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On a Hoof and a Prayer: Exploring Argentina at a Gallop Paperback – April 29, 2008
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When I read books of this sort, my hope is that in return for the time spent reading, I'll come away with a better idea of the place being written about. While she did a credible job of describing some of the landscapes she encountered, if you're interested in people and culture, well, I have some bad news for you.
Example: During a brief visit to Buenas Aires, she encounters a group of "Mothers of the Disappeared" protesting in front of a government building. And she writes something like this: "Was the little girl pictured on her T-shirt one of the disappeared? How did it happen? How did she feel about it? What drives her to continue these protests thirty years after the event?"
Three pages later, she encounters *Grand*mothers of the disappeared, and again with the rhetorical questions: "Did she really hope to find her grandson? How could the government help her now? Did she feel haunted as she walked the streets, wondering if each young man she saw was her long-vanished relative?"
Good questions all. She's fluent in Spanish, so why didn't she ask them and let us know? What the heck kind of travel writer is too timid to speak to the people she finds interesting enough to describe?
I found it very frustrating, and would only give this book two stars, but other people might not care too much about that stuff so I'll give her one more. I mean, it wasn't horrible -- just shallow.
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Didn't care for the writing to begin with, but it improved and got better by the end.Published 6 months ago by christina douglas
I lived there as a child and knew some of the people mentioned in the book so it was memory lane for me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Felicity R.