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Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America Paperback – Oct 30 1996

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Verso (Oct. 30 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859840663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857023992
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,656,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Dec 18 2001
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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.
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In October I went to Cuba and began to learn a tremendous amount about Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Just before reading this book I read two other by him, Reminiscences of a Cuban Revolution and The Che Guevara Reader. If you want to know the man before the revolution, this is the book to read. It is a very interesting book. It is details his trip from his home in Argentina around much of South America. It reads at times like a travel guide which is what I suppose people would write in their travel diaries - what they see and what they thought. My favorite parts were when Guevara told what he thought of life and his experiences while on the road. He writes of the low opinion many people have of the indigenous populations, the exploitation of the land and the populace and the suffering he and his traveling companion endured. The are also very light moments of frivolity and fun. You truly get a sense of who he is and what he values. I was left wanting more, not for want of lack of description but because I wanted to know of who he was. He was a remarkable figure and an great writer. He paints quite a picture with his words.
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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.
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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.
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Click on the image of a young Che sitting in a pensive , relaxed posture as though he is daydreaming. The picture will reveal an image in your mind quite different from the familiar bearded face many have come to associate with Che. The youth and gaze in his eyes is reflective of the book in it's first hand portrayal of a young idealist. The roots of Che's radicalism, that evolved into his believing in Communism and fighting alongside Castro, in Cuba, began with what he saw on a trip he took through South America. His observations on the differences in social classes within various towns shows his astute vision and concern that eventually turned into action.The epic journey Che undetook with his friend is full of anecdotes, frolicking, humor and some keen observations. Setting out from Buenos Aires, Argentina with his best friend, Alberto Granadas, the two start out on a motorcycle along the Atlantic eventually arriving in Caracas , Venezuela. Prior to their departure the first-hand account talks about cutting ties and the lives they left behind . The narrative account makes for a small book that can be read in one sitting or so. In the small time invested an interesting portrait and adventure awaits the reader. The intimacy of the book is life taking the trip side saddle within Che's mind. Incidently, this book is being transformed for the big screen. The production for a soon to be released movie, directed by Brazilian Walter Salles, with young, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal("Y Tu MamaTambien" & 'Amores Perros") taking the lead role of Che. The book is entertaining and worthwhile for those interested in history and those that have shaped history.
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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 of the People". I finally arrived at that section titled "As An Afterthought" and recieved my answer. Prior to this section, it is wonderous time in this 23 year old life. He, basically threw his spirit to the wind and lived. I wonder if Che knew that all that he had seen and heard would eventually become instrumental in his descision to change the course of his destiny. I am a believer of one's destiny is decided upon by two entities. One being the Creator of All and you the person. This book is an excellent read. It is rumored that Robert Redford is working on a movie about this book. It will be interesting to see his depiction and interpretation of this man's early personal journey from the eyes, heart and soul of man who represents the place where distortion and reality is not a factor in making a truthful, factual, and informative movie. No one will be disappointed if they read this book. If you never thrown your spirit to wind you truly can not understand what this journey is really like. I was fortunate and able to do just that. What I saw will remain inprinted on my soul and psyche for the remaining days of my life. ...
Read this and enjoy
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