The Condor and the Cows: A South American Travel Diary

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In September 1947, long before mass tourism and with no knowledge of Spanish, Christopher Isherwood and his lover Bill Caskey left for a six-month tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Isherwood's account of this journey, The Condor and the Cows, is one of very few classic travel books on South America and was among the books Isherwood considered his best.Based on his trip journal and loosely structured by the vagaries of his travels, these pages give us an Isherwood who dreams of voluntary ...
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Overview

In September 1947, long before mass tourism and with no knowledge of Spanish, Christopher Isherwood and his lover Bill Caskey left for a six-month tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Isherwood's account of this journey, The Condor and the Cows, is one of very few classic travel books on South America and was among the books Isherwood considered his best.Based on his trip journal and loosely structured by the vagaries of his travels, these pages give us an Isherwood who dreams of voluntary exile in the tropical paradise of Curaçao and dines out on stories of Nazis in Berlin, missionaries in China, and movie stars in Hollywood. He describes the surprising and sometimes unnerving people and places he encounters through telling, cinematic details-of Inca drinking vessels, the Spanish colonial city of Cuzco (which he calls "one of the most beautiful monuments to bigotry and sheer brutal stupidity in the whole world"), a bullfight in Bogotá, the towering ruins of Machu Picchu. Unsentimental, rich, and wonderfully rendered, this expanded edition includes additional photographs by Bill Caskey and a new foreword by Jeffrey Meyers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816639823
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 801,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
To the Reader 3
The Voyage Out 7
Up the River 23
In Bogota 44
The Road to Ecuador 60
Oil in the Jungle 81
Into Peru 102
Lima and Arequipa 122
On the Plateau 142
Titicaca and La Paz 159
The City and the Plains 183
Some Thoughts in Buenos Aires 200
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