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In Patagonia [PDF / Epub] ❤ In Patagonia ✅ Bruce Chatwin – Thomashillier.co.uk Dopo l’ultima guerra alcuni ragazzi inglesi fra cui l’autore di uesto libro chini sulle carte geografiche cercavano il luogo giusto per sfuggire alla prossima distruzione nucleare Scelsero la Pata Dopo l’ultima guerra alcuni ragazzi inglesi fra cui l’autore di uesto libro chini sulle carte geografiche cercavano il luogo giusto per sfuggire alla prossima distruzione nucleare Scelsero la Patagonia E proprio In Patagonia si sarebbe spinto Bruce Chatwin non già per salvarsi da una catastrofe ma sulle tracce di un mostro preistorico e di un parente navigatore Pubblicato nel come opera prima uesto libro appartiene alla specie rarissima dei libri che provocano una sorta di innamoramento La Patagonia di Chatwin diventa per chiunue si appassioni alla sua scrittura un luogo che mancava alla propria geografia personale e di cui avvertiva segretamente il bisogno.


10 thoughts on “In Patagonia

  1. Brian Brian says:

    It was the day before I left for my vacation to South America that I learned about this book It was an offhand mention by a client Oh have you read In Patagonia? I picked it up on my way home and stuffed it into the already full backpackChatwin's writing got under my skin and I don't necessarily mean that in a good way At times he can turn a beautiful phrase when describing a sunset or the wind scoured landscape that seems to go forever In other places I wanted him to move on his prose making me claustrophobic in a place big enough to swallow me wholeBut it was the enveloping wonder of the peripatetic experience that ultimately won me over Chatwin's willingness to let the experience take hold and push the observer to internal places they might not want to go once I was in Patagonia I got it It whatever that thing was and is changed me Chatwin mentions the stories of people that spend time too much time in the fierce desolation of Patagonia and don't escape with their lives The wind talks to you says those things back to you that are inside that are supposed to stay downTorres del Paine ChileNear the end of our vacation we were in Ushuaia Argentina in Tierra del Fuego the bottom of Patagonia the tip of the continent Emboldened and inspired by Chatwin I asked my wife if we could check to see if there were any last minute berths on a ship to Antarctica This additional 11 days to our itinerary and un budgeted expense met with solid and well defended resistance by my better half But would we ever be here again? Somehow my persuasion worked and we took the last boat of the season out of Patagonia to a place that was unlike any other I've ever beenBeagle Channel looking back towards UshuaiaI'll forgive Chatwin's too many references to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and colonial white man timbre to some of his musings in exchange for reminding me the importance of walking to experience and getting me out of my comfort zone; getting me close enough to high fin whales and watch seals display their molars


  2. Paul Paul says:

    25 starsThis is my first foray into Bruce Chatwin I have always been wary of travel writing of a certain type when it drifts into literary colonialism It is too easy for wealthy white travellers to go to foreign lands in search of the interesting and exotic There is a good deal of myth surrounding Chatwin and even this book The whole books starts and finishes with a fossilised piece of skin which Chatwin says he remembers from his childhood Family myth said it was from a dinosaur but in actuality it was from a Giant Sloth It was found by a relative of Chatwin’s in Patagonia and he had always wanted to go there The book is divided into very short chunks 97 of them in total; Chatwin described the structure in artistic terms as cubist It isn’t a traditional travel narrative as it is uite disconnected Chatwin gave up his job with a newspaper to go to Patagonia and left in 1974; allegedly sending a telegram of explanation to his editor simply saying “Gone to Patagonia” A recurring theme of Chatwin’s writing is the nomadic life and this is no exception What Chatwin does do is spend a good deal of time recounting tales of those who have left their mark on Patagonia; mainly European types who settled there in the nineteenth century He visits the Welsh community and remnants of communities from other European nations Chatwin chases up those who remembered these characters now often very old He also has an interest for significant events like strikes and riots and those who recall them This leaves the reader wondering about the Patagonia of the time which Chatwin appears to neglect He does have the ability to describe the backdrop well and there are compelling accounts of the landscape What we don’t know is whether this is meant to be fact or fiction Many of those Chatwin spoke to complained bitterly that he had misrepresented them or even lied; Chatwin admitted that he rearranged events and conflated characters There is a little travelogue but there is as much myth and history This makes the whole less easy to define The reader discovers very little about Chatwin himself and how he relates to those he meets There are plenty of cowboy myths Butch Cassidy et al and tall tales and I did wonder what was the point of travelling just to look for traces of people from Europe and the US This is not really about the people of Patagonia and especially not about the indigenous peoples who Chatwin ridicules in numerous stories Their oppression and persecution seemed of little moment to Chatwin I was left wondering what the point of it all was and on reflection I much preferred Patrick Leigh Fermor


  3. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Suffering from emotional bumps and bruises I needed a holiday My brother Tim sent me a voucher so that I could fly to San Francisco for free I was grateful It was cold and gray but I was in San Francisco One afternoon I found myself footsore and starving I was heading towards a BART stop when I saw a Thai restaurant on the other side of the street I trekked up a block crossed the street and discovered a book shop Ducking in I was pleased with their selection I bought In Patagonia and went down the block to the Thai restauant Ordering a half liter of house red and pad thai with tofu I opened the book My food was cold before I put the book down I chugged the wine and gnoshed as best I could I hurried to catch my train Flushed from the wine and my sprint I opened the book again when a man seated across asked me if Chatwin was Australian I told him I didn't think so but he wrote abook about the Outback titled Songlines The man smiled His name was Michel and that he was from France and was in California on holiday His right hand was in a cast We shook left hands and wished each other good travels


  4. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I don’t regret reading this book There is so much talk about it I wanted to experience it for myselfIn 1974 Bruce Chatwin working for The Sunday Times Magazine since 1972 is said to have sent the editor Francis Wyndham a telegram The brief message relayed only four words “Have gone to Patagonia” this being the sole explanation for his departure Well actually what did happen was that he informed the editor via a letter explaining in detail his need to go to Patagonia I am doing a story there for myself something I have always wanted to write up This is stated in Nicholas Shakespeare’s authoritative biography Bruce Chatwin So what is my point? Much of what is said both about the book and what is in it is up for debate Chatwin acknowledged that he rearranged events People he spoke with have criticized him for misrepresenting what they have said In any case we are seeing events from one person’s point of view—Chatwin’s On the other hand isn’t history and fact often this way? Artistic license is taken If an author declares this openly and if the result is a better piece of writing who is to say this is wrong? The book is a mix of many different elements As explained there is a mix of fact and fiction There is description of the land the vegetation and the people Historical facts are related Myths too In one sense the book is a travelogue but Chatwin relates little about himself and little about what he himself saw and experienced during his six month sojourn in Patagonia begun in November 1974 Instead he focuses upon the stories told to him by those he met All the time one must keep in mind that what we are told may not be absolutely true Who are the people Chatwin speaks with? Most of them are of European descent—many Welsh and Germans as well as Italians Swedes a Persian and Americans Many are the descendants of immigrants who left their homeland during the 1800s and early 1900s Why? To find something better Some were fleeing Most have a nomadic strain in them In coming to the Patagonian patch of earth they have undeniably left their imprint upon it Much of what we are told are stories related by the descendants of the 19th and early 20th century immigrants It is interesting to note how often they fled one country only to copy in the new what thy had before One sees this in how they built their homes set up their communities in what they ate and in how they clothed themselves The volume is made up of ninety seven short short chapters Some lead directly into the next Many others change topic completely the result being that what is delivered is disconnected There is no overview On closing the book one has a feel for the place and its people but the delivery is jumbled and unstructured History wise there are tidbits of information about strikes anarchist and socialist movements leading up to the Revolution of 1920 the Council of the Cave Sect jumbled and mixed with Butch Cassidy’s escapades The lack of overview makes absorbing this information difficult and in the back of one ‘s mind is always the nagging thought that perhaps what we are being told is not trueChatwin spends a lot of time talking about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Why he travels to Patagonia and then focuses upon them well this just seems silly to me More significantly why is there so little written about the indigenous people of the land? There is also a gap of information between the 1920s and his visit in 1974Chatwin does give the reader a feel for both the land and the people living there He draws the physical landscape in brilliant colors but other than these few pretty lines I am not blown over by the prose It is too jumbled disconnected and choppy for me It does not flow smoothly I do not think the departure from truth and the artistic license taken have paid offThe audiobook is very well narrated by Hugh Fraser It is uite simply a delight to listen to The pace is perfect His tone is clear but also calm and soothing which is really good given that the text itself is jumbled and disconnected Four stars for the narration The audiobook begins with a long and tedious introduction


  5. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Readable and pleasant The author allegedly inspired by schoolboy ponderings over the safest place in a post nuclear war world and childhood atlas voyages travels to Patagonia and travels around Welsh settlers hunts for prehistoric mega beasts said to survive in the wilderness view spoiler as apparently they do her and there if you believe all the tales that are told hide spoiler


  6. Michael Michael says:

    This book was a special treat to me as a uniue form a travel writing In its exploration of people encountered on his trip to Patagonia in the early 70’s Chatwin makes magic as he uses his series of little uests and the actual places of his travels to make a doorway to imagination The excellent introduction by someone named Shakespeare highlights the special ualities of the book Just as Patagonia is not a place with an exact border so Chatwin’s “particularly dotty book” as he called it would not fall into an easy category Was it travel writing? Was it historical fiction? Was it reportage? And was it true—and if not did it matter?Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origins It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness From its discovery it had the effect on the imagination something like the moon but in my opinion powerfulI know little about Patagonia having only encountered it in occasional National Geographic pieces and in books as a remote place of passage by naval explorers and in tales of the 19th century Royal British Navy I have some images of it as a place of high plains and semi desert but in fact its 1000 mile stretch includes diverse ecologies between the lush pampas of Argentina and trailing ridge of the Andes to the cold and windy site of icebergs and penguins of Tierra del Fuego My conception of it as entirely rural had to be revised by a Wiki piece with the fact that Chile’s Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan has over 100000 residents I get no coherent picture of the place and its peoples from Chatwin but instead a delightful set of snapshots and vignettes of the motley crew of cultures and characters present and past who were drawn to live there We encounter surprising communities of Welsh Scots and Boers and odd stories of individual Russians Germans and Greeks Chatwin makes diversions into the history of early explorers missionaries and pirates tales of revolutionaries and anarchists and generational memories of mining splurges the growth of sheep farming and ranching enterprises the sagas of notable naturalists and fossil hunters Chatwin has a personal family interest in the discovery of the remains of recently extinct giant sloths Another diversion delves into the story of how the outlaws known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tried to retire as ranchers there in a ménage a trois with the mysterious Etta Place but ended up reverting to bank robbery Chatwin plays detective in exploring how their tragic fate may be myth and hoax In further diversions as summarized in the introduction Chatwin tries to account for the Patagonian origin of Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner Darwin’s theory of evolution Shakespeare’s Caliban Conan Doyle’s Lost World Swift’s Brobdignagians Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym Chatwin’s intention according to the introductory piece was to create a “meditation on the restlessness and exile” A theater for his own restlessness Patagonia he would covertly argue was the source of everyone else’s restlessness too In Chatwin’s Patagonia the uniueness of the landscape hardly comes into view His book is largely about interiors that are elsewheres You won’t come across many Patagonian Patagonians in its pages; nor will you discover much about the author who remains teasingly absentThe latter aspect contrasts with Paul Theroux’s approach to travel writing in which you are immersed in his direct experiences though the use of such experiences as a stepping stone into revery bears some similarity The revery doesn’t become an end in itself as it does in Peter Matthiessen’s wonderful account of a Himalayan journey “The Snow Leopard” There is lightness and playfulness in Chatwin The people come alive whether or not the portrayals are accurate This reminds me of how the same issue pertains to Steinbeck’s collection of vignettes of people and place in “Travels with Charley” To help readers get a sense of his artful method of delivery and thereby help with the decision to pursue reading the book I share two brief passages I stayed at the Estacion de Biologia Marina with a party of scientists who dug enthusiastically for sandworms and suabbled about the Latin names for seaweed The resident ornithologist a severe young man was studying the migration of the Jackass Penguin We talked late into the night arguing whether or not we too have journeys mapped out in our central nervous systems; it seemed the only way to account for our insane restlessness We watched them waddle awkwardly to the shore and wallop into the water In the seventeenth century the explorer Sir John Narborough stood on the same spot and described them ‘standing upright like little children in white aprons in company together’Albatrosses and penguins are the last birds I’d want to murder A straight backed gentleman in his eighties peered through spectacles and grinned His face was shiny pink and he wore khaki shorts Archie Tuffnell loved Patagonia and called her ‘Old Pat’ He loved the solitude the birds the space and the dry healthy climate He had managed a sheep farm for a big English land company for forty years When he had to retire he couldn’t face the coop of England and he had bought his own camp taking with him 2500 sheep and ‘my man Gomez’ His domestic arrangements were a lesson in asceticism a shower a narrow bed a desk and two camp stools and no chairs‘I don’t want to get sunk down in an armchair Not at my age I might never get up’His standards were Edwardian but he knew how the world changed; how to keep one step ahead of change so as to not change himself His rules were simple Keep liuid Never wait for higher prices Never use money to show off to your workers Punta Arenas Chile on the Strait of Magellan


  7. Kavita Kavita says:

    I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn about Argentina and Argentinians After all that's the country where this book is set and travel memoirs are usually great for an outsider's view of a place Silly me After reading this book no one would fault the reader for thinking that Argentina was located somewhere in Europe Chatwin deals exclusively with the European immigrants of various nationalities and some Americans in his travels around Patagonia There are a however a couple of small chapters about the local Yaghan tribals as well as some passing references to the peons seriously? hired by the ubiuitous Europeans How lucky could I get? sarcasmA worse crime is that Chatwin is boring Though a couple of his subjects like the adventures of the Wild Bunch gang from the US were interesting most of the subjects chosen were boring Some were eccentric enough to allow me to continue reading but I almost uit when Chatwin went on and on about some British sailor chap called Charley for what appeared at the time to be millions of pages The trip to Patagonia comes about when Chatwin sets out to find a piece of the mylodon skin As a child his grandmother had a piece of this skin sent as a souvenir by an eccentric brother of hers Chatwin grew up thinking it was from a Brontosaurus but it turned out to be from a mylodon and he plans a trip to see if he too could unearth something similar This premise promised to be interesting but the mylodon story thread completely disappears until the very last chapter when Chatwin succeeds in his missionThe author appears to have chosen his subjects at random There is no flow to the narrative and all the random people he meets are just ships that pass through in the night We never get to know much about most of these characters They disappear as soon as they appear and never come back again The book is arranged in a row of random snippets that would be better suited to weekly publishing in a magazine or on a blogI don't know why this stream of consciousness travel memoir is considered such a classic and a must read on Argentina I did not learn a single thing about the country its nature its politics its people or its culture All I learned was that Chatwin can't write a travelogue for nuts


  8. Jessica Jessica says:

    This was published in 1977 and as I read it I couldn't help but think of Edward Said's Orientalism published a year later I admit to fantasizing about Said clobbering Chatwin over the head with a large rock But not before Said had given him some choice words that could not be reduced to faux Hemingway dialogue As in the Songlines you have a traveler who is obsessed with traveling than the places he travels to or the people he meets There are so many vignettes in this some with fabulous characters but none of these are developed as the narrative lurches about like a penguin on acid So alright I get it the narrative is kind of like travel itself you're never fully oriented But that's what a writer is for Orient me And speaking of the Orient


  9. Eric Eric says:

    The truly fine grained books are always impossible to review or describe Even dragged out praise leaves most of the best things unnoted Certainly this is true in the case of In Patagonia one of those unclassifiable mandarin anatomies whose summarized “action” but barely suggests the innumerable felicities of perception that make the book A copy of In Our Time packed in his rucksack Chatwin busses from Buenos Aires into Patagonia tramps around meets people and collects their stories much as Ishmael “goes whaling” or Bloom “runs some errands and thinks about stuff” Updike in his reviewer guise of the Common Reader on the occasion of Brodsky’s Venetian capriccio Watermark marvels at those writers “beyond academic conventions beyond commercial hopes” who depart from dispense with or otherwise transcend plot or the story hooks of “travel writing” to regale us with their “rare sensibility and curious fund of information; we are flattered to be in his or her company” readers who complain that cetological lore trammels their breeze through Moby Dick miss the point the prose of that long chapter is splendid A truly picaresue narrative sensibility rare enough and a curio cabinet of odd learning Chatwin indeed has plus an enriching assimilation of those masters of unsettling concision Mandelstam and Borges Who knew a desert at land’s end would offer such a mad dream of the world? Chatwin has the magic eye


  10. Paul Paul says:

    Patagonia defies definition It sits at the very end of a continent nudges into the tumultuous Southern ocean covers two countries and is a place of enigmas It was a place that Brue Chatwin had longed to visit for years after seeing a piece of 'brontosaurus' in his grandparent's curiosity cabinet It wasn't a piece of a dinosaur but another part of an extinct animal that had been found in PatagoniaThe memory of it lived on in Chatwin's imagination and was the spark that made him give up his job and head out there in 1974 The six months that he spent there become this book It is not about the landscape or the countries rather Chatwin spends his time there meeting people finding out about them and then following the gossamer threads of their lives from place to place and backwards and forwards in timeTo be honest this wasn't uite what I was expecting It is often disjointed it has some very short chapters people only briefly appear in the narrative before he heads off to the next location and snapshot of another life And yet it is a wonderful piece of writing Even though it is not about the place per se Patagonia fully permeates the writing you have a sense of the barrenness of the desert the relentless wind off Tierra del Fuego places that have attracted people from all over the world in search of the nomadic existence He traces the characters backwards and forwards across this land but reveals as much about himself in his writing Will try to get to Songlines a bit sooner than this now I have found a copy


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