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The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey - Ernesto Guevara, Aleida Guevara March 2.5 Stars

Nothing groundbreaking in this short read. I was interested in reading this after my visit to Cuba. Ernesto "Che" Guevara was, if nothing else, an interting and complex person.

In reading the novel you follow a young Che on a trip through Latin America before he graduates Medical School and before he meets Fidel Castro and puts himself in the history books. Essentially, the book is a diary of his trip. For a non "professional" writer, he wrote quite well. In reading you gather snippets of the beliefs lead him to follow the path that he did.

Outside of these brief snippets, you read some travelouge of his visits to latin american countryside. This becomes rather boring..... The book lost me at the end when I began to read a reprint of a speech he had given to graduating class of a cuban medical school. I was eerily simlar to the propoganda that was spouted by tour guides during my cuban vacation.

Overall, its interesting only if you want to get to know Che in his early years. Otherwise, you will want to skip it.