Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The motorcycle diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Rating: 3.5/5
Finished On: 5th of December 2013




In 1952 Ernesto Che guevara with his friend Alberto Granado decided to travel through Latin America on Alberto's bike La Pedorosa- the mighty one. This book is the account of that journey. In the beginning of this journey Ernesto was  just a 23 year old guy who was studying to be doctor and who wanted a little adventure before finishing his medical degree. But this journey made him acquainted with the conditions of his countrymen lives,that was marred with poverty and dejection.

This is supposed to starting point from which Ernesto Che Guevara became what he is now and here it was shown that he expressed his idea of a united Latin America for the first time. The book was an entertaining read and i loved the descriptions of the lives of people. It really showed that the guy cared about the people.
The book clearly depicted his transformation from a happy go lucky guy to a mature man.

The only problem that i face was in the description of the Inca religion and the other monuments. I couldn't connect to it as i'm not Latin American. So in a way it was my problem as i couldn't relate to the references made in the book.But the description of poor and their sufferings were no different then the sufferings of the people here. It makes one realize that we may be culturally different, we may speak in a different language but our essential core is same and that transcends the cultural and religious differences.
But apart from that i really liked the book and i would be looking more into of this man who gave so much unifying his people.

You can find the book at the following links:
flipkart link : The motorcycle diaries
the motor cycle diaries-homeshop 18
amazon link- the motor cycle diaries

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