In Patagonia

In Patagonia Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin s travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters w

  • Title: In Patagonia
  • Author: Bruce Chatwin
  • ISBN: 9780099769514
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin s travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people whose fascinating stories delay him on the road.

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    1. Bruce Chatwin

      Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill 1982 In 1972, Chatwin interviewed the 93 year old architect and designer Eileen Gray in her Paris salon, where he noticed a map of the area of South America called Patagonia, which she had painted I ve always wanted to go there, Bruce told her So have I, she replied, go there for me Two years later in November 1974, Chatwin flew out to Lima in Peru, and reached Patagonia a month later When he arrived, he left the newspaper with a telegram Have gone to Patagonia He spent six months in the area, a trip which resulted in the book In Patagonia 1977 This work established his reputation as a travel writer Later, however, residents in the region contradicted the account of events depicted in Chatwin s book It was the first time in his career, but not the last, that conversations and characters which Chatwin presented as fact were alleged to have been fictionalised Later works included a novel based on the slave trade, The Viceroy of Ouidah, which he researched with extended stays in Benin, West Africa For The Songlines 1987 , a work combining fiction and non fiction, Chatwin went to Australia He studied the culture to express how the songs of the Aborigines are a cross between a creation myth, an atlas and an Aboriginal man s personal story He also related the travelling expressed in The Songlines to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, his novel On the Black Hill 1982 was set closer to home, in the hill farms of the Welsh Borders It focuses on the relationship between twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin, who grow up isolated from the course of twentieth century history Utz 1988 , was a novel about the obsession that leads people to collect Set in Prague, the novel details the life and death of Kaspar Utz, a man obsessed with his collection of Meissen porcelain Chatwin was working on a number of new ideas for future novels at the time of his death from AIDS in 1989, including a transcontinental epic, provisionally titled Lydia Livingstone.


    1. 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 backpack.Chatwin'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 [...]

    2. 2.5 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 a [...]

    3. 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)] and generally comments on the history and cultures of the region. Complaints from people mentioned in the bo [...]

    4. This book was a special treat to me as a unique 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 quests and the actual places of his travels to make a doorway to imagination. The excellent introduction by someone named Shakespeare highlights the special qualities of the book: Just as Patagonia is not a place with an exact border, so Chatwin’s “particularly dotty book”, as he cal [...]

    5. 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--m [...]

    6. 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 more obsessed with traveling than the places he travels to, or the people he meets. There are so many vignettes in this, some with fab [...]

    7. 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 BART stop when I saw a Thai restaurant on the other side of the street. I 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 th [...]

    8. Bruce Chatwin baulked at being called a travel writer and reading this I can see why. Part-literature, part-history, the slender volume is packed full of diverse and disparate characters and episodes. Then there is the flying off of tangents- satisfying tangents that entrench you in histories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (the Patagonian years), the mylodon and other prehistoric beasts, Simon Radowitzky, the search for Trapalanda (a version of Eldorado), the creation of an extraordinary [...]

    9. This is not a travelogue, in any normal sense. It is rather a collection of 97 very short vignettes (almost like 'palm-in-the-hand' stories), many (as is now generally admitted) partially fictionalized, based on Chatwin's wanderings and readings and musings and imaginings about Patagonia, aka 'the end of the world' (geographically speaking), written throughout with a very odd tilt which is quite unique and which is Chatwin's own. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid play as great a role (greater, [...]

    10. I picked up In Patagonia hoping to learn more 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 smal [...]

    11. This is the third time I have read this classic by the late Bruce Chatwin. While purporting to be an episodic treatment of various past and present individuals who have been drawn into the orbit of Patagonia, it is quite as fictional as it is nonfiction. Although Chatwin has no great love for the literal truth, his transformations of people and events are fascinating.It is very much like the old joke about the patient who tells his therapist some made up stories, to which the therapist says, "Th [...]

    12. I have enjoyed reading this travel classic. I have, honestly I have. All good travel/ history should have one reaching for google maps and even reading (at worst) and I have been doing that. With that I am keen to go to all the exotic places that the author visited, those places with Spanish names that are seemingly full of not only Latins but Englishmen and Germans and Welsh and have strange natives and had the likes of North American outlaws gallivanting around the countryside. What more coul [...]

    13. In questo libro mi aspettavo stratosferiche descrizioni di paesaggi selvaggi, avventurose pennellate di grandi spazi, pagine coperte dalle emozioni di Chatwin di fronte a un viaggio così avventuroso invece, a parte pochi cenni qua e là, la Patagonia passa sullo sfondo per tutto il libro. In compenso Chatwin ci fornisce un ritratto particolareggiato di tutti i personaggi che incontra durante il viaggio e delle storie a loro collegate. E se all'inizio è interessante conoscere i retroscena della [...]

    14. A really enjoyable read. From stories of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to tea with Welsh ex pats Bruce Chatwin keeps up an interesting narrative as he travels through Chile and Argentina in the 1970s. His fascination Patagonia stems from a piece of Sloth skin that was in his grandmothers glass cabinet, sent home by her brother Charlie Milward. Chatwin goes in search of stories of his uncle Charlie and hopes to find a piece of Sloth to replace the one his mother diaposed of when his grandmot [...]

    15. Magic Square Challenge 2018 - #2 - Book Vipers Monthly ReadA classic travel memoir that unfortunately failed to infect me with wanderlust. There were several issues that prevented In Patagonia from working out for me. Firstly, it lacked direction, or itinerary, that would give me a clear scope of Chatwin's journey. Each short chapter was disconnected from the rest, and kind of jumped from topic to topic. I feel like the author just wrote down the first thing that came to his head in the order th [...]

    16. Patagonia is that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, the major part of which is Argentina and the rest, Chile. In the 501 Must Read Books list this is included as a travel book. I think this is a bit off. The title gives a hint. It's "In Patagonia." The preposition "in" makes a lot of difference. Bruce Chatwin did not make a lot of description of the various places he had been in Patagonia when he started travelling there in 1974. At least not as much as the people--both livin [...]

    17. I think the best way to represent my experience with this book would be to include all that I learned and researched as I read it. I just need to transfer them from my written notepad.

    18. Questo racconto di viaggio narra delle vicende di un uomo che si trova a viaggiare in Sud America, dando di volta in volta conto delle personalità più particolari che incontra, di alcuni degli accadimenti che gli capitano, mescolando la sua quotidianità con aneddoti del passato che coinvolgono personaggi importanti e peculiari che hanno a loro volta attraversato quelle terre.La premessa mi sembrava interessante, poiché ero curiosa di leggere una sorta di autobiografia di viaggio e l'ambienta [...]

    19. Cult book! Il libro del viaggio, di chi ama viaggiare, di chi si vuol perdere nel mondo alla ricerca di se stesso Chatwin è inimitabile, ti fa venire voglia di amare il luogo in cui sei, e ti contagia nell'iniziare a viaggiare

    20. In this unusual piece of travel writing, Bruce Chatwin visits the remote area of Patagonia. The spur for his journey was a piece of dinosaur skin remembered from his childhood - he goes in search of the mythical beast and to find evidence of the relative who sent the skin home. He intersperses descriptions of the places he visits with anecdotes about the people he meets and about historical figures (such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) who had also found their way to this remote part of t [...]

    21. Ho ripreso in mano questo bel libro di viaggio in questi ultimi giorni di agosto del 2015, dopo averlo letto e assaporato negli ultimi giorni di aprile del 2007, quindi otto anni fa. Stava nella mia libreria e ogni tanto, in questi anni, gli davo un'affettuosa occhiata. Forse annoiato da questa nuova sessione di esami, forse desideroso di viaggiare, l'ho riletto e sto per terminarlo per la seconda volta. Che potrei aggiungere? Mi fa svagare dall'ordinarietà della vita, riesce col suo stile inim [...]

    22. En los setenta Chatwin hace turismo en la patagonia buscando los pasos de un viejo pariente. Mezcla buenos comentarios de otros escritores con las impresiones sin filtro que recoge de argentinos y chilenos; recordar que en los setenta estos países eran un lugar envenenado de la tierra. Hay algo muy agradable en la prosa o en la traducción.

    23. Blends the history of Patagonia, and the region, with the author's contemporary encounters and observations. The story focuses on eccentrics and adventurous people, suggesting that the remote and wild country attracts and breeds them. Published in 1977, and written during the US- organized fascist junta of Pinochet, Chatwin discusses that elephant in the room in a highly selective and oblique manner, through his interview with a large landowner, dispossessed of her land, during the short-lived A [...]

    24. Even though I am a lover of travel and adventure literature, I have never picked up this classic by Bruce Chatwin. It was interesting to read the introduction and learn how controversial the book has become. Chatwin fudged a few facts and many of the people he wrote about weren't too happy with their treatment. For myself, I thought the book was very interesting and it kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. Each chapter, some as short as 3-4 paragraphs, are recollections or observances [...]

    25. This book is many things. A kind of dream. A nostalgia. A picture of the titular place. And an investigation into what happened to Butch Cassidy and Sundance. Most of all it is a string of stories, strung in fact in most instances by a colon at the end of the chapter. It's best to read it with a map of the place in hand. It mixes time periods and jumps around the southern tip of South America naming places on the assumption the reader knows where they are. And it is chock full of names of places [...]

    26. IN PATAGONIA. (1977). Bruce Chatwin. ****.This is a re-read of a book I first read about thirty years ago. From the Sunday Times (London):“We are lucky to have so many travelers among us with the gift of sharing their experience, enhancing ours: Freya Stark, Laurens van der Post, Graham Greene, Eric Newby, V. S. Naipaul, Paul Theroux spring to mind. Amplified in particular by a newcomer deserving instant inclusion: Bruce Chatwin. A splendid book.”From the author:“In Patagonia” is not a t [...]

    27. Sorely disappointed. A mush of historical stories and facts, lacking creativity and attachment to the moment, often abruptly ending leaving a dull sense of irritation and being shortchanged. Silver lining, guess I'll just have to head to Patagonia and see what's happening for myself, as I'm certainly not going to find such insight within the pages of this book.

    28. If there ever was a definition of the perfect travelogue, it would be like this. The author's style of writing is slow and unhurried and vividly descriptive. I could actually picture the author's whole journey across the patagonian steppes to the Tierra del Fuego. It has just the right combination of historical anecdotes, wonder-inducing, awe-inspiring picturization and personal tidbits. A classic, which has inspired generations of backpackers across South America. Now, the colors painted by thi [...]

    29. Forced myself to finish this book. The book starts out with a rambling, skipping history of Argentina, dipping into popular lore to talk about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. From there, it dips into short anecdote after anecdote, divided up roughly by chapters, chronicling the narrator's trip through Argentina to find remains of a great giant sloth that made the papers around the turn of the 20th century. You've got 3 interesting possible subjects:1. The history of outlaws fleeing to Argent [...]

    30. Qué cosa tan maravillosa. Leyendo un poco sobre el libro, me encontré con que en algún momento acusaron a Chatwin de falsear información: qué soberana burrada, qué corta lectura. Si bien es un libro de viajes que, supuestamente, habla de lo vivido por el autor en su viaje a la Patagonia, quedarse únicamente en el terreno de lo "real" y lo "inventado" es no darse mucha cuenta de nada. Acá unas notitas sobre lo "real" y lo "ficticio" en este libro. - En la Patagonia empieza con un pedazo d [...]

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