while getting my hair cut:
"We're cool as long as he doesn't start sleeping with my friends."
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#49 -- "In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin
A travel classic that I knew I'd love, but put off reading for a long time. Don't ask me why. It's the first book by Chatwin that I've read, which is probably a serious oversight ("Utz" has languished on my shelf even longer). It's most entertaining when he's tracking down legends, rumors and tales -- his on-and-off following of Butch Cassidy is pretty enjoyable. The residents of Patagonia come across as iconoclasts and oddballs. There's been talk of a trip down to South America sometime in the not-to-distant future, so this was pretty cool to read -- I probably know less about South America than any other place on earth.
I guess, maybe, from reading some notes on Amazon, that this isn't entirely fact -- more a blend of fact and fiction, a la Lloyd Jones' "Biografi," which I really should read again. That doesn't bug me as much as it should, though I read it thinking it was presented as fact. It's not like I'm going to go check his work.
A lot of people hold this up as the all-time great in travel lit, but I wouldn't quite put it up there -- I can think of some I liked better. But this was great fun to read.