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In Patagonia By Bruce Chatwin Nicholas Shakespeare In Patagonia An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far off unseen land Bruce Chatwin s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions r

  • Title: In Patagonia
  • Author: Bruce Chatwin Nicholas Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9780142437193
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Patagonia By Bruce Chatwin Nicholas Shakespeare An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through theAn exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through the uttermost part of the earth that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome in search of almost forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world.
    In Patagonia By Bruce Chatwin Nicholas Shakespeare

    In Patagonia Penguin Classics Bruce Chatwin, Nicholas An instant classic upon publication in , In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn about Argentina and Argentinians After all, that s the country where this book is set and travel memoirs are usually great for an outsider s view of a place. In Patagonia THE BEST Things to Do in Patagonia with Photos What are the best day trips from Patagonia The best day trips from Patagonia according to Tripadvisor travelers are Tierra del Fuego National Park Experience Go off the grid at horse ranches in Patagonia Apr , He runs the guest lodge on Ranquilco s , acre estancia a blend of far northern Patagonia s arid sweeping valleys and jagged peaks, sprinkled with free running horses and springs things to do in Patagonia Lonely Planet Patagonia

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    1. Brian on said:

      It was the day before I left for my vacation to South America that I learned about this book It was an offhand mention by a client, Oh, have you read In Patagonia I picked it up on my way home and stuffed it into the already full backpack.Chatwin s writing got under my skin, and I don t necessarily mean that in a good way At times he can turn a beautiful phrase when describing a sunset or the wind scoured landscape that seems to go forever In other places I wanted him to move on, his prose makin [...]

    2. Paul on said:

      2.5 starsThis is my first foray into Bruce Chatwin I have always been wary of travel writing of a certain type when it drifts into literary colonialism It is too easy for wealthy white travellers to go to foreign lands in search of the interesting and exotic There is a good deal of myth surrounding Chatwin and even this book The whole books starts and finishes with a fossilised piece of skin which Chatwin says he remembers from his childhood Family myth said it was from a dinosaur, but in actual [...]

    3. Jan-Maat on said:

      Readable and pleasant The author, allegedly inspired by schoolboy ponderings over the safest place in a post nuclear war world and childhood atlas voyages, travels to Patagonia and travels around Welsh settlers, hunts for prehistoric mega beasts said to survive in the wilderness view spoiler as apparently they do her and there if you believe all the tales that are told hide spoiler and generally comments on the history and cultures of the region Complaints from people mentioned in the book revea [...]

    4. Michael on said:

      This book was a special treat to me as a unique form a travel writing In its exploration of people encountered on his trip to Patagonia in the early 70 s, Chatwin makes magic as he uses his series of little quests and the actual places of his travels to make a doorway to imagination The excellent introduction by someone named Shakespeare highlights the special qualities of the book Just as Patagonia is not a place with an exact border, so Chatwin s particularly dotty book , as he called it, woul [...]

    5. Eric on said:

      The truly fine grained books are always impossible to review or describe Even dragged out praise leaves most of the best things unnoted Certainly this is true in the case of In Patagonia, one of those unclassifiable mandarin anatomies whose summarized action but barely suggests the innumerable felicities of perception that make the book A copy of In Our Time packed in his rucksack, Chatwin busses from Buenos Aires into Patagonia, tramps around, meets people and collects their stories much as Ish [...]

    6. Jessica on said:

      This was published in 1977, and as I read it, I couldn t help but think of Edward Said s Orientalism, published a year later I admit to fantasizing about Said clobbering Chatwin over the head with a large rock But not before Said had given him some choice words that could not be reduced to faux Hemingway dialogue As in the Songlines, you have a traveler who is obsessed with traveling than the places he travels to, or the people he meets There are so many vignettes in this, some with fabulous ch [...]

    7. Jonfaith on said:

      Suffering from emotional bumps and bruises I needed a holiday My brother Tim sent me a voucher so that I could fly to San Francisco for free I was grateful It was cold and gray but I was in San Francisco One afternoon I found myself footsore and starving I was heading towards BART stop when I saw a Thai restaurant on the other side of the street I up a block crossed the street and discovered a book shop Ducking in, I was pleased with their selection I bought In Patagonia and went down the block [...]

    8. James Barker on said:

      Bruce Chatwin baulked at being called a travel writer and reading this I can see why Part literature, part history, the slender volume is packed full of diverse and disparate characters and episodes Then there is the flying off of tangents satisfying tangents that entrench you in histories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid the Patagonian years , the mylodon and other prehistoric beasts, Simon Radowitzky, the search for Trapalanda a version of Eldorado , the creation of an extraordinary dicti [...]

    9. AC on said:

      This is not a travelogue, in any normal sense It is rather a collection of 97 very short vignettes almost like palm in the hand stories , many as is now generally admitted partially fictionalized, based on Chatwin s wanderings and readings and musings and imaginings about Patagonia, aka the end of the world geographically speaking , written throughout with a very odd tilt which is quite unique and which is Chatwin s own Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid play as great a role greater, in fact as [...]

    10. Kavita on said:

      I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn about Argentina and Argentinians After all, that s the country where this book is set and travel memoirs are usually great for an outsider s view of a place Silly me After reading this book, no one would fault the reader for thinking that Argentina was located somewhere in Europe Chatwin deals exclusively with the European immigrants of various nationalities and some Americans in his travels around Patagonia There are a however, a couple of small chapter [...]

    11. Jim on said:

      This is the third time I have read this classic by the late Bruce Chatwin While purporting to be an episodic treatment of various past and present individuals who have been drawn into the orbit of Patagonia, it is quite as fictional as it is nonfiction Although Chatwin has no great love for the literal truth, his transformations of people and events are fascinating.It is very much like the old joke about the patient who tells his therapist some made up stories, to which the therapist says, That [...]

    12. 4triplezed on said:

      I have enjoyed reading this travel classic I have, honestly I have All good travel history should have one reaching for google maps and even reading at worst and I have been doing that With that I am keen to go to all the exotic places that the author visited, those places with Spanish names that are seemingly full of not only Latins but Englishmen and Germans and Welsh and have strange natives and had the likes of North American outlaws gallivanting around the countryside What could one want f [...]

    13. Kua on said:

      In questo libro mi aspettavo stratosferiche descrizioni di paesaggi selvaggi, avventurose pennellate di grandi spazi, pagine coperte dalle emozioni di Chatwin di fronte a un viaggio cos avventuroso invece, a parte pochi cenni qua e l , la Patagonia passa sullo sfondo per tutto il libro In compenso Chatwin ci fornisce un ritratto particolareggiato di tutti i personaggi che incontra durante il viaggio e delle storie a loro collegate E se all inizio interessante conoscere i retroscena della vita di [...]

    14. Trelawn on said:

      A really enjoyable read From stories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to tea with Welsh ex pats Bruce Chatwin keeps up an interesting narrative as he travels through Chile and Argentina in the 1970s His fascination Patagonia stems from a piece of Sloth skin that was in his grandmothers glass cabinet, sent home by her brother Charlie Milward Chatwin goes in search of stories of his uncle Charlie and hopes to find a piece of Sloth to replace the one his mother diaposed of when his grandmother [...]

    15. Andrea on said:

      Magic Square Challenge 2018 2 Book Vipers Monthly ReadA classic travel memoir that unfortunately failed to infect me with wanderlust There were several issues that prevented In Patagonia from working out for me Firstly, it lacked direction, or itinerary, that would give me a clear scope of Chatwin s journey Each short chapter was disconnected from the rest, and kind of jumped from topic to topic I feel like the author just wrote down the first thing that came to his head in the order that it did [...]

    16. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      Patagonia is that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, the major part of which is Argentina and the rest, Chile In the 501 Must Read Books list this is included as a travel book I think this is a bit off The title gives a hint It s In Patagonia The preposition in makes a lot of difference Bruce Chatwin did not make a lot of description of the various places he had been in Patagonia when he started travelling there in 1974 At least not as much as the people both living and dead w [...]

    17. Kevin on said:

      I think the best way to represent my experience with this book would be to include all that I learned and researched as I read it I just need to transfer them from my written notepad.

    18. NocturnalBlaze on said:

      Questo racconto di viaggio narra delle vicende di un uomo che si trova a viaggiare in Sud America, dando di volta in volta conto delle personalit pi particolari che incontra, di alcuni degli accadimenti che gli capitano, mescolando la sua quotidianit con aneddoti del passato che coinvolgono personaggi importanti e peculiari che hanno a loro volta attraversato quelle terre.La premessa mi sembrava interessante, poich ero curiosa di leggere una sorta di autobiografia di viaggio e l ambientazione mi [...]

    19. Frahorus on said:

      Cult book Il libro del viaggio, di chi ama viaggiare, di chi si vuol perdere nel mondo alla ricerca di se stesso Chatwin inimitabile, ti fa venire voglia di amare il luogo in cui sei, e ti contagia nell iniziare a viaggiare

    20. Pamela on said:

      In this unusual piece of travel writing, Bruce Chatwin visits the remote area of Patagonia The spur for his journey was a piece of dinosaur skin remembered from his childhood he goes in search of the mythical beast and to find evidence of the relative who sent the skin home He intersperses descriptions of the places he visits with anecdotes about the people he meets and about historical figures such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who had also found their way to this remote part of the wor [...]

    21. Frahorus on said:

      Ho ripreso in mano questo bel libro di viaggio in questi ultimi giorni di agosto del 2015, dopo averlo letto e assaporato negli ultimi giorni di aprile del 2007, quindi otto anni fa Stava nella mia libreria e ogni tanto, in questi anni, gli davo un affettuosa occhiata Forse annoiato da questa nuova sessione di esami, forse desideroso di viaggiare, l ho riletto e sto per terminarlo per la seconda volta Che potrei aggiungere Mi fa svagare dall ordinariet della vita, riesce col suo stile inimitabil [...]

    22. Guillermo on said:

      En los setenta Chatwin hace turismo en la patagonia buscando los pasos de un viejo pariente Mezcla buenos comentarios de otros escritores con las impresiones sin filtro que recoge de argentinos y chilenos recordar que en los setenta estos pa ses eran un lugar envenenado de la tierra Hay algo muy agradable en la prosa o en la traducci n.

    23. Joseph on said:

      Blends the history of Patagonia, and the region, with the author s contemporary encounters and observations The story focuses on eccentrics and adventurous people, suggesting that the remote and wild country attracts and breeds them Published in 1977, and written during the US organized fascist junta of Pinochet, Chatwin discusses that elephant in the room in a highly selective and oblique manner, through his interview with a large landowner, dispossessed of her land, during the short lived Alle [...]

    24. Joseph on said:

      Even though I am a lover of travel and adventure literature, I have never picked up this classic by Bruce Chatwin It was interesting to read the introduction and learn how controversial the book has become Chatwin fudged a few facts and many of the people he wrote about weren t too happy with their treatment For myself, I thought the book was very interesting and it kept me reading and not wanting to put it down Each chapter, some as short as 3 4 paragraphs, are recollections or observances or a [...]

    25. Rex Fuller on said:

      This book is many things A kind of dream A nostalgia A picture of the titular place And an investigation into what happened to Butch Cassidy and Sundance Most of all it is a string of stories, strung in fact in most instances by a colon at the end of the chapter It s best to read it with a map of the place in hand It mixes time periods and jumps around the southern tip of South America naming places on the assumption the reader knows where they are And it is chock full of names of places and peo [...]

    26. Tony on said:

      IN PATAGONIA 1977 Bruce Chatwin .This is a re read of a book I first read about thirty years ago From the Sunday Times London We are lucky to have so many travelers among us with the gift of sharing their experience, enhancing ours Freya Stark, Laurens van der Post, Graham Greene, Eric Newby, V S Naipaul, Paul Theroux spring to mind Amplified in particular by a newcomer deserving instant inclusion Bruce Chatwin A splendid book From the author In Patagonia is not a travel book in the usual sense [...]

    27. Jen Francis on said:

      Sorely disappointed A mush of historical stories and facts, lacking creativity and attachment to the moment, often abruptly ending leaving a dull sense of irritation and being shortchanged Silver lining, guess I ll just have to head to Patagonia and see what s happening for myself, as I m certainly not going to find such insight within the pages of this book.

    28. Sandhya Chandramohan on said:

      If there ever was a definition of the perfect travelogue, it would be like this The author s style of writing is slow and unhurried and vividly descriptive I could actually picture the author s whole journey across the patagonian steppes to the Tierra del Fuego It has just the right combination of historical anecdotes, wonder inducing, awe inspiring picturization and personal tidbits A classic, which has inspired generations of backpackers across South America Now, the colors painted by this boo [...]

    29. Brook on said:

      Forced myself to finish this book The book starts out with a rambling, skipping history of Argentina, dipping into popular lore to talk about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid From there, it dips into short anecdote after anecdote, divided up roughly by chapters, chronicling the narrator s trip through Argentina to find remains of a great giant sloth that made the papers around the turn of the 20th century You ve got 3 interesting possible subjects 1 The history of outlaws fleeing to Argentina, [...]

    30. Ale Vergara on said:

      Qu cosa tan maravillosa Leyendo un poco sobre el libro, me encontr con que en alg n momento acusaron a Chatwin de falsear informaci n qu soberana burrada, qu corta lectura Si bien es un libro de viajes que, supuestamente, habla de lo vivido por el autor en su viaje a la Patagonia, quedarse nicamente en el terreno de lo real y lo inventado es no darse mucha cuenta de nada Ac unas notitas sobre lo real y lo ficticio en este libro En la Patagonia empieza con un pedazo de piel que, en la imaginaci n [...]

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