9780375702655

Chasing Che

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  • ISBN13:

    9780375702655

  • ISBN10:

    0375702652

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2000-02-15
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

Intrepid journalist Patrick Symmes sets off on his BMW R80 G/S in search of the people and places in Ernesto "Che" Guevara's classicMotorcycle Diaries, seeking out his own adventure as well as the legacy of the icon Che would become, Symmes retraces the future revolutionary's path. And on the way he runs out of gas in an Argentine desert, talks a Peruvian guerrilla out of taking him hostage, wipes out in the Andes, and, in Cuba, drinks himself blind with Che's travel partner, Alberto Granado. Here is the unforgettable story of a wanderer's quest for food, shelter, and wisdom. Here, too, is the portrait of a continent whose dreams of utopia give birth not only to freedom fighters, but also to tyrants whose methods include torture and mass killing. Masterfully detailed, insightful, unforgettable,Chasing Chetransfixes us with the glory of the open road, where man and machine traverse the unknown in search of the spirit's keenest desires.

Author Biography

Patrick Symmes writes for <b>Outside</b>, <b>New York</b>, and <b>Conde Nast Traveler</b> magazines. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv
The Silver River
3(31)
Fellow Travelers
34(18)
Big in Japan
52(32)
Mytopia
84(19)
Che and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
103(34)
The Miracle
137(9)
Jubilation
146(15)
The Red Blaze
161(29)
The Road to Rome
190(30)
Holy Week
220(19)
The Navel of the World
239(17)
The Wit and Wisdom of the Guevara
256(14)
Ten Thousand Revolutions
270(22)
Epilogue Final Victory 292

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