Tuesday, November 27, 2007

after the motorcyle diaries..

Just finished reading The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevera. Absolutely Brilliant, and I don't have anything else to say.

Before reading it, I always thought that this was a book about adventure, traveling and of course Motorcycle. After reading it I realize that it is much more than that. True, it is about adventure, traveling and the Motorcycle "La Poderosa", but what it also captures is the pains Che & Alberto-his friend-undertook to cover the distance, the courage they show through out the journey, the plight of the common man he met through out his journey,the cheerfulness of the people in welcoming him and Alberto as one among them, the jobs these guys did, the help they provided to the patients in San Pablo Leper colony and much more.

The most interesting aspect of this book is that Che looked at things just as any other commoner like you or me would have done. At the time of writing these notes he wasn't a revolutionary. The things he wrote about the Peruvian Couple and the labourers in the Mines of Chile depict how much he empathised with them. And then he went onto to help them. That's were the person in Che is much different from others who travel around the world for records,spreading messages and even self satisfaction.

Motorcycle Diaries is one great book that no one, who has a reading habit, should ever miss.

This whole day I was completely immersed in Che and I was searching for his other books, his quotes, writings about him. Among those I found this interesting paper by V Hari Saravanan. Have a read.


Vinesh said...

will check it out.. i have only heard a lot about this book..

G U R U said...

Seems interesting. Will grab a copy. Came here from Jo's pages. Nice blog.

neermathalam said...

heyy..i watched a movie instead..tat too is wonderful..need to read book though...

Jo said...

Hi Dhanush, not sure if you heard this - http://jocalling.blogspot.com/2007/12/kaatrin-mozhi-from-mozhi.html