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am 4. Dezember 2001
Diese Sammlung von Erlebnisberichten und Recherchen über die Geschichte und Kultur Südamerikas (nicht nur Patagoniens!) ist vielleicht nicht so populär wie die "Traumpfade", dafür aber fundierter und lehrreicher als alle anderen Bücher Chatwins.
Dass dabei seine Hintersinnigkeit und sein Sinn für die Absurditäten des Lebens nicht zu kurz kommen, erwartet ohnehin jeder, der Chatwin kennt. Dabei versucht er nie, zu gefallen, sondern begeistert nur durch seine präzise und elegante Sprache.
Absolut lesenswert. Auch wenn man (noch) nicht weiss, wo Patagonien liegt.
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am 8. April 2000
I am just back from a far too brief whirlwind trip to Patagonia and even though all the guide books correctly advise reading In Patagonia before going. I had had no time. Bruce Chatwin places a human experiences context around the faintly disturbing sights and odd feelings todays visitors will have but can't fully understand. There has been little change there since Bruce Chatwin wrote about this amazing place in the 1970's. Only a thin veneer of new tourist facilities on the frame of remotness and lonliness that seems to haunt the semi ghost towns and desolate landscapes. Bruce Chatwin's in-depth experiences breathe life into untold stories and feelings that seem unapproachable to the visitor on a timetable. I wanted the book to go on and on with story after story to illuminate my memories and understanding of Patagonia. I delighted in every chapter.
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am 24. Februar 2000
IN PATAGONIA is, simply put, two hundred pages of crisp, elegant, and enjoyable prose. This is a rare thing. This book is not a travel guide a la Fodor's nor is it a piece of journalism. Some of the reviewers below hold this against Mr. Chatwin. I suspect most potential readers will not.
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am 24. September 1998
Cute sketches on the interesting and rare types of people that would choose to live at the bottom of the world, far from the bothers of civilization. I was more interested in the natural wonders of Patagonia, of which this book says almost nothing.
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am 27. Dezember 1998
Being Patagonia a huge extension of land, everyone expects that it's a vast and complex subject to write about. Reading this book made me feel that, in a certain moment, there'd be a shocking experience or kind of "revelation" for the author. But, as the chapters ran, I got somewhat frustrated and felt that, despiting his skills as a writer, Bruce didn't really try to deepen himself on the mysteries of the region, remaining in the surface of some sparses topics, like go in search of Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid's steps there, sheep raisers, etc... Anyway, it still had a story good enough to encourage me to take my car and drive some 7.500 Km from home and know Patagonia. I expect to write a further review after completing this trip (mid-March).
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am 14. Juli 1999
This is a wonderful collection of tall tales, fiction, fact and bizarre anecdotes, loosely connected by their association with a sparsely populated part of South America. Unfortunately critics and publishers in their obsessive need to categorise books, called it a Travel Book. This was misleading, as are the claims that he reinvented travel writing or had some sort of unique insight into Patagonia, its people, history and landscape. Chatwin was primarily a storyteller, not a travel writer or an expert on Southern Argentina. His talent for the 5-6 page yarn is unparalleled in modern literature and this is as good as anything he wrote.
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am 16. März 1999
While an interesting read, with good research, and a cast of characters who help move the book along, I was disappointed with the ending which just trailed off. It was as though he became bored with the subject. There was no revelation, no feeling that the journey had taught him anything, and no distillation of this great expanse land. I never even knew what he thought about Patagonia by the end of his journey, or if his journey had changed his perceptions. Nevertheless, for someone who is about to live in BA for three years it was a pleasant primer.
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am 30. Mai 2000
As a young boy Chatwin is fascinated by a piece of skin of a long excint animal in the house of his grandmother. He decides to go searching for something like that in Patagonia. This book consists of about 100 very small chapters in which Chatwin combines the tale of his own adventure with the tales of travellers long before him. It reads like a collection of short stories what might be the reason I like this book less than the travelbooks of Thesiger, Theroux, Thubron or Murphy, to name a few.
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am 6. November 1997
Reviews of Bruce Chatwin's "In Patagonia" tend to gush emotionally about Chatwin's spare verse and quirky sketches of colorful characters. Others have claimed to have used his book as a guide while living in Patagonia. As much as Chatwin's now-famous travelogue offers pleasant reading, it still pales in comparison to other Patagonian travel books, including "Edward Chace, A Yankee in Patagonia." Chatwin also liberally hijacked ideas straight from previous authors, who made his journey and investigated the same people and subjects a full four or five decades before the publication of "In Patagonia." What's more, the locals down there (and a Ph.D candidate in Patagonia history I met on my journeys) hate Chatwin, claiming he was sloppy with his facts about their relatives. Chatwin's name in Patagonia is as popular as General Sherman's in Atlanta. So don't get overwhelmed by the Chatwin hype. Browse the Patagonian classics you'll find on most library shelves first, then reread this so-called masterpiece. Comparative shopping is worth the effort here.
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am 7. April 1997
After three years in Patagonia, on the Argentine side mostly,Chatwins book describes it beautifully. From Bahia Blanca to Ushuaia,my first year I used it as a travel guide. Chatwin managed to objectively consider the Argentine with an equal eye, as opposed to Theroux coloniality. I made a lot of friends in Argentina, and reading Chatwin was like studying an excellant text before the exam.
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