Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile

Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile

by Sara Wheeler

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ISBN-13: 9780375753657
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Series: Modern Library Series
Edition description: MODERN LIB
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 226,951
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sara Wheeler is the author of many books of biography and travel, including Access All Areas: Selected Writings 1990–2011 and Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through ChileTerra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica was an international bestseller that The New York Times described as "gripping, emotional" and "compelling," and The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle was chosen as Book of the Year by Michael Palin and Will Self, among others. Wheeler lives in London.

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Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
allison.sivak on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Sara Wheeler has such a light touch in her writing. But she also has control. She points out times when she is upset by injustice, such as her story of the slums of Santiago with feeling. Then she recounts the story of a group of rich foreigners commanding a city bus and forcing the passengers off for 20 pounds sterling, without making any comment of how this affected the lives of regular bus passengers. I had a much greater sense of her living a journey of "extreme travel" than I did in the one on Antarctica.
legan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Awful - just plain awful. She whined and complained about everything... The only time she was happy or appreciative was when she was drinking. Chile's magnificence seeps through, but not enough to justify traveling along with her as a bitter companion. She makes Anthony Bourdain look like Mr. Rogers. She really is that bad.. and she should be totally ashamed of herself for taking such an adventure and reducing it down to being "all about her".
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