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At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay Paperback – March 8, 2005
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It all makes for an extremely entertaining read. I found myself laughing out loud several times. He has a wonderful knack for illustrative storytelling. He can make you feel like you know someone with a few sentences. His accounts of the Mennonites and other separatist "foreign" groups in Paraguay are hilarious. And he obviously moves comfortably within the other world that is Asuncion's upper class. But I also wished that he had applied his wit to the regular mestizo Paraguayans who make up the vast majority of the populous.
I have lived off and on in rural Central Paraguay for 10 years and I for one would have loved to read something that includes their experiences and history. But Gimlette remains exclusively focused on the upper echelons of Paraguayan society and the ex pat pretenders to such status. He seems to view ordinary Paraguayans as the inscrutable heirs of the strange savages his countrymen encountered centuries ago. Maybe he doesn't speak Guarani, but I've yet to encounter a Paraguayan who wouldn't turn themselves inside out to try to share their stories with a foreigner, even if they have to do it in Spanish.Read more ›
countries in South America.John Gimlette has tremendous knowledge
of his subject. He conveys his impressions as a traveller,he gives historical background and he is sarcastic and funny.This book is a pleasure to read, it is captivating.
It might not be " politically correct" at times, but describing
a brutal dictator who devastated his country in " politically correct" terms, I'd like to know what they are...
Having been to Paraguay, it re-awakend an interest in that country again.I have adopted Paraguay as my special subject and
pursue it with a passion. I stop short only on Guarani as a
language, but even that language fascinates me.
John Gimlette must be congratulated on this book, as an avid traveller and reader of travel books, this book is outstanding.
It is almost a measure as to how travel books should be written,
but then, we all have our special tastes and likes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
yes, the book was in excellent condition. It is very informative though the jumping back and forth in time periods was a bit disconcerting.Published 2 months ago by Robert Armstrong
I read this book prior to a visit to Paraguay. It was most enlightening and enabled me to act as a tour guide in a country where there are no tour guides. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Koenig
Although most facts are presented accurately, the tone and perspective given in this book are negative and critical of human beings living in this country. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pedro D. Luzko
Loved it- I read it and felt I was right there - its funny sad but the history is presented in a way that you would like to be there. A very good read. Well donePublished 14 months ago by Boerseun
I tried to read this several times . It just never grabbed me . The narrative jumps all over the place and although there is a lot of historical information it wasn't an... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Kerr
My favourite book ever. I've read about six times. Also read 'The theatre of Fish' and 'Wild Coast' by the same authors. They are equally brilliant.Published 17 months ago by Colin Thompson