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. mmoonneeyy.info Review. Fascinated by Patagonia since an early childhood lust for Grandma's scrap of hairy Giant Sloth skin, Chatwin's also.
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. Places Patagonia Argentina and Chile. Or several. Can you add one? I feel like the author just wrote down the first thing that came to his head in the order th Magic Square Challenge - 2 - Book Vipers Monthly Read A classic travel memoir that unfortunately failed to infect me with wanderlust.
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According to Susannah Clapp , who edited the book, " Rebecca West amused Chatwin by telling him that these were so good they rendered superfluous the entire text of the book.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Patagonia Cover of the first edition. Dewey Decimal. In Patagonia. Jonathan Cape.
The Literary Encyclopedia. Bruce Chatwin. Under the Sun. In Patagonia, By Bruce Chatwin". The Independent. Retrieved 29 June With Chatwin. This additional 11 days to our itinerary, and un-budgeted expense, met with solid and well defended resistance by my better half. But would we ever be here again? Somehow my persuasion worked and we took the last boat of the season out of Patagonia to a place that was unlike any other I've ever been. Beagle Channel, looking back towards Ushuaia I'll forgive Chatwin's too many references to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and colonial white-man timbre to some of his musings in exchange for reminding me the importance of walking to experience and getting me out of my comfort zone; getting me close enough to high-fin whales and watch seals display their molars.
View all 39 comments. Jan 21, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: I have always been wary of travel writing of a certain type when it drifts into literary colonialism. It is too easy for wealthy white travellers to go to foreign lands in search of the interesting and exotic. There is a good deal of myth surrounding Chatwin and even this book. The whole books starts and finishes with a fossilised piece of skin which Chatwin says he remembers from his childhood.
Family myth said it was from a dinosaur, but in a 2. Family myth said it was from a dinosaur, but in actuality it was from a Giant Sloth. The book is divided into very short chunks, 97 of them in total; Chatwin described the structure in artistic terms as cubist.
What Chatwin does do is spend a good deal of time recounting tales of those who have left their mark on Patagonia; mainly European types who settled there in the nineteenth century. He visits the Welsh community and remnants of communities from other European nations.
Chatwin chases up those who remembered these characters, now often very old. He also has an interest for significant events like strikes and riots and those who recall them. This leaves the reader wondering about the Patagonia of the time which Chatwin appears to neglect. He does have the ability to describe the backdrop well and there are compelling accounts of the landscape. Many of those Chatwin spoke to complained bitterly that he had misrepresented them or even lied; Chatwin admitted that he rearranged events and conflated characters.
There is a little travelogue, but there is as much myth and history.
This makes the whole less easy to define. The reader discovers very little about Chatwin himself and how he relates to those he meets. There are plenty of cowboy myths Butch Cassidy et al and tall tales and I did wonder what was the point of travelling just to look for traces of people from Europe and the US.
This is not really about the people of Patagonia and especially not about the indigenous peoples who Chatwin ridicules in numerous stories. Their oppression and persecution seemed of little moment to Chatwin. I was left wondering what the point of it all was and on reflection I much preferred Patrick Leigh Fermor.
View all 15 comments. Sep 11, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Readable and pleasant. The author, allegedly inspired by schoolboy ponderings over the safest place in a post-nuclear war world and childhood atlas voyages, travels to Patagonia and travels around Welsh settlers, hunts for prehistoric mega beasts said to survive in the wilderness view spoiler [ as apparently they do her and there if you believe all the tales that are told hide spoiler ] and generally comments on the history and cultures of the region.
Complaints from people mentioned in the bo Readable and pleasant.
Complaints from people mentioned in the book revealed that the literary result was fictionalised view spoiler [ shock and horror that a literary writer is not as it turns out a court reporter hide spoiler ]. In adolescence I read this and The Songlines and a few other of Chatwin's books.
Perhaps the true subject of his work was always himself. Reading one passes across the unseen boundary between fiction and non-fiction. I am no longer sure if the finished work is more fiction, a yarn, more Gulliver's Travels than reportage, and does it matter, Patagonia is still there if one wants to see it for yourself.
View all 7 comments. Sep 23, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was a special treat to me as a unique form a travel writing.
The excellent introduction by someone named Shakespeare highlights the special qualities of the book: Was it travel writing? Was it historical fiction? Was it reportage? And was it true—and, if not, did it matter?
It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness. From its discovery it had the effect on the imagination something like the moon, but in my opinion more powerful. I know little about Patagonia, having only encountered it in occasional National Geographic pieces and in books as a remote place of passage by naval explorers and in tales of the 19th century Royal British Navy.
I have some images of it as a place of high plains and semi-desert, but in fact its 1, mile stretch includes diverse ecologies between the lush pampas of Argentina and trailing ridge of the Andes to the cold and windy site of icebergs and penguins of Tierra del Fuego. I get no coherent picture of the place and its peoples from Chatwin, but instead a delightful set of snapshots and vignettes of the motley crew of cultures and characters, present and past, who were drawn to live there.
We encounter surprising communities of Welsh, Scots, and Boers, and odd stories of individual Russians, Germans, and Greeks. Chatwin makes diversions into the history of early explorers, missionaries, and pirates, tales of revolutionaries and anarchists, and generational memories of mining splurges, the growth of sheep farming and ranching enterprises, the sagas of notable naturalists and fossil hunters.
Chatwin has a personal family interest in the discovery of the remains of recently extinct giant sloths. Chatwin plays detective in exploring how their tragic fate may be myth and hoax. His book is largely about interiors that are elsewheres. There is more lightness and playfulness in Chatwin. The people come alive, whether or not the portrayals are accurate. 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.
The resident ornithologist, a severe young man, was studying the migration of the Jackass Penguin. We talked late into the night, arguing whether or not we, too, have journeys mapped out in our central nervous systems; it seemed the only way to account for our insane restlessness. A straight-backed gentleman in his eighties peered through spectacles and grinned. His face was shiny pink and he wore khaki shorts. He had managed a sheep-farm for a big English land company for forty years.
Not at my age. I might never get up. His rules were simple: Keep liquid. Never wait for higher prices. Never use money to show off to your workers. Punta Arenas, Chile, on the Strait of Magellan View all 6 comments.
Sep 05, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: The truly fine-grained books are always impossible to review or describe. Even dragged-out praise leaves most of the best things unnoted.
A copy of In Our Time packed in his rucksack, Chatwin busses from Buenos Aires into Patagonia, tramps around, meets people and collects their stories--much The truly fine-grained books are always impossible to review or describe.
A truly picaresque narrative sensibility rare enough and a curio-cabinet of odd learning Chatwin indeed has, plus an enriching assimilation of those masters of unsettling concision, Mandelstam and Borges. Chatwin has the magic eye. View all 5 comments. Feb 22, Jessica added it.
This was published in , and as I read it, I couldn't help but think of Edward Said's Orientalism, published a year later.
I admit to fantasizing about Said clobbering Chatwin over the head with a large rock. But not before Said had given him some choice words that could not be reduced to faux-Hemingway dialogue. As in the Songlines, you have a traveler who is more obsessed with traveling than the places he travels to, or the people he meets. There are so many vignettes in this, some with fab This was published in , and as I read it, I couldn't help but think of Edward Said's Orientalism, published a year later.
There are so many vignettes in this, some with fabulous characters, but none of these are developed as the narrative lurches about like a penguin on acid. So alright, I get it, the narrative is kind of like travel itself - you're never fully oriented.
But that's what a writer is for. Orient me. And speaking of the Orient View 1 comment. Jul 13, Kavita rated it it was ok Shelves: I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn more about Argentina and Argentinians.
After all, that's the country where this book is set and travel memoirs are usually great for an outsider's view of a place. Silly me! After reading this book, no one would fault the reader for thinking that Argentina was located somewhere in Europe.
Chatwin deals exclusively with the European immigrants of various nationalities and some Americans in his travels around Patagonia. There are a however, a couple of smal I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn more about Argentina and Argentinians.
There are a however, a couple of small chapters about the local Yaghan tribals as well as some passing references to the "peons" seriously? How lucky could I get? A worse crime is that Chatwin is boring. Though a couple of his subjects like the adventures of the Wild Bunch gang from the US were interesting, most of the subjects chosen were boring. Some were eccentric enough to allow me to continue reading, but I almost quit when Chatwin went on and on about some British sailor chap called Charley for what appeared at the time to be millions of pages.
The trip to Patagonia comes about when Chatwin sets out to find a piece of the mylodon skin. As a child, his grandmother had a piece of this skin, sent as a souvenir by an eccentric brother of hers. Chatwin grew up thinking it was from a Brontosaurus, but it turned out to be from a mylodon, and he plans a trip to see if he too could unearth something similar. This premise promised to be interesting but the mylodon story thread completely disappears until the very last chapter when Chatwin succeeds in his mission.
The author appears to have chosen his subjects at random. There is no flow to the narrative, and all the random people he meets are just ships that pass through in the night. We never get to know much about most of these characters. They disappear as soon as they appear, and never come back again. The book is arranged in a row of random snippets that would be better suited to weekly publishing in a magazine or on a blog.
I don't know why this stream of consciousness travel memoir is considered such a classic and a must-read on Argentina. I did not learn a single thing about the country, its nature, its politics, its people, or its culture.
All I learned was that Chatwin can't write a travelogue for nuts! Probabilmente l'ho letto troppo tardi, per poterlo amare intensamente.
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Jun 30, Jonfaith rated it really liked it. Suffering from emotional bumps and bruises I needed a holiday. My brother Tim sent me a voucher so that I could fly to San Francisco for free. I was grateful. It was cold and gray but I was in San Francisco. One afternoon I found myself footsore and starving. I up a block crossed the street and discovered a book shop. Ducking in, I was pleased with their selection.
I bought In Patagonia and went down th Suffering from emotional bumps and bruises I needed a holiday. I bought In Patagonia and went down the block to the Thai restauant.
Ordering a half liter of house red and pad thai with tofu I opened the book. My food was cold before I put the book down. I chugged the wine and gnoshed as best I could. I hurried to catch my train. Flushed from the wine and my sprint.
I opened the book again, when a man seated across asked me if Chatwin was Australian. I told him I didn't think so but he wrote abook about the Outback titled Songlines. The man smiled. His name was Michel and he was from France and in California on holiday. His right hand was in a cast. We shook left hands and wished each other good travels.
View 2 comments. Bruce Chatwin baulked at being called a travel writer and reading this I can see why. Part-literature, part-history, the slender volume is packed full of diverse and disparate characters and episodes. Then there is the flying off of tangents- satisfying tangents that entrench you in histories of..
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid the Patagonian years , the mylodon and other prehistoric beasts, Simon Radowitzky, the search for Trapalanda a version of Eldorado , the creation of an extraordinar Bruce Chatwin baulked at being called a travel writer and reading this I can see why.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid the Patagonian years , the mylodon and other prehistoric beasts, Simon Radowitzky, the search for Trapalanda a version of Eldorado , the creation of an extraordinary dictionary of native Indian language in the nineteenth century, the wooing of people's will by anarchists, Marxists, Catholics, protestants. Above all, the book is a record of immigrants from all over the world, ex-pat communities and more often than not ex-pat hermits, trapped in a hostile environment with the trappings of their past surrounding them, some loathing their lives, others held in a thrall, as if Patagonia has bewitched them with its end-of-the-earth brutal beauty.
The author writes in his signature detached style, adding a perfect power to everything he describes. Whether being lectured to by a dying 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. It is a book about his own personal quest and it is wonderfully alive.
Jul 19, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not a travelogue, in any normal sense.