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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 retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”—that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.
LibraryThing Review Absorbing travel notes on a remote and little known region of the world.
LibraryThing Review Descriptions spare and vivid, but overall style too laconic. Good on descriptions of all the European “exiles” though – highlights the key details of their lives through what they surround themselves with.
LibraryThing Review A great travel book. So many amazing people and places. This is really fascinating. I loved the part about the Welsh community.
LibraryThing Review A remote part of the world wih its own ghosts and legends–Chatwin is extroverted and chatty
LibraryThing Review I heard that this is considered classic travel writing, and maybe that means that it was groundbreaking once, or that it’s a catalog of things to avoid in the future. In some parts, it reads like a journal, and some parts like a research paper — but none of it is particularly compelling.
LibraryThing Review A classic in travel literature. If not for a weak ending a certain 4.5 and maybe a r. New place and history, vignettes on peoples lives, great writing that wasn’t focused on himself. Loved the Charley Milward story. Looking forwrd to Songlines.
LibraryThing Review I have decided I prefer history to travelogues. Although Bruce Chatwin writes well, I could not interest myself in his travel experiences or the personalities he encountered. However, his historical
LibraryThing Review This book brings postmodernism to the traditional travelogue, in that rather than a single seamless narrative we get anecdotal splices of events and impressions. At first, this style proved exciting
Review: In Patagonia (Penguin Classics) It took me a while to warm up to this book, but about a third of the way through it I suddenly found myself enthralled. It is just a string of vignettes, of short tales and impressions that connect or
The Viceroy of Ouidah
Bruce Chatwin s debut novel Conrad s Heart of Darkness seen through a microscope The Atlantic In this vivid powerful novel Chatwin tells of Francisco Manoel de Silva a poor Brazilian adventurer who sails to Dahomey in West Africa to trade for slaves and amass his fortune His plans exceed his dreams and soon he is the Viceroy of Ouidah master of all slave trading in Dahomey But the ghastly business of slave trading and the open savagery of life in Dahomey slowly consume Manoel s wealth and sanity
What Am I Doing Here?
In this text Bruce Chatwin writes of his father of his friend Howard Hodgkin and of his talks with Andre Malraux and Nadezhda Mandelstram He also follows unholy grails on his travels such as the rumour of a wolf boy in India or the idea of looking for a Yeti
Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989
Although he is best known for his luminous reports from the farthest flung corners of the earth Bruce Chatwin possessed a literary sensibility that reached beyond the travel narrative to span a world of topics from art and antiques to archaeology and architecture This spirited collection of previously neglected or unpublished essays articles short stories travel sketches and criticism represents every aspect and period of Chatwin s career as it reveals an abiding theme in his work his fascination with and hunger for the peripatetic existence While Chatwin s poignant search for a suitable place to hang his hat his compelling arguments for the nomadic alternative his revealing fictional accounts of exile and the exotic and his wickedly en pointe social history of Capri prove him to be an excellent observer of social and cultural mores Chatwin s own restlessness his yearning to be on the move glimmers beneath every surface of this dazzling body of work
Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin
Wonderful the closest we are ever going to get to a Chatwin autobiography William Dalrymple The Times Literary Supplement London The celebrated author of such beloved works as In Patagonia and The Songlines Bruce Chatwin was a nomad whose desire for adventure and enlightenment was made wholly evident by his writing This marvelous selection of letters to his wife to his parents and to friends including Patrick Leigh Fermor James Ivory and Paul Theroux reveals a passionate man and a storyteller par excellence Written with the verve and sharpness of expression that first marked him as an author of singular talent Chatwin s letters provide a window into his remarkable life and strikingly detailed insights regarding his literary ambitions and tastes