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New York writer Patrick Symmes embarks on motorcycle tracing Guevara's route through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Cuba, seeking insight into what Guevara experienced and what his political movement wrought. Meeting with those who knew the young Che--among them a lover, a leper, and his motorcycle traveling cohort--proves interesting enough, though rarely insightful since some were children at the time, some are confused, and others refuse to talk openly. More revealing are Symmes's travels on his bike, nicknamed La Cucaracha. He winds through both Buenos Aires' high society and Peruvian poverty, finding a fragmented country where revolutions have brought mountain peasants fleeing to shanty towns, and where blind idealism coexists with blatant denouncement of the violent tactics used by Cuban Communists, even by Che's most respected soldiers. Beautifully written, the stories that unfold here reflect the complex contradiction that endures in Latin America three long decades after Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death. --Melissa Rossi
I had read Che's "Motorcycle Diaries" and followed it with Symmes book.
This book is one of the most exciting stories I've read in a long time, and perhaps one of the best narrative histories I've read.
The author of this book takes us on a fascinating tour of South American politics, society, history, and geography.
I just finished reading Chasing Che by Patrick Symmes, a book about a journalist Patrick Symmes trying to recreate this motorcycle trip Che Guevera took around South America in the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Guzlowski
Having just riden a BMW F650GS in northern Chile, Bolivia and Peru, I came home and re-read Chasing Che. Read morePublished 23 months ago by S Sylvester
Put me right there........back with Che'
Darn good read!!!!!!!!!
Cannot get enough of this motorcycle travel stuff.....
This guy was different however... Read more
I purchased and read this book because of my love of the South American continent, the people who live there and travel. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Gaye Chicoine
This was the second read after several years. Still enjoyable, I think mostly to people who have ever wondered "Who was this Che person?" in the first place. Read morePublished on December 25, 2009 by Rebecca Bembry
"Chasing Che" as you can read from the book description is a story of the authors travels through South America following the same route that Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his friend... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by Michael Gioia
It speaks to the quirky nature of this book that the author, after studying and retracing Che Guevara's coming-of-age motorcycle journey, doesn't really seem to like Che too much. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Robert C. Thornett
Patrick Symmes' journey doesn't limit its chase to retracing the steps of the young Ernesto Guevara, but also elaborates on the consequences wrought upon South America as the... Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Toboldi
Patrick Symmes has always been a great magazine article writer. I was very pleased to see that his skills translate well into book form. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Sam Farris