want to be on the road and learn about the world. But little did they know how was this world they were about to learn about.
Nearly the end, Che is another completely different person. He, now, has social and political thoughts --almost Marxist ideas -- about the world we live in and how South America has been systematically exploited throughout the years.
Sometimes painfully funny, sometimes extremely sad 'The Motorcycle Diaries' is a pleasant read, written with heart and soul, by someone who was destined to be big, a person who was destined to change and touch the lives of thousands --as Che did indeed.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category