Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile

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Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide—not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom, from the driest desert in the world to the sepulchral wastes of Antarctica. Eloquent, astute, nimble with history and deftly amusing, Travels in a Thin Country established Sara Wheeler as one of the very best travel writers in the ...

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Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide—not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom, from the driest desert in the world to the sepulchral wastes of Antarctica. Eloquent, astute, nimble with history and deftly amusing, Travels in a Thin Country established Sara Wheeler as one of the very best travel writers in the world.

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"Notably well written, perceptive, lively and sympathetic.  Sara Wheeler is very well worth reading." —Daily Telegraph

"She is a marvelous writer—funny, elegant and observant.  As a traveling companion, Sara Wheeler is shrewd and amusing and likeable and well informed . . . not just a good but an outstanding travel writer." —The Oldie

"Always lively and informative, sketching in the history with a light but sure touch . . . she admirably conveys the mood of contemporary Chile." —The New Statesman

"A gifted writer with a knack for discovering the unexpected . . . Ms. Wheeler is a writer with attitude." —The Hindu

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375753657
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Edition description: MODERN LIB
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 695,927
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2002

    Your (political) slip is showing, Sara...

    I lived in Chile for a couple of years, at about the same time that Sara Wheeler was travelling around that country collecting material for this book. Wheeler is a good travel writer; I enjoyed reading 'Travels in a Thin Country', and it brought back many pleasant memories of my time and travels there, and of all of my Chilean friends. However, I think that at times, her left-of-center political orientation is like some prism she's looking through that influences everything she observes. Like so many Europeans of her political stripe, she seems rather overly obsessed with former military strongman Gen. Pinochet; it's as if he's her personal boogieman, stalking her across the pages and chapters. (I recall one instance where she describes a Chilean naval vessel sitting peacefully at anchor in a naval base as 'sinister-looking'--what's so 'sinister' about a ship!?) Lastly, for all her effusive and florid description of the magnificent Chilean landscape, the Chileans themselves are seldom portrayed in a very positive light--it's almost as if she thinks Chile would be paradise on Earth if it just weren't for all the Chileans there! I advise readers to travel to Chile themselves and discover all of its wonders--including its people.

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