by Bruce Chatwin
by Bruce Chatwin
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.
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by Bruce Chatwin
Long ago, the creators wandered Australia and sang the landscape into being, naming every rock, tree, and watering hole in the great desert. Those songs were passed down to the Aboriginals, and for centuries they have served not only as a shared heritage but as a living map. Sing the right song, and it can guide you across the desert. Lose the words, and you will die.
Into this landscape steps Bruce Chatwin, the greatest travel writer of his generation, who comes to Australia to learn these songs. A born wanderer, whose lust for adventure has carried him to the farthest reaches of the globe, Chatwin is entranced by the cultural heritage of the Aboriginals. As he struggles to find the deepest meaning of these ancient, living songs, he is forced to embark on a much more difficult journey—through his own history—to reckon with the nature of language itself.
Part travelogue, part memoir, part novel, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s final—and most ambitious—works. From the author of the bestselling In Patagonia and On the Black Hill, a sweeping exploration of a landscape, a people, and one man’s history, it is the sort of book that changes the reader forever.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
by Gregory Crouch
Gregory Crouch is one such pilgrim. In seven expeditions to this windswept edge of the Southern Hemisphere, he has braved weather, gravity, fear, and doubt to try himself in the alpine crucible of Patagonia. Crouch has had several notable successes, including the first winter ascent of the legendary Cerro Torre’s West Face, to go along with his many spectacular failures. In language both stirring and lyrical, he evokes the perils of every handhold, perils that illustrate the crucial balance between physical danger and mental agility that allows for the most important part of any climb, which is not reaching the summit, but getting down alive.
Crouch reveals the flip side of cutting-edge alpinism: the stunning variety of menial labor one must often perform to afford the next expedition. From building sewer systems during a bitter Colorado winter to washing the plastic balls in McDonalds’ playgrounds, Crouch’s dedication to the alpine craft has seen him through as many low moments as high summits. He recounts, too, the riotous celebrations of successful climbs, the numbing boredom of forced encampments, and the quiet pride that comes from knowing that one has performed well and bravely, even in failure. Included are more than two dozen color photographs that capture the many moods of this land, from the sublime beauty of the mountains at sunrise to the unrelenting fury of its storms.
Enduring Patagonia is a breathtaking odyssey through one of the worldís last wild places, a land that requires great sacrifice but offers great rewards to those who dare to challenge it.
From the Hardcover edition.
by Lady Florence Dixie
The ravine was in itself a fit preparation for something strange
and grand. Its steep slopes towered up on either side of us to an immense
height; and the sunlight being thus partially excluded, a mysterious gloom
reigned below, which, combined with the intense, almost painful silence of the
spot, made the scene inexpressibly strange and impressive. Its effect was
intensified by the knowledge that since these gigantic solitudes had been
fashioned by nature, no human eye had ever beheld them, nor had any human voice
ever raised the echoes, which, awakening now for the first time, repeated in
sonorous chorus the profane shouts of “Iegua! Iegua!” with which our
guides drove the horses along.
We hurried on, anxious to reach the mouth of the ravine, and
behold the promised land as soon as possible, but several hours elapsed before
last reached its farther end, and emerged from its comparative gloom into the
sunshine of the open. A glance showed us that we were in a new country. Before
us stretched a picturesque plain, covered with soft green turf, and dotted here
and there with clumps of beeches, and crossed in all directions by rippling
streams. The background was formed by thickly-wooded hills, behind which again
towered the Cordilleras,—three tall peaks of a
reddish hue, and in shape exact facsimiles of Cleopatra’s Needle, being a
conspicuous feature in the landscape. The califaté bushes here were of a size
we had never met on the plains, and were covered with ripe berries, on which
hosts of small birds were greedily feasting. The very air seemed balmier and
softer than that we had been accustomed to, and instead of the rough winds we
had hitherto encountered there was a gentle breeze of just sufficient strength
agreeably to temper the heat of the sun. Here and there guanaco were grazing
under the shade of a spreading beech tree, and by the indolent manner in which
they walked away as we approached, it was easy to see that they had never known
what it was to have a dozen fierce dogs and shouting horsemen at their heels.
But soon we all dismounted round a huge califaté 165bush,
and there we ate our fill of its sweet juicy berries, taking a supply with us
to be eaten after dinner, mashed up with sugar, as dessert. Then we gaily
cantered on towards the hills, passing many a pleasant-looking nook, and
enjoying many a charming glimpse of landscape, doubly delightful after the
ugliness of the plains.
Numerous small lagoons, covered with wild-fowl of strange and
novel appearance, frequently came in our way, and by their shores basked
hundreds of the lovely white swans whose species I have already mentioned.
Unlike their comrades of the plains they appeared perfectly tame, merely
waddling into the water when we approached close up alongside them, and never
once attempting to fly away. I was greatly struck by the thousands of ducks and
geese that covered these lakes.
Crossing a broad mountain-stream which ran down from the hills on
our left, and disappeared into a mighty gorge stretching away into those on our
right, we still directed our march along the grassy plain which led direct
towards the three huge Cleopatra peaks rising from out of the snow glaciers far
ahead of us. The thickly-wooded slopes which we could perceive in the distance
filled us with eager longing to reach them, as it 166was
many a day since we had last seen trees of any kind. In the vast forests which
lay before us we promised ourselves a goodly supply of fuel and many a roaring
fire around the camp. On the way we occasionally gave chase to the foxes which
started up at our approach. There are a great many of these animals in Patagonia, and one has to be careful to put all leather
articles in some safe place at night, or else in the morning one is apt to find
them gnawed to pieces by these sly marauders. Their fur is very soft, and
silver gray in colour. I resolved to make a collection of their skins, and
carry them back to England
to be made up into rugs and other useful articles. It is very rarely that a dog
can catch one of these foxes by himself: our best ostrich hound, “La
Plata,” after an exciting chase
of half an hour, found himself outpaced and outstayed. So quickly can they
twist, turn, and double, that it is out of the power of one dog to equal them.
Nowhere is a place
by Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, Jeff Gnass
by Wayne Bernhardson
Patagonia’s staggering landscapes, titanic glaciers, and rugged mountains evoke mystery and inspire self-discovery. Explore the ends of the earth with Moon Patagonia.
What You’ll Find in Moon Patagonia:
- Expert author and world traveler Wayne Bernhardson shares his perspective on his favorite place on earth
- Full-color guidebook with vibrant, helpful photos
- Detailed directions and maps for getting around and exploring on your own
- Strategic itineraries, including The Best of Patagonia, Wildlife Encounters, Explore the Natural World, Glacier Gazing, and Classic Patagonia Road Trips
- Activities and ideas for every traveler: Hike the glacier of Perito Moreno National Park, or glimpse Patagonia’s pre-Colombian past at Cueva de las Manos. See penguins and marine mammals off the coast of the Falkland Islands, or visit Chile’s lakes district, home to the Mapuche people. Savor authentic asado at a local ranch, and go horseback riding through the Torres mountains. Sample seafood in Santiago, or take in tango in Buenos Aires
- In-depth coverage for Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Northern Argentine Patagonia, The Chilean Lakes District, Aisén and Continental Chiloé, Southern Argentine Patagonia, Magallanes, Argentine Tierra del Fuego, and the Falkland Islands
- Accurate information, including background on the landscape, culture, history, and environment
- Handy tools such as travel tips and safety information in an easy-to-navigate format, all packaged in a book light enough to fit in your daypack
With Moon Patagonia‘s practical tips, myriad activities, and an insider’s view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.
Surf Is Where You Find It
by Gerry Lopez
It Was Snowing Butterflies
by Charles Darwin
Let My People Go Surfing
by Yvon Chouinard
From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
“This is the story of an attempt to do more than change a single corporation–it is an attempt to challenge the culture of consumption tat is at the hear of the global ecological crisis.” –From the Foreword by Naomi Klein, bestselling author of This Changes Everything