The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de Motocicleta) is a memoir that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, then a. Start by marking “The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey” as Want to Read: The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times bestseller. See all 6 questions about The Motorcycle Diaries. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Argentine revolutionary Ernesto " Che" Guevara The New York Times best-selling book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL. The young Che Guevara's lively and highly .

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The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey [Ernesto Che The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL NOW A NEW. Book Review: The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara. "Travelling changes us in a way or another. Sometimes we are aware of that. New Man, in The Motorcycle Diaries we see the formative man. It redoubles his image about this book is that Che Guevara is never a bore. It satisfies both as.

Guevara suffers a bout of flu but recovers. After leaving Argentina, they make their way to Chile by boat. In Chile, they are local celebrities due to their work on leprosy; a newspaper article about them and their adventures secures them lodging and food many times while they are in Chile.


Guevara attends to a poor sick woman and reflects on how she is like all suffering and dying poor people, and how the government ought to spend more money on socially useful things rather than touting their own power. In order to avoid traveling in the desert, the men decide to sneak aboard a ship because they cannot afford to pay for passage. They manage to carry this off by hiding in the privy, which stinks so badly that they have to announce themselves to the captain.

They are allowed to stay and work. In their last weeks in Chile, they visit copper mines, lakes, arid stretches of brush, and the charming town of Arica.

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Guevara is impressed when he reflects on how Spanish explorers of the past carried out their conquests in places like this. He also compares Chile to Argentina, noting that the former is struggling much more than the latter.

This gave us a chance to become familiar with the people. We worked, took on jobs to make money and continue traveling. We hauled merchandise, carried sacks, worked as sailors, cops and doctors.

As a result, he began to develop a fraternity with the indigenous campesinos. In March they both arrived at the Peruvian Tacna. In May they arrived in Lima , Peru and during this time Guevara met doctor Hugo Pesce , a Peruvian scientist, director of the national leprosy program, and an important local Marxist.

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They discussed several nights until the early morning and years later Che identified these conversations as being very important for his evolution in attitude towards life and society. During his stay Guevara complained about the miserable way the people and sick of that region had to live.

Guevara also swam once from the side of the site River where the doctors stayed, to the other side of the river where the leper patients lived, a considerable distance of 4 kilometres 2. He describes how there were no clothes, almost no food, and no medication.

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However, Guevara was moved by his time with the lepers , remarking that "All the love and caring just consist on coming to them without gloves and medical attire, shaking their hands as any other neighbor and sitting together for a chat about anything or playing football with them. The raft was a gift from the lepers whom they had treated After giving consultations and treating patients for a few weeks, Guevara and Granado left aboard the Mambo-Tango raft shown for Leticia, Colombia via the site River.

He also goes on to describe the atmosphere as "tense" and "suffocating" even hypothesizing that "a revolution may be brewing". Guevara was correct in his prognostication, as a military coup in would take place, bringing General Gustavo Rojas to power. Later that month Guevara arrived in Caracas , Venezuela and from there decided to return to Buenos Aires to finish his studies in medical science. However, prior to his return, he travelled by cargo plane to Miami , where the airplane's technical problems delayed him one month.

To survive, he worked as a waiter and washed dishes in a Miami bar. Although he admitted throughout that as a vagabond traveler he could only see things at surface level, he did attempt to delve beneath the sheen of the places he visited. On one occasion he went to see a woman dying of tuberculosis, leaving appalled by the failings of the public health system.

This experience led him to ruminate the following reflection: "How long this present order, based on the absurd idea of caste, will last is not within my means to answer, but it's time that those who govern spent less time publicizing their own virtues and more money, much more money, funding socially useful works.

His travels and readings throughout this journey also led him to view Latin America not as a group of separate nations, but as a single entity requiring a continent-wide strategy for liberation from what he viewed as imperialist and neo-colonial domination. His conception of a borderless, united, Hispanic-America sharing a common ' mestizo ' bond, was a theme that would prominently recur during his later activities and transformation from Ernesto the traveler, into Che Guevara the iconic revolutionary.

Transformation[ edit ] A year-old Ernesto Guevara lying on the balcony of his family's home in Buenos Aires I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people. Recalling that they shared everything with the sick people and describing Guevara's wave on departure as follows: "I got the impression that Che was saying goodbye to institutional medicine and becoming a doctor of the people".

Guevara allegedly replied "Revolution without firing a shot? You're crazy? But already in the s, his family worked on his unpublished manuscripts, and a Cuban publishing house brought out The Motorcycle Diaries for the first time in He also points out that the Union of Young Communists brought out an edition, with another to be published by the Che Guevara Studies Center.

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Furthermore, he has given an assurance that its publication has the support of many people including Fidel Castro. This edition is edited and translated by Alexandra Keeble. Editing[ edit ] Some observers have questioned the full veracity of the work based on its editing.If you don't know about book crossing then go to http: Ernesto leaves Argentina an unconscious and idealistic boy and returns a cynical and wiser man.

He was determined and daring. In reference to his experience in Chile , Guevara also writes: They are barely off on the first leg of their journey when they are offered a shed to sleep in for the night and warned that a puma is active in the vicinity.

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