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The Motorcycle Diaries – Book & Motion Picture

Let the world change you…And you can change the world… 

The Motorcycle Diaries is a book that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, then a 23-year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist. Guevara and Alberto set out for travelling 8,000 kilometres across Latin America on an old 500cc Norton motorcycle. During the journey he is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a once-great Incan civilization. The book ends with a declaration by Guevara, originally born into an upper middle class family, displaying his willingness to fight and die for the cause of the poor, and his dream of seeing a united Latin America.

Walter Salles does a good job in making the script to a movie covering Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. It’s appealing to see how Ernesto “Fuser” and his older friend Alberto set out their journey in old Norton 500. The book doesn’t explain in detail the scenic beauty of Latin America, however the movie is visually striking. At the end of the movie Fuser flies back to Argentina and the following quote appears: This is not a tale of impressive deeds, is a piece of two lives taken at the moment when they were cruising together along a given path, with identity of aspiration and conjunction of dreams…Was our vision too narrow, too parallel, too rushed?…Were our conclusions too rigid?…Maybe…But the aimless roaming through our America changed me more than I thought… I am not myself anymore… At least I am not the same inside!

8000Km journey in a single cylinder motorbike and gravel road in 1950s…Both Fuser and Alberto falls down from Norton several times…., It reminded me bumping my pulsar to a sign board on the way to Nandi hills….Huh!, I couldnt even climb Nandhi hill yet with a Bajaj Pulsar!!

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