The Motorcycle Diaries

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The Motorcycle Diaries Overview


The Motorcycle Diaries is authored by Ernesto Guevara, who the world better knows as Che. In the January of 1952, Che, a 23-year-old student of medicine, with friend Alberto Granado, a few years older than him and a biochemist by profession, set out on a journey to explore Latin America, their motherland. The duo realised that despite being born in South America, they were yet to know the continent well. The tale of their journey on a Norton 500cc bike, which they fondly called La Poderosa�literally, The Mighty One�is told through the book which has become one of the most famous volumes on revolutionary thought.

Che was a Marxist revolutionary from Argentina, who was at once a physician, an author, and a guerrilla leader. He is remembered as a legendary diplomat and military theorist. Guerilla Warfare, Back on the Road, The Bolivian Diary of Ernesto, and Congo Diary are some of the famous books by the author. The Motorcycle diaries were not published during Che�s lifetime, though. His family published the diary in the form of this book posthumously. The translator cum editor of the book is Alexandra Keeble.

Motorcycle Diaries was written eight years before the historic Cuban Revolution. The adventurous journey of the duo was rife with discoveries. They came across interesting people and learned valuable life lessons that added to Che's philosophical wisdom and eventually shaped him as a socially conscious individual. The duo toured through Argentina, Venezuela, Peru and Chile and witnessed the exploitation of mine workers, the state of oppressed communists, and the sufferings of lepers who were kept away from the society to eventually succumb to the disease in seclusion. The book goes on to describe the various uncertainties the journey involved. At the end of the diary, the young revolutionary vows to devote his life to the welfare of the poor. Che Guevara dreamt of a united Latin America. He takes an oath to work towards uniting people of the continent and foster brotherhood.

The Financial Time praised the book for being an upfront and unambiguous historical account. Motorcycle Diaries has been popular with readers across generations, and has been featured multiple times in The New York Times best seller list. Published by Harper Perennial, the 176-page book has the ISBN 10 number 0007272901 and ISBN 13 number 9780007272907.

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date September 5, 2007
Publisher Harper Perennial
Contributor(s) Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Alexandra Keeble
Binding Paperback
Edition Film tie-in edition
Page Count 176
ISBN 10 0007272901
ISBN 13 9780007272907

Editorial Reviews

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‘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.
 

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  1.  Rated 6 out of 5 stars 8 October, 2013 On Junglee.com
    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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