Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey In Search Of The Guevara Legend by Patrick SymmesChasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey In Search Of The Guevara Legend by Patrick Symmes

Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey In Search Of The Guevara Legend

byPatrick Symmes

Paperback | February 15, 2000

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Intrepid journalist Patrick Symmes sets off on his BMW R80 G/S in search of the people and places in Ernesto "Che" Guevara's classic Motorcycle 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 Che transfixes us with the glory of the open road, where man and machine traverse the unknown in search of the spirit's keenest desires.
Patrick Symmes writes for Outside, New York, and Conde Nast Traveler magazines. He lives in New York City.
Title:Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey In Search Of The Guevara LegendFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375702652

ISBN - 13:9780375702655


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Che Legend; More Than an Icon This is a superb book on many levels: a great story of one man's motorcycle journey across South America, retracing the formative 1952 journey of a young Ernesto Guevera de la Serna; and a provocative and insightful view of the modern societies that were all touched in some way by the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces that have swept across that continent. Symes is a gifted writer, familiar with South America, its politics and its people, and he is unsparing in his critique of the destruction caused by the disregard for individual human life. This is a travel book, a book of political history, a book of modern society, and a superb account of a remarkable motorcycle trip. If you are one of those rare types that likes bikes and books, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2000-08-09