The hooks are obvious: charismatic revolutionary Che Guevara on a continent spanning motorcycle trip of South America. However, this book is by Ernesto Guevera, a 23 year old middle-class medical student looking for a break from his studies, and the motorcycle doesn't last through two countries. It is a rare glimpse into the young mind of a major cultural revolutionary. The book is also a unique look into the everyday life of South America in the middle of the 20th century. The point of view is of sons of privilege wandering the countryside and living off the land. Sometimes they are encountering the workers and experiencing their simple hospitality and honest struggles. At other times, they rely on their social class and education to open doors to more polite society. What I found compelling about this book is that in such a brief work the author was able to present a sweeping portrait of South American life. it was, for me, a wonderfully human introduction to the people and lands of this vast continent.
This was unexpectedly funny. A great read to get to know Che before the Revolution and in his own words. No propaganda.
It was funny and powerful. I recommend this strongly!
A diary of Che's journey through Latin America as a very young man, detailing the evolution of concepts and ideas that shaped his later years.
Great book about a crazy adventure through S. America. Like the movie but more detailed...
Bought the book for a son - who had read it previously and wasn't interested in rereading it. I read it long ago - found it interesting because of its politics.