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Friday, January 3, 2020

The Motorcycle Diaries

Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes On A Latin American Journey
Author: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

A young twenty-three year old Che Guevara and a fellow adventurer Alberto Granado, step out of their comfort zone, and start from Buenos Aires to explore the beauty of Latin America on 'La Podersa', translated to 'the Powerful One', their 500cc Norton. They travel cutting across Brazil, and ride through Argentina, and the whole longitudinal length of Chile, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela, to finally fly back to Miami from there.

This book is the first hand account of Che Guevara's first trip across Latin America with his friend and it offers a close insight at the young and cheerful heart, and also the serious and ironic image of the young man.

With an introduction to Che Guevara, a chronology of events, and a map and itinerary of the places travelled in The Motorcycle Diaries, the book, when read, has a way to pull you in and visualize the experiences and adventures of Che on his motorcycle. 

It is a travellogue which captures the heart of all things human, and the actual beauty in the journey. Che takes us close to his experiences with the people across the countries of Latin America. The book is written in a narrative style with a lot of drama and hilarious anecdotes, by the end of which you feel like you just finished seeing a movie.

It's a wonderful read.

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