The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America Hardcover – May 17 1995
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Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara became Fidel Castro's chief lieutenant in the Cuban revolution, Cuba's minister for industry and later a guerrilla in Bolivia, where he was captured and executed in 1967. This high-spirited travel diary of Guevara's eight-month motorcycle journey across Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela as a 23-year-old medical student in 1951-52 mixes lyrical observation, youthful adventure and anti-imperialist political analysis. With a doctor friend as traveling companion, Guevara stows away on a cargo ship, explores Inca ruins, volunteers as a fireman, visits a leper colony and displays solidarity with miners and farm workers. Guevara's snide passing remarks targeting blacks, homosexuals and Jews reveal an unpleasant side of the countercultural icon. On balance, this candid journal, part self-discovery, part fieldwork, glimmers with portents of the future revolutionary.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'It's true; Marxists just wanna have fun.' Guardian 'Politically-correct revolutionary hero? Perhaps a few years later, but in this account Che Guevara comes over as one of the lads.' Bike News '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!this 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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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Praise needs to go to Ann Wright, the translator, who maintained the integrity of the Diaries.
'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.
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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 !
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2012 by Dr.Drone
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. Read morePublished on April 22 2009 by JoJoreviews
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. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Michael Z. Williamson
Excellent source of informtaion. A great story about Ernesto "Che" Guevara's travels through South America. Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by David Martin
If you are looking for a book dealing with Che's political views look elsewhere. However, if you want to read about Che in his formative years when his ideas were still taking... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002 by Blah
While reading "The Motorcycle Diaries" I kept waiting to come across the section that discusses the decisive moment when Che knew his fate or destiny was sealed as an "Emancipator... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2001 by Eddie Johnson Jr.
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