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Full Circle: A South American Journey (Lonely Planet Journeys) Paperback – October, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 1St Edition edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864424655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864424655
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sepulveda (The Name of the Bullfighter, LJ 7/96), a novelist exiled from Chile in 1975, opens this personal narrative with the advice of his grandfather to visit his birthplace of Martos, Spain. His life-long journey begins in Temuco, a Chilean prison, where he was a political prisoner for three years. Surprisingly, he does not harbor anger or bitterness from the experience. Later, he is a miserably poor professor in Ecuador and then holds a curiously surreal job writing the memoirs of a wealthy haciendado whose widowed daughter hopes to marry him to her daughter to preserve the family line. His experiences in Patagonia are the most interesting, beginning with his acquaintance with Bruce Chatwin, the Englishman whose book on Patagonia is considered a classic in travel literature. Eventually, he arrives in Martos, where he meets his grandfather's brother and is able to bring his journey "full circle." This book has a decidedly South American tone, seeing magic and wonder where most North Americans do not. Recommended for cosmopolitan travel collections.?Mary Ann Parker, California Dept. of Water Resources Law Lib., Sacramento
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
Full circle details the past and the ceratin present of sepulveda's life, his torture and exile from his country because of his belief and his travels through South America as he cannot return. The story begins and ends with his aim to try and get to the village of his grandfather's birth in Spain and to see if he has any surviving relatives. A book that touched me in a way no other book has ever done and none probably will, and belive me, for once that is no understatement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Saha on May 8, 2002
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a very honest and coolly written book. While the narrative appears disjointed at first, one realizes that if the author were to write all the details in chrono sequence, given that he has been travelling for years, it would have been several fat volumes. This is not srictly a travelogue in the sense of day 1 we did tis, day 2 that happened.. rather, its a collection of incidents and events that took place in the couirse of the author's travels, that illuminate life in the various places he has been.
I feel like hitting the road again, with no fixed destination in mind, no final goal, timeless...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2014
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Luis Sepulveda is a Chilean writer who is not particularly well-read in the United States. In terms of other writers from Chile, I've only read some of the works of Isabel Allende, so I decided to expand my horizons. Sepulveda was born in 1949, and was of that youthful age to live through the days of the Isabel's first cousin (once removed), Salvador Allende, who was President of Chile until he was removed in a CIA-sponsored coup in 1973. Sepulveda spent two and a half years in prison, under the Pinochet dictatorship that followed the death of Allende. This work is a collection of short stories, sponsored by Lonely Planet, and one of the stories is a rather wry and no doubt autobiographical account of his time in prison, with the usual meathead thugs (with one being an aspiring poet - maybe!) in charge of the prison. He was released from prison, but required to spend numerous years in exile.

Sepulveda acquired his leftist leanings naturally, from his grandfather, who was an anarchist. This collection commences with a charming story of the grandfather taking very young Luis around and letting him water down, as it were, the front doors of some churches, invoking the ire of the local priests, for sure. Ah, teaching the young the futile defiant gestures, that can at least feel good, though remedy for societal evils will not be achieved that way, for sure. There are a number of stories from his exile wanderings. In one he is attempting to cross from Argentina into Bolivia, hopefully on his way to Europe, and finds out that the Bolivian police /thugs has him "on the list," not only not allowing him to proceed, but robbing him also.
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