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The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL


The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times bestseller. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida
Paperback, 175 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Ocean Press (first published October 1st 1993)
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Riku Sayuj

These Diary notes provide us with an ernest and fetching account of a young Che, a middle-class kid, not yet embarked on the violent and heroic road that stretched past these early trails. Not particularly educational or insightful, but yet strangely moving.

The carefree bikers turn into compassionate observers of humanity along the course of this journey, thus fulfilling the purpose of the journey, at least in retrospect. The passion and the compassion shines through the entire text and a youth
Lit Bug
I have always been intrigued by this charismatic, utterly good-looking, athletic man who was instrumental to the toppling of the Cuban government, and who is now largely forgotten, remembered only as a mythological figure in legends about faraway lands. Suddenly this May, I chanced upon a biography of his in a book fair and grabbed it. At that time, I’d only heard of his name. I knew he was some kind of revolutionary. But nothing had prepared me for what was to come. The biography tormented me f ...more
May 01, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want more than just kerouac in their gap year back pack
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: bin diving freeness
Shelves: read-in-2010
Sometimes my job sees me heading off to the worst kind of places (chemical works and sewage plants being two prime examples), however sometimes the gods just smile down and I find myself being sent somewhere really good. Really good, like where? Well, I'll tell you. I've been sent to work in a library for five days.


The local liberry (to quote Richard Derus) has been closed for a big refurbishment which partially involves whole scale demolition of parts of the building. Want to d
Momina Masood
"This is not a story of incredible heroism, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives that ran parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams."

At times I mourn the inadequacy of the written word and how poor of an approximation it is of lived experiences. And yet reading transports you to places and into minds you could never have known otherwise, in any other way. As I closed this book with a sigh and put it aside, I felt
I wanted to read this book so badly, mainly because I wanted to read about Che. He is such a popular icon and you see so many people wearing t-shirts with his image on them etc. I knew very little about him and that was the main reason for picking up this book. I would say I read more from Wikipedia, than from the book. I would open Wikipedia to read more about the cities mentioned in the book. I also read stuff about Fiedel Castro and few more people mentioned in the book. Apart from Che's pers ...more
This is a first-hand account of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's trip across South America with his good friend. Guevara is not a professional writer and it shows in his straight-forward delivery of the material. It's a diary and it reads like a diary. There is very little exposition here. It's just a blow-by-blow account of the events that took place.

What I found interesting was that Che was a passionate medical student who just wanted to help people, quite in contrast to his later guerrilla life with C
His account begins: This is not a story of heroic feats, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams. In nine months of a man’s life he can think a lot of things, from the loftiest meditations on philosophy to the most desperate longing for a bowl of soup — in total accord with the state of his stomach. And if, at the same time, he’s somewhat of an adventurer, he might live ...more
محمد على عطية
هذا الكتاب يسرد وقائع رحلة قام بها ارنستو (تشى) جيفارا مع صديقه ألبرتو جرينادو على ظهر دراجة نارية عبر أمريكا اللاتينية بدءاً من مدينتهما -قرطبة- بالأرجنتين و ذلك فى عام 1951/1952, و كان عمره وقتها 24 سنة و لا يزال فى السنة النهائية فى كلية الطب.
من خلال السرد نرى بعينى جيفارا صورة لأمريكا اللاتينية فى هذا العصر, و إذا اعتبرنا أن هذا الكتاب من أدب الرحلات فبذلك سنبخسه حقه....فبأمكان أى منا أن يزور نفس الأماكن و نخرج بوصف قريب لها..أما البشر, فيعتمد هذا على إحساسك بهم....و لابد أنك ستتخيل ما هى نظ
This is a book which everybody in their 20s need to read. At a time when everyone is trying to settle down into a career which would reap harvests eventually, where you dream of going on your dream trips eventually, where you would want to read that book or draw the painting or write the poem, eventually; we have a book about a 20 something who does it all. The story of Che before he became The Che, when he still is a rash youngster hot blooded and filled with hunger for adventure. In spite of w ...more
الرحلات/الأسفار تمنحنا ، تُعلمنا الكثير .. تُرينا الصورة من كل الزوايا .. تُعيد فلسفة الحياة في قلوبنا .. أؤمن أن الإنسان يتغير وتتوسع معارفة بعد كل رحلة سفر يقوم بها ، فكيف إذا كانت الرحلة لـ عام كامل وبرفقة صديق على دراجة نارية؟

الكتاب ممتع ، وتفاصيل الرحلة غاية في البساطة والجمال
أجمل ما في الكتاب إحساس الحرية العميق ..


أغبط من يَملك روحاً توّاقة للإرتحال مع القدرة على ذلك
So very glad I read this...some evening...when I am in the frame of mind, I'd like to see the film.....

Very interesting,but the man was not the best writer...IMHO......but his life is interesting,and I grew to have a better understanding of his motivations in Cuba....I think his heart was in the right place, not sure Communism is the best thing for Cuba...but hell, America seems to have its any form of government the best? Maybe a mixture...

Anyone have a suggestion of a biography t
Mamdouh Abdullah
– لم لا نذهب إلى أمريكا الشمالية؟
– أمريكا الشمالية؟ لكن كيف؟
– على متن الدراجة يارجل!

في أكتوبر 1952م يرسم إرنستو جيفارا وصديقه ألبيرتو جرانادو خطة للقيام بجولة تشكل أمريكا اللاتينية بواسطة دراجة ألبيرتو النارية. ما يقارب 450 كلم على دراجة. نُشرت المغامرات التي مروا بها في هذه الرحلة في كتاب لجيفارا بعنوان يوميات دراجة نارية, وفي كتاب لألبيرتو بعنوان السفر مع جيفارا: صناعة ثائر.

هل نستطيع قراءة يوميات جيفارا يوميات دراجة نارية بعيداً عن صورة الأسطورة التي تخطت الزمن بإنسانيتها وشعبيتها الجارفة وكفا
Mel Vincent
This book told me how Ernesto Guevara transformed from a humble and passionate medical student into a articulate, cunning and brilliant revolutionary who not only changed the face of the entire Latin American continent but shaped the perspectives and the thoughts of millions of people from all the world over.

This book was eloquently penned and I thought that I was literally reading a novel. Che Guevara could have been a novelist or a writer and it would have produced a significant impact as well
Kali Srikanth
Translated by his daughter, this book is a travel diary of Ernesto Che Guevara as an enthusiastic & excited youth, who planned an adventurous trip to all of Latin America, on a Motorcycle, along with a friend.

Book is enriched by rare collection of photographs that boasts of places they visited, people they met, food they ate & hiccups they experienced. One thing is clearly evident; they carried lot of energy with them. Sure they were low on fuel, finance & luck, but they got great pa
I started this book with low expectations, and luckily they were exceeded. The movie version was by comparison, not very good - two med students hit the road on a beat-up motorcycle and spend their time fixing the bike, hustling drinks and meals, and chasing women.

The book expands on the movie version, luckily, and we get to hear more about young Che's impressions of his developing continent. Knowing Geuvara's career as as future revolutionary politician, it is easy to read these pages and see t
Aug 08, 2007 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in Che and Latin Literature
Although it took me almost a month to read this relatively short book, I found it very interresting and written in a literary reflective style. It made me wish my journal sounded as coherent and intelligent. The Diary did a great job expressing the feelings and thoughts of a young man who changed from his journey through Latin America. It was really cool to get into the young Che's head and see how, why, and when he began to change into the revolutionary icon so many of us know him as today. Sin ...more
Long before he became a martyred revolutionary icon made to order for hipster T-shirts, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was a goofy and even funny middle class kid from Argentina. While in his early twenties, he talked his fellow med student Alberto Granado into a trip across South America. How? Why, on Alberto's rickety Norton 500 motorcycle, nicknamed La Poderosa II ("The Mighty One II"). This book is the story of their journey, lasting approximately until he and Alberto split up in Venezuela, where the ...more
Joshin John
Honestly, I didn't like the literature much. But Che's rendering of first-hand experiences with poverty, disease and lives of the Latin American people wouldn't fail to touch you.
Yazeed AlMogren
يوميات فيها الكثير من بصمات تشي غيفارا الشخصية، ممتع لمن يرغب في معرفة غيفارا عن قرب
Ahmad Sharabiani
Notas de viaje = The motorcycle diarie: a journey around south America, 1995, Ernesto Guevara (1928 - 1967)
عنوان: خاطرات موتور سیکلت: روزنگاشت سفر به آمریکای لاتین؛ اثر: ارنستو چه گوارا؛ مترجم: تبسم آتشین جان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، حوض نقره، 1385، در 160 ص، نقشه، شابک: 9647961332؛ این کتاب با عنوان: «خاطرات سفر با موتور سیکلت» توسط انتشارات اجتماع در سال 1383 چاپ و منتشر شده است؛ چاپ دوم زمستان 1386؛ موضوع: چه گوارا ، آمریکای لاتین، سیر و سیاحت
Esraa Muhammed
من امتع الكتب اللى قريتها ل ارنستو بل واقوها لانه كان زينا مجرد طالب ف السنه النهائيه للكليه مكنش وقتها الثائر البطولى اللى بننظر ليه بعين الاعجاب وخلاص من خلال رحلته شوفت كم التحول والتبلور ل ارنستو ودى كانت البدايه الحقيقه والمعايشه للواقع عن قرب..اعتقد كل زميل بكليه الطب لازم يقراها عشان يتعلم بس شغف المعرفه والبحث والانطلاق ..رحله حول قاااااااااااااااره بمتوسيكل ياله من جنون ويالها من رحله سوف تغير واقع امركيا اللاتنيه فيما بعد
This book has been on my list for years. I was finally forced to read it for a Latin American History Course that I am taking.

As I read it, I became very skeptical. How could Che Guevara be such an eloquent writer and have such an enormous foundation of political history in 1951/1952? He must have added a lot when he went over it an edited it.

The biggest thing that struck me was his passion for communism which was tied to his position of authority in the communist movement. So, I could not look
Tanmay Tikekar
There's a saying about Communism: If you don't believe in it until you are 30 you have no heart, if you believe in it after you are 30 you have no brain. Che Guevara's life heartily destroys that misconception.

Brought up in intellectualism and inspired by the ideals of Communism, Che Guevara's account of his Pan-American road trip is a lesson in humanity. Che's voice, wandering and carefree at the start of the journey, notably becomes grayer and heavier as the account progresses. As his life of
Che is one of the figure I admire for his courage and idealism. And this is his diary which he wrote when he and his friend was having a journey crossing the South America from south to north by riding a motorcycle (well, at the beginning actually. Most half till the end they traveled by foot, hitch hiking, and rafting through the Amazonian river).
OK, probably because this is a diary it doesn't contain a literacy magnitude that you could appreciate, but you could admire its "essence" of the jour
Clarification:: this is not abt "Che" but an ordinary young guy just like thousand others who nurtures the dream of exploring the world around"

The very fact that this book is by none other than "Che" may give you the notion that the book might be imbued with the philosophy,ideas that Che associated himself in the later part of his life.. And that was one reason i was not quite excited abt picking this up.. Bt soon after i had started with an unmerited apprehension i realized i could not hv been
Eng.Khalid Ib
تشي جيفارا جمع الإرادة...العزيمة...الطموح
لتحقيق ما آمن به.
Disclaimer: This review is for the first 1/4th of the book; I never finished it.

Being a motorcycle fanatic, I had high hopes from this book but I was left disappointed. I pushed myself many times to finish this book but it didn't work too well; I never finished the book.

The reason this book left bitter taste is due to extremely boring story within first few chapters. Throughout the first few chapters, both of the bikers fall down, get up, fix the bike, find shelter, get something to eat, sleep,
The Motorcycle Diaries is a book about the early travels of Ernesto Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granada. At the time, Che was a 23 year old medical student and Alberto was a 29 year old biochemist. Together they travelled 5,000 miles all over South America on an old single cylinder Norton Motorcycle which they called La Ponderosa meaning The Mighty One. They passed through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and then to Miami before returning back to Argentina. T ...more
What a beautiful, amazing book.

This is Che's personal account of his journey with his companion Alberto Granado through Latin America on their motorcycle dubbed La Poderosa II.

Only 23, he begins his journey as a medical student and emerges with a new perspective of South America. This perspective informs his future as a political revolutionary.

His compassion for the proleteriat as he describes miners who work in deplorable and dangerous conditions, the Indians of Peru being carted off in trucks
We all have read about great historical explorers born to be wild, to wander and discover new worlds. Their journeys sometimes lead to new lands, hidden treasures, ancient discoveries or sometimes nothing but one thing they do achieve and that is discovering oneself. These travels through unknown throw various challenges, opportunities, learnings, experiences, choices and threats.. and these change you by each day sometimes making you stronger by rising to the occasion and surviving the toughest ...more
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Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was a Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, since his death Guevara's stylized visage has become an ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global icon within popular culture.

His belief in the necessity of world revolution to adva
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