Non-Fiction Book Club to Discuss – In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin - Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Pollard Library Non-Fiction book club meets at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of the month. On December 8, 2012 at 6:30PM the Pollard Library Non-Fiction Book Club will discuss In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin.
Here’s a description of the book from the Penguin Classics Edition:
“An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”— that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world.”
About the Author:
“In 1966 Chatwin abandoned a promising career as a director of Impressionist art at the auction firm Sotheby’s in London to study archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. From 1973 he worked for a time as a traveling correspondent for The Sunday Times (London), but he quit in 1976 to begin a pilgrimage through the Patagonia region of southern Argentina and Chile. The book In Patagonia (1977), based on his travels, won awards in Britain and the United States. The Viceroy of Ouidah (1980; filmed as Cobra Verde, 1987) is a fictionalized biography of a Brazilian slave trader in 19th-century Dahomey. In On the Black Hill (1982; filmed 1988), which won the Whitbread literary award, Chatwin explored the lives of twin brothers on an isolated 20th-century Welsh farm. Chatwin’s most commercially successful work, The Songlines (1987), is both a study of Australian Aboriginal creation myths and a philosophical reverie on the nature of nomads. His last novel was Utz (1988; filmed 1992). What Am I Doing Here?, a collection of Chatwin’s essays, was published posthumously.” —Encyclopedia Britannica Public Library Edition.
While you do need to obtain the book yourself this book club is free and open to the public. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!