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The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Insight Into The Formation of the Great Revolutionary

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 ...
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.

posted by Dale44 on August 24, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

BORING

First off, the motorcycle doesn't last past about page twenty. Second, these guys are vandalous little thieves. Third, Che isn't much of a storyteller. I just can't bother to say more. Don't bother with this book.

posted by Anonymous on December 1, 2005

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    Posted September 24, 2012

    Great read for curious people

    Makes you want more in a wa

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