The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che GuevaraThe Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che Guevara

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

byErnesto Che GuevaraPreface byAleida Guevara

Paperback | August 11, 2003

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The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNALNOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times bestseller. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspective on the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"When I read these notes for the first time, I was quite young myself and I immediately identified with this man who narrated his adventures in such a spontaneous manner... To tell you the truth, the more I read, the more I was in love with the boy my father had been... " -Aleida Guevara"Our film is about a young man, Che, falling in love with a continent and finding his place in it." -Walter Salles, director of "The Motorcycle Diaries.""As his journey progresses, Guevara's voice seems to deepen, to darken, colored by what he witnesses in his travels. He is still poetic, but now he comments on what he sees, though still poetically, with a new awareness of the social and political ramifications of what's going on around him."- January MagazineAlso available in Spanish: DIARIOS DE MOTOCICLETA (978-1-920888-11-4)Features of this edition include: - A preface by Che Guevara's daughter Aleida - Introduction by Cintio Vintier, well-known Latin American poet - Photos & maps from the original journey - Postcript: Che's personal reflections on his formative years: "A child of my environment."Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center, Havana "
Ernesto Che Guevara was a leading member of the revolutionary government in Cuba after 1959. He was appointed Minister of Industry and later, as head of the Cuban National Bank, his simple signature of Che" on Cuba's banknotes angered the heads of international banks and finance capital who considered it a denigration of his office. A-...
Title:The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:170 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:August 11, 2003Publisher:Ocean PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1876175702

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the book Che is as addictive a protagonist and character someone in the Western world will ever encounter. His vivid recollection of his journeys, and his part in the Cuban Revolution, Marxism and struggle are timeless.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing perspective on che i loved it! great way to learn about che through his beautiful journal entries and a bit about latin american culture
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic perspective on Che Guevara This book gave an excellent perspective on Che Guevara in his own words. Loved it and it was especially powerful after coming back from Cuba and learning about him there.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational It was really interesting to be able to glimpse at Che's past and experiences; times when he encountered individuals living in poverty. I was able to understand how these experiences may have played a role in the revolutionary figure he became :)
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ¡Fantastico! This fascinating journal provides insight into e first formative journeys of the man to become Ché -- with a lucidity that at times plants the author's anguish into the mind of the reader.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Transcendence. Seeing Ernesto Guevara, the juvenile upper class, medical student, shift through his experiences into the beginning of "Che" is fascinating. All the while captivating the reader with his remarkable adventures.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If the opportunity arises, please do yourself a favour and read this book This is not a review by a great(or heroic) book reviewer, it's just a book reviewed by a child of his environment. I'm not the same person before I read this book, or even the same person while reading this book. First off, thank you Ernesto for such an exquisite piece of literature and my apologizes for taking some of your words and not being able to express them with as much feeling and conviction as yours on be written. This is an excellent book to read about two men on a journey to North America who on the way and through there troubles, find themselves along the way. Whether there trying to sneak wine or just drinking mate, this is an adventure that I could envision in my head throughout the book. All I can say is if you want to see a little glimpse of the beginning of a legend then you must read this. I can't wait to read more by Ernesto.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting book, but not without problems... As much as I wanted to understand the molding of Che into the revolutionary myth that he was, and his outlook on the world when he was young, this book was a disappointment. Not because it doesn't offer what it promises, it does. This is Che's dairy written when he traveled across Latam, (at least most of it; the last chapter - 'A note in the margin' was clearly written much later. Perhaps after Che's assent from a marginal university student toward the global myth that he had later become.) Unfortunate there is very little in this work - aside from his love for mate and the vivid descriptions of the hobby style in which Che and his buddy traveled across Latam that allows the reader to get a clear portrait of a blooming and passionate revolutionary that he was later to become. If truth be told, I am very much surprised that he followed a revolutionary path after seeing the condition of the workers. According to his own words he doubts that any man would ever want communism - "...we will see whether one day, some miner will take up his pick in pleasure and go and poison his lungs with a conscious joy. They say that's what it's like over there, where the red blazes that now lights up the world comes from (USSR). So they say. I don't know." In summary; this is a worthy book for anyone who wants to learn about Che and his biography, but don't be surprised, this work might disappoint you and force you to re-think the myth of this 'idealistic revolutionary.' One more interesting thought. - Che had spend his entire adult life fighting capitalism and showing contempt for monetary gains and exploitation. Now that he is dead, his work is being printed and sold. You are about to buy this book. Interesting; what would Che say if he was to find out that his work is now being used for profit by editors, publishers and book stores... Just something to think about, don't you agree?
Date published: 2011-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Riveting and Compelling Book. This moving diary written by the great revolutionary leader and translated by his daughter, will pull you away to South America. You will catch your breath at his wonderfull description of the beauty of South America as he starts off on his first journey from home. His descriptive writing captures you and holds you prisoner right up to the last page. You will laugh with him as he journeys around his continent and you will cry with him over the plight of the poor and ill. You will not want to put this book down. I went on to read all of his books after this one and each one is just as compelling and riveting as Motorcycle Diaries.
Date published: 2006-06-01

Editorial Reviews

"Das Kapital meets Easy Rider." (Times) "A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac." (Washington Post) ..."Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, 'I' turned into 'we'." (Eduardo Galeano) "An extraordinary first-person account. ... It redoubles his image and lends a touch of humanity with enough rough edges to invite controversy." (Los Angeles Times Book Review) "For every comic escapade of the carefree roustabout there is an equally eye-opening moment in the development of the future revolutionary leader. (Time) "There is pathos in these pages -- the pathos of Che himself, ever thoughtful, ever willing to sacrifice all, burning with guilt over his own privileges and never letting his sufferings impede him." (New Yorker) "This candid journal, part self-discovery, part fieldwork, glimmers with portents of the future revolutionary." (Publishers' Weekly) "A revolutionary bestseller... It's true, Marxists just wanna have fun." (Guardian) "What distinguishes these diaries... is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress." (Financial Times) "This book should do much to humanize the image of a man who found his apotheosis as a late '60s cultural icon. It is also, incidentally, a remarkably good travel book about South America." (The Scotsman)