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Patagonia Revisited

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Since its discovery by Magellan in 1520, Patagonia was known as a country of black fogs and whirlwinds at the end of the inhabited world. It immediately lodged itself in the imagination as a metaphor for "the ultimate", the point beyond which one could not go. In this book, Chatwin and Theroux join forces to explores the instances in which the "final capes of exile" have a ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published 1993 by Picador (first published 1985)
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Rare little book that I happened upon this weekend, although to be frank, if you've read the parent volumes, then there's really not a great deal here that is new. Bruce Chatwin's "In Patagonia" is widely credited with kicking off the modern genre of travel literature, a genre that has gone from strength to strength in the past four decades and now literally spans the globe. Paul Theroux, of course, is one of its most accomplished practitioners, with his own Patagonia book also regarded as a cla ...more
John Caviglia
Chatwin's In Patagonia is a far, far better book. This is more of a coffee table sort of sequel, built as it around photos of Patagonia. The photos are so so, in my estimation, and the alternating comments by Chatwin and Paul Theroux are just about as ho hum. What I actually most enjoyed--in an admittedly perverse way--was Theroux's thoroughly snarky and extremely funny introduction ... a kind of appreciation and critique (mostly the latter) of his late friend, Chatwin.
Jun 22, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul TherouxBruce Chatwin

This small nugget of a book (very old edition, with an endearing illustration of a horseback rider stamped between all the sections - thanks Brooklyn Public Library!) made a great travel companion in South America. Beyond their basic premise of Patagonia as a metaphor for the most distant possible place, it was fascinating too to read the excerpts they assemble from Darwin, Magellan, and other travelers' notes on their impressions of a land and people they knew nothing a
This is the book that introduced me to Paul Theroux. See, I was a Chatwin fan way back then, my first "real" "grown-up" author, someon whose books I had discovered and decided to like all by myself (rather than having them given to me by parents or school).

I also happened to like Australia a lot (always with the teenage angst and the urge to go far far away from home), so Chatwin was heaven-sent.

Well, he was, because he introduced me to Paul Theroux, and I LOVE Paul Theroux. Yes, more than Chatw
Dec 21, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed, romanzi
Un viaggio interessante tra le trame di libri che hanno attinto all'immaginario collettivo sulla Patagonia. Raramente capita di leggere delle analisi trasversali sulle influenze che la letteratura e la cultura in generale hanno subito da eventi epocali, come le grandi esplorazioni geografiche. Un libro gradevole e scorrevole, che raffronta due opinioni parallele.
A good book to complete a Patagonian trilogy started by Chatwin (In Patagonia) and Theroux (The old patagonian express).
It basically repeats some of the most interesting insights of the two books (the patagonian myths, Butch Cassidy etc.) with some deeper notes.
A short and easy read made by two of the most famous travellers-writers of our era about a land full of legends and mistery.
Mac Daly
Jul 31, 2014 Mac Daly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
I picked up this book because I'm planning a trip to Chile and I wanted to learn more about the country. I'm so glad I did. This slim volume contains literary snapshots from visitors from Charles Darwin to Butch Cassidy. We see the native Patagonians through the eyes of the first European visitors and get a feel for the magnificent, wild beauty of the area. I'm looking forward to my visit.
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Nov 14, 2013 Milo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful little book by Theroux [Mosquito Coast] and Chatwin [In Patagonia]. 60 pages of insight into the giants and the influence of the Patagonia area in other famous writings including Poe, Shakespeare and several more.
Aug 01, 2015 Persona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considerando che è il primo libro che leggo di Bruce Chatwin e del fatto che mi era sconosciuto fino ad ora, direi che l'approccio è stato positivo e per quel poco di pagine che contiene il libro, l'interesse c'è stato in quanto amante della natura e sempre col desiderio di viaggiare.
Jun 13, 2012 Eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
Learned an interesting fact about Butch Cassidy.
Anne Sigmon
Feb 27, 2013 Anne Sigmon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Sep 13, 2011 Jorge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Depois de ter lido In Patagonia de Bruce Chatwin, este livro nao acrescentou nada de novo.
May 04, 2008 Cherie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
B- Not exactly a travel book; skimmed
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Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer. He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill (1982). In 1972, Chatwin interviewed the 93-year-old architect and designer Eileen Gray in her Paris salon, where he noticed a map of the area of South America called Patagonia, which she had painted. "I've always wanted to go there," Bruce told her. "So have ...more
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