Che Guevara and the Mountain of Silver : By Bicycle and Train Through South America Paperback
by Anne Mustoe
In her brand-new travelogue, intrepid ex-headmistress and bestselling author Anne Mustoe dusts off the bicycle clips once more and embarks on a remarkable journey through South America.
Following in the bike tracks of Che Guevara, Anne retraces the route this iconic revolutionary figure once tread, as documented in the famous "Motorcycle Diaries".
A second route takes her to Potosi, the highest city in the world, as she travels to the Mountain of Silver.
Beautifully written and wonderfully evocative, "Che Guevara and the Mountain of Silver" charts an epic journey by bike and train through South America's most colourful and historically interesting areas.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 1x8 b/w illustration section
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/12/2007
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780753512746
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Review by kukulaj
I am a confirmed armchair bicycle tourist. Anne Mustoe is one of the widely acknowledged great writers in the genre. The one minor disappointment of this book is that Mustoe doesn't ride her bike for the larger part of her travels here. She's probably more disappointed by that than her reader will be, though!I don't know much about South America. This book was a great fun way to pick up some basics. Mustoe starts and ends her trip in Buenos Aires. She rides southwest to cross the Andes into southern Chile. She then takes buses through Chile to its north, then east through Bolivia, then back southeast to Buenos Aires.The title captures the themes: she follows Che Guevara's motorcycle route to Chile. Then from Bolivia the theme is the mountain of silver in Potosi. There is much talk of the Spanish conquest and then the nineteenth century independence from Spain and the wars especially where Bolivia loses territory to its neighbors. I recently read Vaclav Smil's Enriching the Earth, which features the nitrate fields which Chile now includes in its borders. Mustoe sketches quickly the importance of these but just touches on nitrate synthesis. But that is the fun of this kind of book - it seeds so much further exploration!Will I ever ride that road south from La Quiaca? Probably not! But Mustoe surely expanded my world with her travels, physical and intellectual!