- Taschenbuch: 156 Seiten
- Verlag: Verso (17. November 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1857023994
- ISBN-13: 978-1857023992
- ASIN: 1859840663
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 13,7 x 1,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 14 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.622.727 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. November 1996
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For every comic escapade of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. By the end of the journey, a politicized Guevara has emerged to predict his own legendary future.
In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They met an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They became stowaways, firemen and football coaches, and joined in a strike. They sometimes fell in love, and frequently fell off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernest Guevara de la Serna. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto's case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che's own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs.For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being "political correct", which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che's death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime - had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Che's travels are rarely specatacular, and that's refreshing. Still, as do most of my favorite travel authors, his goals are never to see waterfalls or ruins; he is on an adventure of people. For him this involves booze, dancing and women but that's okay...there's something real here and that's what's really enchanting. Although, it is painfully obvious that he becomes a leper expert for the most part because they offer him free food and lodging on his travels (a sort of leper run holiday inn), his dealings and soccer games with them are charming as all hell.
Che is shady and admits to it. I love it. Even without his later fame, I would have loved the book. But getting a peak at Che Guevara as a raucous young man brings this book up to five stars. Check it out.
i read the pages of "the motorcyle diaries," and was completely blown away! i wanted to be right there on la poderosa with che and his amigo, alberto - drinking at all the dives; conversing with the people; playing soccer with whatever team, in whatever town/country they happened to be; scamming places to eat and sleep, and making their way across the continent on the back de la poderosa until, bless her little hot-rod heart, she literally came apart. then, it was hitching, stowing away on boats, and, finally, floating downriver atop a not-so-navigable homemade raft, the whole while surrounded by the mystery and beauty of wild and mountainous south america. it was an awesome adventure to share! che's writing style is so conversational, and his wit will run up on you like a hairpin turn. i laughed out loud so many times. might i suggest you get a map of south america before turning the cover of this fantastic, freaking adventure. believe me, you'll get so wrapped up in it that you'll want to pinpoint each madcap pitstop. en fin, this is a tale of a grand adventure, of determination, willpower, curiousity, and guts. a great first read of the che. he was a believer in the underdog. sin duda.
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