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    MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (English, Paperback, Guevara, Ernesto 'Che')

    MOTORCYCLE DIARIES  (English, Paperback, Guevara, Ernesto 'Che')

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
    • ISBN: 9780007272907, 0007272901
    • Edition: 1, 2004
    • Pages: 165
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    The Motorcycle Diaries recounts the trip that Ernesto Guevara went on with his friend, travelling across South America on a motorcycle. The trip was a catalyst in turning the young man into a revolutionary.

    Summary Of The Book

    Road trip books are always interesting. They contain interesting encounters, adventures and misadventures of the protagonists on their travels. The Motorcycle Diaries has the added attraction of being the road trip of a charismatic revolutionary who altered the course of history in his region.

    A medical student, Guevara liked to travel, and he had earlier undertaken a road trip on a modified bicycle fitted with an engine. In 1952, Guevara, along with his friend Alberto Granado, decided to travel across South America on a Norton 500cc motorcycle. They set off from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Part way across the trip, their faithful steed, the motorcycle they had named La Poderosa, meaning The Mighty One, broke down. The friends were forced to complete their journey using other means of transport, traveling 5000 miles across the Atacama Desert, the Andes and the Amazon River Basin.

    During this time, Che Guevara came to realize the harsh lifestyle of the common people in Latin America. The living conditions of the miners, the leper colony and the plight of the once mighty Incans, descendants of the Inca Civilization, all combined to create a change in him. Born in a comparatively affluent upper middle class family, these encounters were eye-opening experiences for the twenty-three year old Guevara.

    When they set off on the trip, they were two men taking a break from their studies, going in search of new experiences and adventures. In the end, the journey became a learning experience, turning this road trip story into a coming-of-age tale too.

    The Motorcycle Diaries chronicles the metamorphosis of a carefree young man into a convinced Marxist resolved to fight for the poor, who dreamed of creating a Latin America without borders.

    About Ernesto Che Guevara

    Ernesto Che Guevara was an Argentine revolutionary, physician, diplomat, and author.

    Diary of a Combatant: From the Sierra Maestra to Santa Clara (Cuba: 1956–58), The Great Debate on Political Economy, Marx & Engels: An Introduction, Che Guevara, Cuba, and the Road to Socialism, and Che: The Diaries of Ernesto Che Guevara are some of his other books.

    Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1928. He played important roles in the revolutions in Guatemala and in Cuba. Che Guevara is now an iconic figure for all those who believe in a leftist, communist ideal. Guevara was married twice and had five children. He was executed in Bolivia in 1967, at the age of 39.

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      • Ernesto Che Guevara is one of the most famous and iconic revolutionary figures who changed the course of the history of Latin America.He mainly wrote books in Spanish and they were later translated to English. Some of his other books are Back on the Road: A Journey Through Latin America, The Argentine, The Great Debate on Political Economy, A New Society: Reflections for Todays World, and Latin America: Awakening of a Continent.Che Guevara was born in the year 1928. His youthful travels through Latin America on a motorcycle gave him many experiences, which, combined with his Marx-influenced ideas, propelled him to fight for the liberation of various Latin American countries. His first focus was Cuba, where he played a major role in the successful two-year long guerrilla campaign that toppled the US-backed Batista regime and installed a communist government. Che Guevara still remains an icon of Marxist ideologies. Time magazine recognized him as one of the hundred most influential people of the twentieth century.
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    5

    A cult classic !

    "Che" has been the face of an armed revolution. The book will blow you away with the honest writing and extremely thrilling account.

    One note of caution, the book is not an easy read mainly bcoz we are not that well versed with South American places, culture and other local things. So, you'll have to keep goin to wikipedia to really understand and enjoy the book. Otherwise, you might find the book a bore simply bcoz you will find it hard to understand.

    And one final thing, there is a very p...
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    Shyam Govind

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    Absolute good buy

    I was concerned about the quality of the paper and print of the book, since it is priced only ~200. But the book, now in my hand amazes me, very good quality of print. Additionally the photos of the expedition is given in the mid-section of the book, which is quite fascinating. This book is lucid and filled with expressions and emotions. The description of the places and the people are vivid and each character has a distinct spotlight, which is optimum and refreshing.
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    Santosh Roy

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    Must read for travellers

    If you have/haven't seen the movie of this book and enjoy roadtrips, this book definitely for you! The experiences, sceneries and emotions have been described beautifully. One can see the character building up in a young Che Guevara and the environment around him that enables him to be a leader for the revolution.

    A brilliant book that can be read over again!
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    Soroshi Chaudhuri

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    Fantastic

    The book tells you about a young Ernesto's travel and his first step in becoming Che Guevara.If you want a glimpse of South America of the 50's,this is the right book.Description of Bolivia is the best.
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    Apratim Mukherjee

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    15 Jul, 2012

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    Before he was Che

    This book contains a crisp imagery of Che's trip he took in his young age. The narration is flawless and really fluid. The reader can really look at the continent of South America trhough his young and observatory eyes.
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    Indrajit Dewanjee

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    Nice book but it didn't stand upto my expectations

    This book gives an insight into the formative years of Che, Che has really written it very truthfully.Through this book we realize that every coin has two sides. The book is refreshing but apart from that the reader doesn't get to learn many new things. So it's a one time read , not the one I would ask you to buy, better to borrow it from someone or visit a library for reading it.
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    Andy Black

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    A Motorcyle Tour That Sparked a Revolution in a Man and in a Continent..

    The book is a collection of notes of Ernesto Guevara during his motorcyle tour with his friend Alberto Granado. The journey was 5000 miles across South and Central America and it depicts his various encounters with people all across South America. During the journey, Ernesto realises the extremely adverse living conditions of the people of Latin and South American countries due to the American capitalism. This changed the way he used to think about the world. He completed his medical studies ...
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    Mustufa Baldiwala

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    25 Jan, 2015

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    Enjoying the Ride

    The story brings out the adventure ride in South America and it provides many adventurous moments which are provides a real interest in reading the book. It also makes feel to drive bike and enjoy the fun of it.
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    Swarnavo Paul

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    From Road Warrior to Revolutionary!!!

    Che's Memoir is nothing short of an adrenaline rush. The book takes you on an epic journey with Ernesto and Alberto, two Argentine doctors on a mission to discover South America. As you travel with Ernesto (Che) you discover the way's of life in 50's South America.Scenic, rugged and yet unforgiving. As you dive deep into the book you exposed to the situations, the ideas that transformed a young doctor into a charismatic revolutionary!!.
    If Adventure is your thing, this book is sure to thrill!!.
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    Vinay Keerthi

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    16 Jan, 2013

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    Must buy!

    Loved the book. Ty
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:what's written in the book
    A:This book is about the journey of Ernesto Guevara across America with his best friend. It depicts his learning from the journey and how it helped him mould as a person. Definitely recommend this book
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    Q:Is the English high level or easily understandable to Indians???
    A:It is easy,it might have some word which may require looking up into dictionary but that should not be a problem.
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    Q:Is the English complicated or simple???
    A:Simple. English is more on the simple side than the complicated.
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