In Patagonia

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Penguin Books, 1977 - Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) - 204 pages
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An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin's exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through "the uttermost part of the earth" -- that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome -- in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world. Book jacket.

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User Review  - Laurochka - LibraryThing

This was an interesting read, although not quite what I expected. Less a travelogue of places, than of people. It explores the lives of eccentric expat characters more than the place and the locals. Read full review

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User Review  - neurodrew - LibraryThing

Bruce Chatwin wrote this book about 1977, and I have been aware of it for years, seeing it praised as the best travel story in many years. It begins with his boyhood fascination with a piece of skin ... Read full review

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Bruce Chatwin's first book In Patagonia (1977) was a landmark in travel writing. Traveler, aesthete and a connoisseur of the exotic, Chatwin was a major British literary voice who also wrote On the Black Hill, The Viceroy of Ouidah, The Songlines and Utz before his death in 1989.

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