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The Motorcycle Diaries (Movie Tie-in Edition) : Notes on a Latin American Journey [Paperback]

By Ernesto Che Guevara (Author), Aleida Guevara (Preface by) & Cintio Vitier (Introduction by)
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A chronicle of the author's seven-month motorcycle journey throughout South America reveals the beginning of his transformation into a dedicated revolutionary.

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The book of the popular movieSTARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNALNOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER" "The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary.This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspective on the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." "

"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 Magazine" "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." Also 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


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    Item Specifications...

    Pages   175
    Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
    Weight:   0.65 lbs.
    Binding  Softcover
    Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
    Publisher   Ocean Press
    ISBN  1920888101  
    ISBN13  9781920888107  

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    More About Ernesto Che Guevara, Aleida Guevara & Cintio Vitier

    Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Che Guevara was the legendary Latin American guerrilla fighter who joined the Cuban revolutionary movement that toppled the Batista dictatorship. He played a leading role in the early years of the Cuban Revolution and made an extraordinary and original contribution to Marxist theory. He died at the hands of CIA assassins in Bolivia in 1967. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848 and were founders of the First International Workingmen's Association. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848 and were founders of the First International Workingmen's Association. Rosa Luxemburg was a leader of the German Social Democratic Federation and jailed for her opposition to WWI. She was assassinated in 1919.

    Ernesto Che Guevara was born in 1928 and died in 1967.

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    a long journey.....  Aug 20, 2008
    Very good book to read to learn what goes on in the head on Che. He shares his emotions and passion for life and everything that comes along with it. This book is based more on his personal opinions, likes and dislikes. You would get the opportunity to get in his head and read his thoughts. A little too complicated to read. Its not like reading a chapter after a chapter in a book. Each memoir is his personal diary entry and not based on a day to day basis. Also contains black and white pictures taken either by him or his traveling along friend.

    What i did not like about this book was the fact that the pages jumped around. One minute i was reading on pg33 and next minute i was on pg54 or so. It was really annoying because i had to constantly skip around and look for the pages and was always lost.
    A couple of dull guys have very little fun and adventure on their road trip  Aug 19, 2008
    I read the book pretty much ignoring the Che of later years and hoping to find the adventure of a young, passionate man free on the roads. I also hoped to get a glimpse at the human underneath the Che image.

    As it turns out, Ernesto and Alberto were fairly forgettable guys who apparently had no particular fun on their great adventure. Maybe it is because the writing is very flat. Che was a colorless writer, noting the most banal and unexciting details that a better writer would leave out. He had no talent for descriptive, so places and people remain vague. And there is not an ounce of humor in the guy.

    Had Che not gone onto notoriety as a revolutionary, this book would never have been published.

    Even as an insight into the man, his fans will find nothing terribly revealing here, especially not what radicalized him. His enemies won't find much in particular worth hating. There is almost no political significance here, just as there is no particular adventure. What made him tick? How did he think and what did he feel? Guevara was not a good enough writer to get that on the page.

    All in all, Che comes across as a bit of a cold fish. I expected something livelier and more adventurous.
    Interesting character but writing is bland  May 30, 2008
    I understand that he was an important historical figure but his adolescent writings are pretty uninteresting.
    I much preferred the movie over the book.

    Before and Beyond: The Background a Revolutionary  Dec 9, 2007
    Che Guevara... Whether you respect him or not there is absolutely no denying the fact that he had a profound impact on the history of Central America and the Caribbean. This book is plainly and simply about a young man on a journey to become the person everyone knows in history. He sets out as a college student in his early twenties on the motorcycle La Poderosa II with Alberto Granado. When he returns a year later he has aged a hundred years. It is almost as though he has become a different person.

    On his journey he saw the impoverished and the ignored. He saw indifference and hate. He saw racism and inequality... especially inequality.

    This journey across the poor and rich regions of Latin America made Ernesto Che Guevara exactly who he was. In his travels he found he could not understand why some should have more than others. His communist views developed from seeing the unfair treatment of the poor. He was ready, by the end, to do whatever it took to win equality for all: even fight. As he said at the end of his book: "I feel my nostrils dilate, savoring the acrid smell of gunpowder and blood. The enemy's death; I steel my body, ready to do battle, and prepare myself to be a sacred space within which the bestial howl of the triumphant proletariat can resound with new energy and new hope."

    Although a few things are lost to us English speakers through the translation and Argentine dialect this is a book which is full of rich detail and of deep internal struggle. This book was written in 1952, but edited and assembled much later. This causes some very Communist views to appear that were clearly added well after the original writings.
    Still this is a great read to see the mind of a genius in a time when the world was still reeling from the shock of a great world war and gearing up for the middle of the cold war. Che Guevara would go on in life to befriend Fidel Castro and be his right hand man in the Communist regime over Cuba. Che Guevara, whether you like him or not, is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential people in history.
    Disappointing, but at least it's by "Che" ...  Oct 20, 2007
    If this book were written by any other person, I'd give it 2 Stars. But because it's by Che, you at least get some insights into him, and that makes it a 3.

    This was a turning point adventure for Che; it's the trip that turned him from curious medical student to doing down the path of revolutionary. For that alone, it's worth the read.

    But if you're looking for an even better book about Che, and with all the adventure, get "Chasing Che" by Patrick Symms. It's an excellent read.

    And if you're looking for a motorcycle adventure book, look no further than One-Man Caravan by Robert Fulton. Imagine traveling around the WORLD on a motorcycle BACK IN 1932. Complete with pictures, drawings and great writing ... simply a masterpiece within the genre.

    Back to Motorcycle Diaries ... I think this book could have been so much more. Che was a good writer, but he stumbles on himself a lot. And, because he actually wrote this book AFTER the adventure was over, it feels like there is a lot of glossing over and "story fill" that robs it of the spontaneity it could have had.

    Still, if you're into Che, it's probably on the "must read" list.

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