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The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara
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Jun 20, 2012

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This short book is a firsthand account of Che Guevara’s trip across South America. Although not written by a professional writer, the diary reads like a chronicle of an important time in the life of a man who is trying to find his true calling. In the beginning of the book, it is clear that Guevara is searching for something, but doesn’t know what that is. As time passes and the number of miles traveled gets higher, Guevara witnesses the exploitation of the proletariat everywhere he looks. His compassion becomes evident as he describes miners working in deplorable and dangerous conditions, the Indians of Peru being carted off in trucks like cattle, and the once proud and noble race of Incas in Cuzco being subjected to unjust prejudices and a lack of education. The diary conveys his concern and humanitarian tendencies; we witness him transform from a humble and passionate medical student into an articulate, cunning, and brilliant revolutionary.
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