The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara (subtitled Notes on a Latin American Journey) is a monumental memoir by the iconic and legendary Cuban revolutionary figure. The book captures 23-year-old Che Guevara’s experience when he went in an enlightening motorbike adventure out of his home country, Argentina. He explored places in South America where he witnessed injustice and exploitation on the people. This revelation then inspired the young physician to dedicate himself in the Cuban revolution.
Cover and Details of The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara (PDF)
- Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
- Author: Ernesto Che Guevara
- Publisher: Ocean Press
- Date Published: August 1, 2003
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1876175702
- ISBN-13: 9781876175702
Summary of the Book
In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking.
This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che‘s own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs. For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being “political correct,” which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che‘s death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.
Reviews of The Motorcycle Diaries
“Das Kapital meets Easy Rider.” —Times Magazine
“A Latin American James Dean or Jack Kerouac.” —Washington Post
“An extraordinary first-person account. … It redoubles his image and lends a touch of humanity with enough rough edges to invite controversy.” —Los Angeles Times
“This candid journal, part self-discovery, part fieldwork, glimmers with portents of the future revolutionary.” —Publishers’ Weekly
“A revolutionary bestseller… It’s true, Marxists just wanna have fun.” —Guardian
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