The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

by Ernesto Che Guevara, Aleida Guevara

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Overview

The New York Times best-selling book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL

The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times best seller. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspective on the man and the icon.

"A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, ‘I’ turned into ‘we’.”--Eduardo Galeano

"When I read these notes for the first time, I was quite young myself and I immediately identified with this man who narrated his adventures in such a spontaneous manner... To tell you the truth, the more I read, the more I was in love with the boy my father had been."--Aleida Guevara

“Our film is about a young man, Che, falling in love with a continent and finding his place in it.” --Walter Salles, director of “The Motorcycle Diaries.”

“As his journey progresses, Guevara’s voice seems to deepen, to darken, colored by what he witnesses in his travels. He is still poetic, but now he comments on what he sees, though still poetically, with a new awareness of the social and political ramifications of what’s going on around him.”--January Magazine

Also available in Spanish: DIARIOS DE MOTOCICLETA

Features of this edition include:

--A preface by Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida--Introduction by Cintio Vintier, well-known Latin American poet--Photos&maps from the original journey--Che’s personal reflections on his formative years: “A child of my environment.”

Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center, Havana


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987077950
Publisher: Ocean Press
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 284,258
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ernesto Che Guevara was a leading member of the revolutionary government in Cuba after 1959. He was appointed Minister of Industry and later, as head of the Cuban National Bank, his simple signature of "Che" on Cuba's banknotes angered the heads of international banks and finance capital who considered it a denigration of his office. · Aleida Guevara is the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatric specialist in childhood allegies in a Havana hospital and is a spokesperson for the anti-globalization movement.

Table of Contents

Preface, by Aleida Guevara March

Preface to the first edition, by Aleida March

Ernesto Che Guevara

Brief chronology of Ernesto Che Guevara

Map and Itinerary of The Motorcycle Diaries

Introduction, by Cintio Vitier

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

So we understand each other

Forewarnings

The discovery of the ocean

...Lovesick pause

Breaking the last tie

For the flu: bed

San Martin de los Andes

Circular exploration

Dear Mama

The seven lakes road

And now, I feel my great roots unearth, free and...

Curious objects

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The Motorcycle Diaries (Film Tie-in Edition): Notes on a Latin American Journey 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Dale44 More than 1 year ago
This book is essential for anyone who really wants to understand the formative years of this great revolutionary. It should be read for its substance, not just as a casual read. Che was an incredibly intelligent man with a great desire to help mankind, regardless of whether you agree with the path that this desire led him down or not. We could all argue that topic ad infinitum. Although I don't agree with his political leanings of his later life, I still consider him a great and caring man. At the time that he and his friend started this odyssey he was a very young man with a young man's shallow motivations. However, you can see him maturing very quickly as the book progresses. This book should be read by people of like feelings. I'm not talking teens or twenty-somethings with a tee-shirt of his famous iconic photo; the same kids that are rebels without a clue; the ones who rebel against the system at the same time that they're going to a great college at someone else's expense, drive a good car, walk around with their North Face packs and iPods, and have never known hunger or brutal racism. I guess that this book moved me because I've spent a huge amount of time over the last decade traveling all around Latin America. I've been in every country in South America many times and most of the countries in Central America at least a time or two each. I've seen the have and have-not cultures there, the abject racism, and the paralyzing poverty of the same peoples and cultures that Che addresses. I guess that's why I identified so closely with this book. On some of these trips I'm accompanied by other U.S. citizens. Quite frankly I'm sickened by their arrogance and better-than-thou attitudes when they see the indigenous peoples begging on street corners in Quito or Lima or La Paz. They don't just limit this to the indigenous people; they also apply it to the more modern citizens of this great continent. Gringos love to bask in their perceived superiority. They see South America through the eyes of people who have no idea of the vast range of cultures that I've had the privilege of seeing in my travels. As I get older I have no patience for the whining that I hear constantly from my fellow U.S. citizens. Examine our own history closely: the true history, not the mythological junk that they teach you in high school in order to train you keep your mouth shut and pay your taxes. Then read this book and think, "There but for the grace of God go I". Only a few lucky breaks in our history saved us from a very similar fate.
Lezmajz46 More than 1 year ago
How this murdered is so praise today? OH.. let's go with Hitler now
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Carolina_Felix More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing journey, beautifully translated into words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book "The Motorcycle Diaries" by Ernesto Guevara is a diary on his journey throughout Latin America. This was published by Ocean Press. In this story a young man, Ernesto "Che" Guevara embarks on a journey across South America with his traveling companion, Alberto. Che Guevara was a young Argentine who felt empty at his home. This journey was exactly what he was searching for, a drastic change. The two begin their travels on a motorcycle, but the bike's life was abruptly ended by the harsh Latin American terrain. This proved to be a precursor to the road ahead. It was filled with short stops and sudden drops. The majority of the book simply details the way Alberto and Che saunter throughout the South American countries cheating their way to a soft bed and hot food. "How much we eat depends on how we judge the candidate's face. All in all, this is a highly refined technique." (131) The two present themselves as nothing short of homeless. The landscape is described as breathtaking and the difference between the countries to be miraculous. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It revealed a great deal about the young revolutionary. It provides a lot of insight into the mind of Che Guevara, this journey drastically changed Che's opinions towards society and the world around it. His career path was a direct result from this journey. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious as to Che's history. To those who do not distinguish Che Guevara from a hole in the wall, I would not recommend this book.
A_Saint_Croix More than 1 year ago
The Motorcycle Diaries, a epic journal, written by Ernesto Che Guevara, is a diary of the author from his journey on an old Norton motorcycle through South America. The book starts in 1952 Buenos Aires, Argentina where Che leaves for his journey to explore more of his home continent. He meets a large spectrum of people on his travels. He sees copper miners, and Native Indians who have lived in the area for 1000¿s of years. He also meets some tourists of tell him of their troubles during their stay. The book is a spiritual and inspiring chapter in South American life that will uplift you and make you want to go out on your own journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I higggghly reccomend this book. It was funny and interesting and hard to put down. Che was actually funny! You don't need to know anything about him or his legacy to appreciate this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is quite a read!! Quite interestingto find out how Che formed his early beliefs while on a journey with his best friend. For anyone who disliked Che, this book will change your opinion of him. As for the reviewer DRH, He is a software engineer who would rather read something dull like Microsoft Windows 2006 a tutorial!! Ha ha!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a life-changing. The movie combines witty humor with poignant beauty. However, the best thing about this movie Che's love for the human spirit. The movie does a remarkable job of showing his compassion and his maturation process. The subtitles are easy to read, and the music is fantastic. I recommend it strongly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you get to see the transformation between ernesto and che.
Guest More than 1 year ago
*Che Guevara, there is much to say about this man and the way he changed people's lives. But what about before he was famous? This book, The Motorcycle Diaries, is an adventure that Ernesto Guevara took, along with his friend Alberto Granado, across South America. The means in which they start their journey is that of spontaneity. At that time, December of 1951, Guevara is at medical school learning to become a doctor. He and Alberto had just quit their jobs and decided to go to South America on Alberto¿s Norton 500 motorcycle called ¿La Poderosa II¿. In their travels they come across many diverse people living in conditions neither of them had ever seen before, as well as some that they have. Indians, lepers, so many people who show them a different world not seen by any, save the one¿s living there themselves. Argentina, Chile, Peru, through hot deserts, hitchhiking when they could, Columbia, Venezuela, fighting hunger as well as their desire to give up, but all the while never wanting to stop. This is the story of Ernesto Che Guevara, and his journey across America. *I read this book and can hardly comprehend the feelings Guevara has on the expedition through South America. I think that it is hard for anyone to leave the place they call ¿home¿ to go explore the worlds around them. He doesn¿t have the trip all planned out, doesn¿t know where he will sleep or if he will be able to find something to eat. I think because of that ¿improvisation¿, Guevara shows how strong his will is and how much worrying about something won¿t change anything unless you try yourself to change it. You may have realized it by now but I really like this book and recommend it to any and all who want to read a story about a journey, life altering to a man who tries to change what he believes must be changed.
bung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this after a return from Cuba. It was an interesting story of a great revolutionary.
mflowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book in read was ¿Motorcycle Diaries¿ by Ernesto ¿Che¿ Guevara. The book was good, but could have overall been better. In some parts of the book, I could not put down the book. In other parts of the book, I felt as though I just wanted to return it to the library. The story tells how to Argentinean men, Ernesto Guevara and his friend Alberto traveled through South America on their motorcycle; they named La Poderosa II. Through the book they are visiting many countries, sometimes looking for different places to stay and eat. They often found places to eat, and drink a lot. They often were invited to parties, where they were kicked out most of the time. Throughout the book they are faced with many problems. Most of the problems that they faced involved their motorcycle. Whether it was breaking down, or had trouble getting through the rough terrain. Some of their other problems included food and shelter. Often, their motorcycle would break down, and they would have to find a place to stay right then, and if they didn¿t they had to sleep on the road. Along with food and shelter, they had deep money problem, which they were very often low on.I would recommend this book for an older audience, or one with a lot of patience. I would recommend this book for an audience with a lot of patience because this is not the most entertaining book, so it takes someone with a lot of patience to read through the whole thing. I recommended this for an older audience because this is not the easiest book to understand, it had many parts were I did not I understand what they were talking about.
xiuhcoatl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of my favorite books of all time. While it can be a little slow at times, I feel it encompasses the feelings of life- that is happiness, boredom, failure, and triumph...
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting peek at a young revolutionary in development. Guevara's prose is spare and captivating, but his view on native people leaves a bit to be desired. Still, this work makes humanizes Guevara after he's become so much of an icon.
chriscapoccia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Motorcycle Diaries show Che before he was the Marxist revolutionary; when he was just an ordinary guy on a road trip through South America; when his conscience was being awakened by poverty and inequality. Each journal entry is a compelling self-contained story, but the entries are somewhat disjointed from each other. Anyway, it makes for good bathroom reading as the chapters are short. There really isn't any ending, so the editor closed the book with a speech given eight years later, after Che had become a key figure in the Cuban revolution.
markusnenadovus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not necessarily a fan of Che's ideology, but this book is good and worth a read whether or not you adhere to marxism!The book is not very ideological (since it was before he became a revolutionary), and is basically just a compelling narrative of the fun, struggles, and learning that Che and a friend experience as travelling across Latin America. What it does do, though, is provide some framework for understanding what happened later on in Guevara's life, he definately saw a lot of life changing things throughout his trip.I was able to relate to their experiences and I found it hard to put the book down. One of the funniest things in this book is thier polished way of coning people into buying them food and a drink when they had run out of cash.
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