Sunday, 24 June 2018

Review: In Patagonia

In Patagonia In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 Patagonia.

The 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 time.

To be honest, this wasn't quite 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.

View all my reviews

9 comments:

  1. I read this so long ago, it's not on my blog and I'm not sure it's even in my written journals. I have a great omnibus with The Songlines and What Am I Doing Here which I loved. Ignore the controversy over The Songlines and enjoy the writing. An odd and fascinating man.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. But it is quite some book

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have a lovely edition of Songlines to get to one day but I've always been intrigued by this title too. You've just bumped up my curiosity factor.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is almost surreal at times Brona, but worth the effort to read.

      Delete
  4. A great content material as well as great layout. Your website deserves all of the positive feedback it’s been getting. I will be back soon for further quality contents.
    miniclip, a10 game play, Jogos online

    ReplyDelete


  5. food games 2019 online
    basketball games free
    soccer free games
    A great content material as well as great layout. Your website deserves all of the positive feedback it’s been getting. I will be back soon for further quality contents.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Playing the free online gambling club amusements not simply enable you to build up the aptitudes or enhance the same yet additionally enable the students to take in the guidelines and controls of the diversions and inspire them to have a superior knowledge of the distinctive procedures and the methodologies that are to be utilized while playing the online clubhouse.
    free online juegos games
    io jogos
    2 player games for girl

    ReplyDelete
  7. The author of this post is very talented, I greatly admire you, hope you will succeed in the next post. I would love to keep track of your posts, It is really a useful source of information, wish you success.
    kizi 2 player racing games, 2 player pbs games, friv jogos online

    ReplyDelete
  8. I always have a minimum of 3 trays going, but I don't tend to do a shot a day. I add some to a smoothie, do a shot every other day, add some to a salad, etc. You can consume the second growth of your wheatgrass, but I have heard it is lacking in some nutrients, so I normally compost it after it is all cut.
    games online for kids
    jogos friv 4 school
    jogos 360 game

    ReplyDelete