The Motorcycle Diaries

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The Motorcycle Diaries is a personal account of the younger days of the Marxist revolutionary, Ernesto Che Guevara. The book takes readers along with Che on a journey through the South American landscape. The Motorcycle Diaries covers Che Guevara s South American journey, which changed his perspective towards life and infused the first traces of communist ideals in him. The book is set in the year 1952, when Ernesto Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado decide to take a break from their studies and go on a journey through South America. They undertake this journey on a 1939 model rton 500 cc motorcycle, La Poderosa (The Mighty One). Their journey brings them in contact with a wide variety of people, and they meet miners, lepers, communists, and even descendants of Incans, while witnessing the poverty and injustice in the Latin American countries. During the course of their journey, they encounter many people who entirely change Guevara s views, as he is influenced by the communist activities around him. Getting to see the problems in the continent as a result of imperial oppression, the determination to side with the communists and the people takes hold of Guevara s mind. He becomes disillusioned with the idea of becoming a doctor, and decides that what the region needs is not medical healers, but people who can bring about social changes by force or otherwise. The self-narrated account shows Che s gradual evolution from being a fun-loving young man to a man with a greater purpose.

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The film tie-in edition of the established modern classic.

In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on 'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Che Guevara.

Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's diaries – full of disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy and laddish improvisations. During his travels through Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Che's main concerns are where the next drink is coming from, where the next bed is to be found and who might be around to share it. Che becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike.

Within a decade the whole world would know his name. His trip might have been an adventure of a lifetime – had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure..

Review:

‘It’s true; Marxists just wanna have fun.’ Guardian

‘Politically-correct revolutionary hero? Perhaps a few years later, but in this account Che Guevara comes over as one of the lads.’ Bike News

'What distinguishes these diaries is that they reveal a human side to El Che which historians have successfully managed to suppress...one senses El Che's belief that determination and conviction can be enough to change one's self and others... a joy to read from start to finish.' Financial Times

'Political incorrectness galore...this book should do much to humanise the image of a man who found his apotheosis as a late Sixties cultural icon. It is also, incidentally, a remarkably good travel book about South America.' Scotsman

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