En LA Patagonia (Spanish Edition) [Bruce Chatwin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘Does anyone read Bruce Chatwin these days?” asked Blake Morrison, reviewing his letters seven years ago. Well, someone must: nearly When I first visited Patagonia in , Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia was After stopovers in Buenos Aires and La Plata, Chatwin’s Patagonian.
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In fact, there is little personal reflection at all, except the times when he recounted how he walked here and there. They disappear as soon as they appear, and never come back again. A copy of In Our Time packed in his rucksack, Chatwin busses from Buenos Aires into Patagonia, tramps around, meets people and collects their stories–much The truly fine-grained books are always lq to review or describe. Chatwin mentions the stories of people that spend time, too much time, patagoniz the fierce desolation of Patagonia and don’t escape with their lives.
As with the landlady episode, Chatwin focuses on an unsubstantiated violent aspect of the democratically-elected Marxists, in a country of thousands of verifiable deaths and tortures by the Pinochet junta.
Punta Arenas, Chile, on the Strait of Magellan Where the book fails, though, chatwjn that this is not a personal story at all.
Quotes from In Patagonia. I think it essentially kills his book, as a serious work of history and journalism.
At least not as much bruxe the people–both livin Patagonia is that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, the major part of which is Argentina and the rest, Chile. Almost violently successful at first, his books are now less likely to be mentioned than the Moleskine notebooks in which he sketched and jotted.
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I get no coherent picture of the place and its peoples from Chatwin, but instead a delightful set of snapshots and vignettes of the motley crew of cultures and characters, present and past, who were drawn to live there.
Totally engrossing if a bit weird. What Chatwin does do is spend a good deal of time recounting tales of those who have left their mark on Patagonia; mainly European types who settled there in the nineteenth century. He was certainly not through-and-through rational, but he was often shrewd, often prescient. It was interesting to read the introduction and learn how controversial the book has become.
Later works included a novel based on the slave trade, The Viceroy of Ouidahwhich he researched with extended stays in Benin, West Africa. Paperbackpages. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
‘Dazzling and worrying’: my memories of Bruce Chatwin and In Patagonia
This is accentuated by the fact that many of the narratives of the people that Chatwin meets in the work involve discussions of the nomadic life. In adolescence I read this and The Songlines and a few other of Chatwin’s books. We shook left hands and wished each other good travels.
He died on 18 January ; he was Not the domesticated type. The Patagonian section, from Bariloche to Cabo Virgenes, stretches for some 1, miles and skirts the Andes and many of the most beautiful lakes imaginable.
En la Patagonia : Bruce Chatwin :
In his 30s, he was taken on at the Sunday Times Magazine and, encouraged by Francis Wyndhamwrote sharp-edged, vivid, ingenious pieces: View all 7 comments. Retrieved 29 June It was also a mysterious event, unlike any other memorial service I have ever attended.
The indigenous locals seem to be permanently drunk.
In Patagonia was in a category of its own. A worse crime is that Chatwin is boring. It is often disjointed, it has some very short chapters, people only briefly appear in the narrative, before cyatwin heads off to the next location and snapshot of another life. Utzwas a novel about the obsession that leads people to collect.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth cancelled cheques and returned objects to art dealers.
The story focuses on eccentrics and adventurous people, suggesting that the remote and wild country attracts and breeds them. Chatwin’s relative Charlie Milward and his chaatwin story. There are plenty of cowboy myths Butch Cassidy et al and tall tales and I did wonder what was the point of travelling just to look for traces of people from Europe and the US.