The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Translated by Ann Wright - review by Johnny Acton

Johnny Acton

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The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America


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A straw poll suggests that although most people in this country have a hazy image of who Che Guevara was, they are only likely to have come across him in some combination of the following three manifestations. First, they may remember that he was the role model for Wolfie, the urban guerrilla of Tooting, played by Robert Lindsay in real point of the story is the formative role the journey plays in the development of the narrator’s idealism.

The publisher's letter which accompanied my copy hypothesised that the Guevara family had delayed releasing the diaries for so long after Che’s death (in the Bolivian jungle in 1967) because of the flashes of political incorrectness they contain. There are indeed a couple of dodgy remarks about blacks, and a

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