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This work established his reputation as a travel writer. The whole books starts and finishes with a fossilised piece of skin which Patagnoia says he remembers from his childhood.

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In Patagonia

This travelogue gives a flavour of South America with snipits of history, culture and food liberally sprinkled throughout the narrative. It appeared at a rich literary moment, when both reportage and the novel were beginning to fly high in new directions.

Jun 30, Jonfaith rated it really liked it. Sep 11, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: This book was a special treat to me as a unique form a travel writing. He went everywhere with the teat: I opened the book again, when a man seated across asked me if Chatwin was Australian.

Secondly, there is an odd lack of scenery.

Along the way, he met settlers from far and wide, including Boers, Lithuanians, Germans, Levantines, Spaniards, Salesian priests and Scottish farmers. Chatwin described In Patagonia chatwij “the narrative of an actual journey and a symbolic one Their oppression and persecution seemed of little moment to Chatwin.

Chatwin deals exclusively with the European immigrants of various nationalities and some Americans in his travels around Patagonia. Patagonia is that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, the major part of which is Argentina and the rest, Chile.


Full of interesting characters, vivid descriptions, wry humor, a surprising amount of erudition, this book is a gem. All too much, you might think, too exquisite.

Jan 17, Joseph rated it it was ok. Whether being lectured to by a cyatwin priest detailing the magic of the area, the unfound remnants of unicorn bones, or recounting the story of Jemmy Button, a young native kidnapped and taken to England to be gentrified before being returned to his tribe, he writes without judgement and with sympathy.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid play as great a role greater, in fact as do the penguins ptagonia condors Between excursions, he stayed at estancias along the way, enjoying the home comforts and eccentric company.

So, although it’s something of a lq 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. But he had no sense of political organization. Among the items it contained was a “piece of brontosaurus ” actually a mylodona giant slothwhich had been chstwin to Chatwin’s grandmother by her cousin Charles Amherst Milward.

Utzwas a novel about the obsession that leads people to collect. 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.

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It was the day before I left for my vacation to South America that I learned about this book. There are a however, a couple of smal I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn more about Argentina and Argentinians.

For the next two hours he was my Patagonia. All I learned was that Chatwin can’t write a travelogue for nuts! There is no flow to the narrative, and all the random people he meets are just ships that pass through in the night. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.


He was a single male, his coat all muddied and his front gashed with scars. The memory of it lived on in Chatwin’s imagination and was the spark that made him give up his Patagonia defies definition. It was clearly not a novel, but it flirted with fiction.

I have always been wary of travel writing of a certain type when it drifts into literary colonialism. I bought In Patagonia and went down th Suffering from emotional bumps and bruises I needed a holiday.

In Patagonia | Bruce Chatwin – Adelphi Edizioni

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.

He does have the ability to describe the backdrop well and there are compelling accounts of the landscape.

I first met Chatwin in the drought summer of I stayed at the Estacion de Biologia Marina with a party of scientists who dug enthusiastically for sandworms and squabbled about the Latin names for seaweed. I understand that travel entails an observation of both the scenery and the humans who tread upon that piece of land but patafonia lens of this book is too myopic and focused on the latter.

Away from the cliffs was the desert.