- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: Ocean Press; First Edition, Second Printing edition (August 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1876175702
- ISBN-13: 978-1876175702
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 182 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey Paperback – August 1, 2003
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From the Back Cover
ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA: "The enormity of our endeavor escaped us in those moments; all we could see was the dust on the road ahead and ourselves on the bike, devouring kilometers in our flight northward."
The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photographs taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara offering a highly insightful perspective on her father the man and the icon.
"A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, 'I' turned into 'we'." -- Eduardo Galeano
"Our film is about a young man, Che, falling love with a continent and finding his place in it." Walter Salles, Director of "The Motorcycle Diaries"
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You do not have to be a leftist or a history student to read this. This book is simply the journals of a traveling young man.
Guevara writes in simple, but elegant prose. He does a good job describing small details of the people he encounters that give the reader a greater understanding of their culture. One can understand the why of Guevara's later beliefs.
For me this was an enjoyable and interesting short read.