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The Train of Ice and Fire
Colombia, November 1993: a reconstructed old passenger train, bespangled with yellow butterflies, is carrying one hundred musicians, acrobats, and artists on a daring adventure through the heart of a country soaked in violence. The intention is to put on free shows for locals at railway stations along the way: vibrant spectacles involving music, trapeze, tattoo-art, an ice ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Route
(first published September 2nd 2001)
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Chao follows his son of the famed Mano Negra on a train through Colombia. The trip itself had great ambitions and it seems like it was a fun (if bumpy ride) ride, but this just isn't too captivating a read. Although Chao is a funny writer with a unique voice, his development of characters was poor, and the plot was bland without a sense of the relationships within the group. I also didn't learn too much about Colombia. It was nice to read a travel narrative that was less about independent advent ...more
Definitivamente cuenta la mejor de las historias de Colombia. Yo diría que es el capítulo de Cien años de soledad que nadie sabe que está escrito, aunque no es que me guste mucho Cien años de soledad. La narración del cronista es envolvente, aunque llega un momento en el que abruma tanta información y en el que el estilo se siente muy repetitivo. Sin embargo, Ramón Chao gana ventaja al tener un toque sarcástico y humorístico que entretienen al lector y lo mantienen enganchado a la historia. Eso ...more
cool story of an "art and artist carnival" train travel to the coast in Colombia through very dangerous areas, trying to bring some hope and happiness to very embattled populations. you can get some good insights into the Colombian rural life from this. plus its about manu chao!