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Short Walks from Bogotá: Journeys in the new Colombia Kindle Edition

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Books of the Year 2012 (Boyd Tonkin The Independent)

Creates a portrait of Colombia that is perceptive, unsensational, and full of humanity ... Feiling is a brilliant reporter, lucid, unflinching, morally engaged, and with an occasional deadpan sense of humour .. one of the most consistently intelligent and compelling books to have appeared on any South American country in recent years (Michael Jacobs Independent)

Tom Feiling takes us on an enlightening journey through a changing country that few understand (Rachel Aspden Observer)

A deeply political account of one man's journey to the violent heart of modern, rural, Colombia ... a must read (Kevin Howlett Colombia Politics)

Feiling... venture[s] into areas that have been off limits for decades ... the sense of a vibrant nation worth discovering peeks out (Siobhan Murphy Metro)

The best British travel writers like Norman Lewis or Bruce Chatwin give the reader more than simple travellers' tales. Feiling is of their company ... a brilliant, penetrating and highly readable account (Robert Carver Spectator)

[Praise for The Candy Machine] The Candy Machine is highly addictive (Metro)

A vivid, argumentative, arresting book (Sunday Telegraph)

I've read a few documentary accounts of the rise of cocaine, and this might be the best of them. It's clear, sharp and solid. Very well told (Evening Standard)


For decades, Colombia was the 'narcostate'. Now travel to Colombia and South America is on the rise, and it's seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie?

Writer and journalist Tom Feiling, author of the acclaimed study of cocaine The Candy Machine, has journeyed throughout Colombia, down roads that were until recently too dangerous to travel, to paint a fresh picture of one of the world's most notorious and least-understood countries. He talks to former guerrilla fighters and their ex-captives; women whose sons were 'disappeared' by paramilitaries; the nomadic tribe who once thought they were the only people on earth and now charge $10 for a photo; the Japanese 'emerald cowboy' who made a fortune from mining; and revels in the stories that countless ordinary Colombians tell.

How did a land likened to paradise by the first conquistadores become a byword for hell on earth? Why is one of the world's most unequal nations also one of its happiest? How is it rebuilding itself after decades of violence, and how successful has the process been so far? Vital, shocking, often funny and never simplistic, Short Walks from Bogota unpicks the tangled fabric of Colombia, to create a stunning work of reportage, history and travel writing.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 279 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 024195990X
  • Verlag: Penguin (30. August 2012)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008K0X4NW
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Kolumbien ist von außen betrachtet ein Land voller Widersprüchlichkeiten. Um einen Einblick in dieses Land zu bekommen kann ich das Buch nur empfehlen.
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HASH(0x929ad714) von 5 Sternen Not great 7. Juli 2015
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This book has disappointed me and I gave up trying to read it after about 1/3. I found the tone patronising and cynical and this was backed up by the angles taken on various topics, such as simply dismissing the efforts of a Colombian woman (Marta) to talk up her country's culture and positives eg it's literature. He went on to dismiss Colombia's greatest cultural icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose contribution to journalism and literature are gigantic. Considering this book is meant to step into Colombia's skin to try and understand her current mood, I would have thought listening to her people and respecting the voice of its greatest writer would be a good idea. But no, he seemed more interested in his own opinions, judgements, experiences and journalistic investigations. I thought quite a lot about what was going wrong with this book and ultimately decided the author is stuck in his head in a country that has a deep heart. So I put the book down when it kept annoying me and picked up one by a Colombian - Oblivion by Hector Abad. It is remarkable, loving, tender, tragic and truly beautifully expressed. If you want to delve into the Colombian psyche, be guided by a Colombian.
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HASH(0x929adb40) von 5 Sternen the best contemporary book about Colombia 15. September 2013
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The title may be misleading but Feiling knows his stuff. You may not agree with the politics but as you will soon gather this is no average book on Colombia, cutting away at general travel chaff - and there's a lot out there - Feiling explores the politics through personal interviews, in depth research and what can only be described as a profound understanding of Colombia and a love of its people.
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HASH(0x929add68) von 5 Sternen Well-written insight into contemporary Colombia 9. Juli 2015
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If you're literally looking for short walks from Bogotá, you have arrived at the wrong place.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a deeper understanding of not just Bogotá but a sense of the history and circumstances that have led to the evolution of contemporary Colombia, you are in for a treat. Tom Feiling's outsider-in perspective is knowledgable, open-minded, perceptive and very well-written. There are traces on-and-off that hints at the author's personality, which is very welcome, but for the most part the writing is journalistic in nature and errs on the side of objectivity.

I really liked hearing anecdotes from people in various walks of Colombian life: demobilized guerrillas, costeños, llanos, bogotanos, local politicians, indigenous tribes, expats. This makes for a rather all-encompassing viewpoint.

As you might expect, there is no one source for Colombia's problems and no easy answer for its future -- that would be very simple-minded -- and Feiling doesn't pretend to try to hand you either. Without being a tome, Feiling still manages to paint you a pretty comprehensive picture of the country's recent history and its current affairs.

It's also worth noting that the tone of the book is not as grim as you might think, but charmingly dispassionate, sprinkled with signs of hopefulness (or wishful thinking?). Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x929adedc) von 5 Sternen very helpful in understanding Colombia 17. Mai 2015
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I read this book after living in Colombia for four months, and found it both enjoyable and some ways enlightening. Colombia is a complex, complicated country, and Feiling's book strikes a good balance between description and analysis. We tend to think of the violence in Colombia as a result of guerrillas vs. the Army, and this book convincingly shows the huge role of paramilitary right wing groups in destabilizing society.
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HASH(0x929ade58) von 5 Sternen Very worthwhile primer on modern Colombia. Lots to wade ... 17. Juli 2015
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Very worthwhile primer on modern Colombia. Lots to wade through in the chapters about the paramilitaries and the guerrillas, and I would have wished for more discussion of Colombian life and its cities, but clearly those are important issues and I found the book helpful.
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