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South America

The fourth largest continent, South America has over 370 million inhabitants, more than only Australia and Antarctica. . . . → Read More: South America

Colombia: “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera

Analysis by Ben and discussion of “Love in the Time of Cholera” are coming soon… . . . → Read More: Colombia: “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Argentina: “The Motorcycle Diaries” by Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Motorcycle Diaries

According to his daughter Aleida Guevara, the 22-year old Che never intended for his diary chronicling the nine month journey through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela with 29-year old friend Alberto Granado to be published. Instead, the young medical student set off to chronicle the trip for his own purposes. Guevara, a middle class educated Argentine who had already traveled to Europe and Asia as well as around parts of South America, sought a grand adventure in addition to some insight about the places and people that made up his native continent. . . . → Read More: Argentina: “The Motorcycle Diaries” by Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Peru: “Deep Rivers” by José María Arguedas

Deep Rivers

The protagonist in José María Arguedas’ “Deep Rivers” begins with the premise that the mountain town of Cusco, Peru is “the big city.” As an orphan raised by servants, 14-year old Ernesto is thrilled to be embarking on a journey of discovery with his vagabond father. As they journey to Cusco, through the country, and ultimately to the town of where Ernesto is placed in a Catholic boarding school, Ernesto watches his father in muted awe, soaking in the opportunity to watch as the stories he has heard seem poised to spring to life. . . . → Read More: Peru: “Deep Rivers” by José María Arguedas