The film tie-in edition of the established modern classic. In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on 'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's diaries ? full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy and laddish improvisations. During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che's main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike. Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime ? had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure. About The Author: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara was born in Argentina in 1928. After fighting alongside Fidel Castro in the three-year guerrilla war in Cuba, he became Minister for Industry following the victory of the Cuban Revolution. In 1966 he established a guerilla base in Bolivia. He was captured and killed in 1967.
The Motorcycle Diaries Features
September 5, 2007
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Alexandra Keeble
Film tie-in edition
‘It’s true; Marxists just wanna have fun.’ Guardian
‘Politically-correct revolutionary hero? Perhaps a few years later, but in this account Che Guevara comes over as one of the lads.’ Bike News
'What distinguishes these diaries is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress…one senses El Che's belief that determination and conviction can be enough to change one's self and others… a joy to read from start to finish.' Financial Times
'Political incorrectness galore…this book should do much to humanise the image of a man who found his apotheosis as a late Sixties cultural icon. It is also, incidentally, a remarkably good travel book about South America.' Scotsman
About the Author
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is a revolutionary Marxist guerilla commander who has inspired lives all other world and continues to do so. He was also known as el Che and played a crucial role in the Cuban Revolution. He began his adult life as medical student but ended as a key figure in the Cuban government. A timeless class struggle figure, Che Guevara has also authored the Bolivian Diary, My Best Friend's Life and many other books. The book was translated by Alexandra Keeble.
Rated 6 out of 5 stars
8 October, 2013
Everyone knows Che Guevera. He is the Face of revolution across the planet, adorning rallies, t-shirts and what not. What a lot of us don't know is why he chose to become that revolutionary.
Motorcycle Diaries is Che's examination of his own self, his own beliefs, and trying to make sense of the world around him. This is not a book to read in one sitting, this is one to savor. Read this book carefully, for it unravels before your eyes, the story of a great man.
And if you're not the kind who likes to go deep, simply read it for what it was meant to be.A book about two friends who travel across a vast continent. What they find is a continent filled with wonders, interesting people and culture. Most importantly, this is about two friends out to do something they always wanted to.
Highly recommended reading!
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