In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin; 11 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Description and travel, Travel, Protected DAISY, In library. The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic . Bruce Chatwin, a young British journalist for the. Sunday Times Magazine, chanced upon a map of that stretch of land at the southern tip of South. America, “ the.
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The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight An exhilarating look at a place that still. Read In Patagonia PDF - by Bruce Chatwin Penguin Classics | The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its. Editorial Reviews. echecs16.info Review. Fascinated by Patagonia since an early childhood lust for Grandma's scrap of hairy Giant Sloth skin, Chatwin's also.
From the jungles of the Amazon River to the deserted pampas of Patagonia, South America represents a virgin and mysterious land for a European audience. Now that the indigenous populations have disappeared, victims of colonisation, explorers want to discover the secrets of their lands. However, the old legends of the City of El Dorado or the golden treasures of some hidden Maya temples, are old-fashioned. Modern myths come from science. Who has not seen a little boy playing with dinosaur figures and making them fight one another instead of yesterday's knight saving his damsel in distress? In the same way, Bruce Chatwin left to Patagonia on a quest to discover the real story of his relative's piece of Giant Sloth's skin, as he wrote in his book In Patagonia 1, following the tracks of the famous naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin; we can see a similar approach in the character of Carl Fredricksen, the main protagonist of the Disney-Pixar film Up 2, who dreams to go with his wife Ellie to Paradise Falls in Venezuela3, just like the hero of their childhood, the imaginary explorer and scientist Charles F. These trips to the remotest places of Earth permit to revive memories not only of the journey itself, but also of the childhood of the 1 Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia.
Bruce Chatwin did not make a lot of description of the various places he had been in Patagonia when he started travelling there in At least not as much as the people--both livin Patagonia is that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, the major part of which is Argentina and the rest, Chile.
At least not as much as the people--both living and dead--who, at one time or another in their lives, had been part of the place. The book is more like a collection of mini-biographies of all sorts of characters: Most of the characters I have not heard about before, ever. But some did ring a bell, like the outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Charles Darwin and Ferdinand Magellan whose fleet passed that way before crossing the Pacific Ocean then getting himself killed in Mactan Island, the Philippines.
Jan 10, Kevin rated it really liked it. 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. Apr 30, Marius rated it it was amazing. As it will be - to say the least - unpredictable, there is no point of even trying to guess what it will hold".
Charlio istorija skamba kaip tikra klasika - Melville'is ir Conradas in a nutshell. 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 t In this unusual piece of travel writing, Bruce Chatwin visits the remote area of Patagonia.
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 world. This is not a traditional travelogue. The narrative lurches around in a disjointed way, so that it is often hard to remember which place Chatwin has reached or why he is there. He focuses a lot on European settlers - the Welsh, Scottish, German, Italian and Russians who had built small communities there - describing their houses and their families in brief vignettes, then quickly moving on.
Historically his anecdotes move from outlaws to Marxist revolutionaries to his distant relative Charley. The stories are often sad, moving, amusing or plain weird, but again they are disjointed and I often lost track of who I had read about and why. There are some lovely descriptions and Chatwin can paint a picture in vivid colours with a few well chosen words.
Overall, it was an easy read and not uninteresting, but at the end I felt I still only had a very hazy impression of Patagonia. Dec 07, Irene rated it liked it. This classic of the travel genre is a collection of short sketches of the Welsh shepherds and North American outlaws and Russian housewives and German farmers and Indian captives and the many others the author met on his travels through Patagonia.
Alongside these sketches are legends of bandits and tales of shipwrecks and hearsay of mythical creatures and more. According to the introduction, Chatwin did not want this categorized among travel books, but regarded it as a reflection on human restle This classic of the travel genre is a collection of short sketches of the Welsh shepherds and North American outlaws and Russian housewives and German farmers and Indian captives and the many others the author met on his travels through Patagonia.
According to the introduction, Chatwin did not want this categorized among travel books, but regarded it as a reflection on human restlessness.
Apparently, Chatwin took liberties with the truth. The people he photographed and named felt that they had been exploited and betrayed when they learned of their presence in these pages.
Rather I felt as if I were peering at spectacles in a freak show. Maybe each sketch was too short to allow for that connection, or maybe he had a bit of ridicule in his presentation. Totally engrossing if a bit weird. In a good way In place of photographs we get BC's pithy word pictures. What a crazy place this is! All those immigrants and wanderers and visionaries from Europe and North America, including Butch Cassidy and Sundance. He evens meets an old lady who encountered Butch maybe as a four-year-old.
The indigenous locals seem to be permanently drunk. I'm keeping my National Geographic Atlas of the World built to last handy. Kind of the way I ride my bike up a hill! Bruce goes from the coast to the cordillera and back again and is now WAY down south Tierra del Fuego way. The writing continues to be very entertaining though, as others have noted, the author was somewhat less than a slave to the truth. Not above embellishment in other words. I have no idea what's "real" and what isn't here but I'm not quibbling.
It'd be a great ride even if it were all fiction!
The author makes Patagonia seem like a lost colony of oddball earthlings abandoned to their own devices in deep space on a forgotten planet. Finished a couple of nights ago with this fascinating book.
The ending focused on the story of Mr. Chatwin's relative Charlie Milward and his amazing story. It's a challenge to live a life like that anymore! I think it's ice floe Easier way of getting rid of them than fighting!
En los setenta Chatwin hace turismo en la patagonia buscando los pasos de un viejo pariente. Jan 17, Joseph rated it it was ok.
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 , 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 A Blends the history of Patagonia, and the region, with the author's contemporary encounters and observations.
Published in , 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 Allende presidency.
She dismantles the house, even of light switches, to render it useless to the occupiers. Through the testimony of some outraged old lady landowner gloating about what a good job the coup plotters did in rounding up the Marxists, he depicts the peons[Chatwin's word] as drunken fools who were incapable of preserving the ranch after land reforms from the Marxist Allende government. He takes the word of the dispossessed landowner without bothering to hear or more likely, to write about their version.
The peons are portrayed as deeply stupid and brutal, dumping fresh milk down the drain because they prefer canned condensed milk and slaughtering the dairy cows for meat. One wonders who was working on the land all those years, that they could be so stupid as to ruin it within months after Allende's victory.
Or, that poor people would waste food. The obvious implication here is that the peons need the landowner to take care of them — to survive. The story fits in with his theme of eccentrics: He cites the case of a greedy local Communist party boss, who wants to take over one of the large manor homes for a party headquarters, but is then arrested during the fascist coup.
They prudently decide to withdraw their protests. It's all unsubstantiated by references, therefore, pure hearsay; therefore worthless as journalism or history.
As with the landlady episode, Chatwin focuses on an unsubstantiated violent aspect of the democratically-elected Marxists, in a country of thousands of verifiable deaths and tortures by the Pinochet junta.
Though the parts about Allende are minor, compared with the rest of the book, they are very sinister, distorted and dishonest and are therefore central to any honest criticism. Not one word about the thousands of dead, the terror or the torture — unforgivable and if I may add, very slimy.
You don't have to be a Marxist to empathize with murder, torture and foreign destabilization on a massive scale. I don't know how people can talk only about writing style when a writer has these kinds of omissions and distortions; it's negligent and callous at best. Chatwin could have chosen not to talk about the coup, instead, he talks about it, through a few stories that tremendously distort what happened.
He did meticulous research into the region's history, in order to find stories of interest, so Chatwin can easily be accused of grave omissions and distortions regarding the contemporary history of the country. I think it essentially kills his book, as a serious work of history and journalism. Without the distortions of the Allende presidency and the fascist coup, the book is amusing and interesting.
He does mention extreme violence from the past where colonizers hunted and massacred Indians and anarchists, but in light of his rendition of Pinochet and company's brutal fascist coup, I tend to think he has a lurid fascination with the Indian slaughters and views them as necessary, in order to civilize the region for Whites.
Nowhere does he actually condemn the slaughters. I felt like the Indians, whose main offense seemed to be stealing sheep, were slaughtered in the same way wolves would be, to keep the flock safe. Chatwin's account of Patagonia is a work of cognitive dissonance and denial, that suggests one can stroll through a country in the midst of political horror and mass repression, and diminish that horror, to make it fit into a scheme of charming stories about eccentrics in a harsh and wild land.
Aug 06, Faiza Sattar rated it liked it Shelves: It fits the bill but in a very awkward and unusual and not altogether pleasing way. In my misanthropic moods, this makes for a more annoying than enjoyable read.
I understand that travel entails an observation of both the scenery and the humans who tread upon that piece of land but the lens of this book is too myopic and focused on the latter.
Upon reaching the second half of the book, I surmised that I was a tad bit interested by the casual purveying of history of the Patagonian land. From the urban legend of Butch Cassidy and his stooges, to the unruly stories of defiance of anarchists and Marxists; from the immigrants settling in from all over Europe to the natives squandering and quarrelling amongst themselves - this unique travelogue bizarre but marvelous in its rendering of the region.
She had once seen Venice and the Bridge of Sighs. She casts her spell. An enchantress! She folds you in her arms and never lets go. For the next two hours he was my Patagonia. Works herself into a state. Seems to think visitors mean housework.
Not the domesticated type. She loves having visitors really. But he had no sense of political organization. The boy from Buenos Aires took his insults for half an hour, then he stood up, exploded and pointed the Indian back to his seat. He scrubbed her and polished her and hung her cab with lace frills. He was a self-centred bachelor, who avoided complications and did little harm to anyone. His standards were Edwardian but he knew how the world changed; how to be one step ahead of change, so as not to change himself.
At first the Indians enjoyed the taste of roast lamb, but soon learned to fear the bigger, brown guanaco and its rider that spat invisible death. From its discovery it had the effect on the imagination something like the Moon, but in my opinion more powerful.
Charles Darwin found its negative qualities irresistible.
His mother cut his umbilical cord with a sharp mussel-shell and rammed his head against her copper-coloured teat. For two years the teat was the centre of his universe. He went everywhere with the teat: A slogan: He was a single male, his coat all muddied and his front gashed with scars. He had been in a fight and lost. Now he also was a sterile wanderer.
Mar 25, Joseph rated it liked it Shelves: 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 paragraphs, are recollections or observances Even though I am a lover of travel and adventure literature, I have never picked up this classic by Bruce Chatwin.
Each chapter, some as short as paragraphs, are recollections or observances or a bit of history about Patagonia and the people who live there.
With the exception of the continued focus on Uncle Charley near the end, most of these chapters were engaging and showed the author's flair for writing about places and people. Where the book fails, though, is that this is not a personal story at all. It's bookended with a piece of hide that the young Chatwin sees in his grandmother's house, supposedly a hide from a pre-historic Patagonian animal that captivates his young mind and imagination. So, although it's something of a quest that takes him there, he never expands upon it, or offers any insight into how his life has been changed, or is changing, by Patagonia.
In fact, there is little personal reflection at all, except the times when he recounted how he walked here and there. One chapter details a hike on a trail through a swampy area with a raging river, which he has to cross naked. Later, he watches the stars, but there's nothing of substance to his doing this. It's rather pedestrian, actually.
Chatwin gives a good portray of Patagonia, enhanced or not, and this book is worth reading. Just don't expect any kind of life lesson to be gleaned from it.
Feb 26, Rex Fuller rated it really liked it. 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 This book is many things. And it is chock full of names of places and peoples and animals and characters. Hardly a sentence lacks one. Or several. During the whole reading you can never say quite how you got there or where you are going. But make no mistake, by the end you feel deep inside that you know the place and its Indians--Onas, Tehuelches, Yampangs-- its waves of immigrants--Spanish, English, German, Boers, Welsh, Scots, Russians and Chinese--and its animals--mylodons he never quite decides if they are extinct , condors, seals, albatrosses, and sheep.
The two words that best describe it are: December's read - In Patagonia 2 6 Dec 07, Readers Also Enjoyed. About Bruce Chatwin. The first one depicts the life of the gauchos of Patagonia with much care and realism, like Darwin did with the populations of South America in The Voyage of the Beagle, though without going into naturalism and ethnology.
But, he likes to see the region with his imagination as well, the same manner he wanted the piece of skin to be a dinosaur's when he was a boy. For instance, the plesiosaurus hunt becomes a fantastic monster quest. Not to mention that the prehistoric marine reptile was originally a creature found in England, near Bristol, and not in South America.
On the contrary, we have already seen that Up was purely fiction. Then, no wonder that even the scientific discoveries offer more a mythical approach to the film than an intellectual interest: Charles F. Muntz, the scientist of the film, was rightfully stricken off the scientific world because he had sent a fake skeleton of a gigantic bird.
He spends his life trying to capture the creature, to prove its existence. However, he is a character of fiction, and so is the colourful wading bird. Neither of them exist. Here, science simply replaces magic and permits Muntz's army of dogs to talk, thanks to their translating collar, or to Fredricksen to make his house fly with balloons.
Thus, it hides the precise location of Paradise Falls and emphasises the mythical aspect of South America. Moreover, the spectator has to forget about technology and scientific proofs to enjoy the movie. Eventually, science is depicted as evil, for it corrupted Muntz and made him the villain of the story. He who claimed 'Adventure is out there! As a Scottish man interested in science, Chatwin probably knew about this theory.
After counting the balloons on screen, he calculated that there would be more than balloons in the film. Scientifically, the house could fly. An instant classic upon publication in , In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Bruce Chatwin reinvented British travel writing with his first book, and followed it with four other books, each unique and extraordinary. He died in Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book! Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you download this book from your favorite retailer.
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