Posted by mukikamu on January 22, 2007
After the film came out I read the book to see how great material Che Guevara’s diary really is. I found it a bit hard to read somehow but finished it nevertheless. Unfortunately it is rare that I come across travel reading from Latin America. It is such an amazing continent with many secrets. (I must look it up! )
The Motorcycle Diaries lacked a touch of colourfullness for me, but I guess the whole point is just how underdevelopped these parts were at the time. It is also truly interesting to read the thoughts of a young man who has no idea about the course his life takes later on.
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Posted by mukikamu on November 13, 2006
I have read an amazing book about a blind traveler in the XIXth Century. Jason Roberts has done a priceless job in bringing this role-setting man to life again. The book is truly breathtaking. Holman’s adventures sound like very far-fetched fiction. It’s insane how he could travel the world alone at those times. To top it all, it turns out his only pal was deaf. Here are some of the many increadible things he managed to achieve alone with very limited funds and no sight at all:
- explore the Brazilian jungle
- travel through Siberia
- go elephant hunting on horseback in the jungles of Sri Lanka and actually shoot a gun in action
- travel on horseback across uncivilized parts of South Africa
- climb the mast of a sailing ship
- negotiate for the English with nomad tribes without understanding a word of their languge
- climb the Vesuv before eruption
It’s so unbelievable your jaw drops!
Jason Roberts: A Sense of the World
How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler
Remember the name of James Holman. It has been forgotten long enough.
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