The Dictator's Highway
Paperback, 401 Pages
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After seizing power in a violent coup, President Augusto Pinochet ordered the construction of the Carretera Austral, a highway across Chile’s southern wilderness. In an absorbing account, Justin Walker explores this territory from one end to the other, moving from village to village by any available means. His expertly crafted descriptions create a vivid picture of Chilean Patagonia. Combining independent travel with local history, social conscience with environmental awareness, and contemplative reflections with light-hearted humour, The Dictator’s Highway is a unique book and a compelling read. Includes 17 maps and 24 photographs.
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Aug 23, 2015An entertaining and informative account, this book provides essential background reading for anyone planning a visit to Patagonia or Chile.
Mar 16, 2015Truthfully, my days of long distance travels are basically over. In pratice, most of that long haul travel was on behalf of an employer and time on my own to explore the out of the way places was, as you would expect, somewhat limited. Never the less, in many of us, a small spark of an explorer still hangs on, albeit buried very deep these days. If I accept that I cannot now travel to such out of the way places, then I am very happy to accept a well written book as an alternative. That alternative, as presented here by Justin, is most acceptable. Reading a lot of similar books does also leave me with some better understanding of what consitutes good writing and in my humble opinion, this book counts as good writing. Justine took his trip through an area that many of us would love to travel through and I found his writing both witty and informative. I found the descriptions both colourful and interesting, although some of the explanations about the different Spanish dialect used in the... More > Region was perhaps a little to much. Overall, a great initial book and I trust Justin will contine to write futher guides in the future. 10 out of 10!< Less
Feb 24, 2015I’ll be honest – I’m an armchair traveller – why go to the bother of planning, funding and actually doing a huge trip when someone else will do it for you? And boy, The Dictator’s Highway certainly pulls out all the stops and ticks all the boxes. This is so much more than a journal of one man’s road trip. Yes there are observations and anecdotes a plenty, but the language conveys such emotions and experiences - joy and despair, exhilaration and exhaustion, frustration and amusement. On every page there is something to learn about the people, the wildlife, the culture and the politics. Travelling by plane, boat, all manner of vehicles and on foot, through what at first seems to be a remote and isolated place, that let’s face it most of us have never heard of or could point to on a map. Patagonia, as it turns out, is anything but – its wild and vibrant, with majestic scenery and stunning vistas, interesting people and traditions and a place where you can contemplate life.
Jan 20, 2015The Dictator's Highway is a long and remote road through Chile's southerly Patagonian regions called the Carretera Austral. The Book is a terrific insight into a six-week expedition of geographical and self-exploration. The descriptions of the countryside and its people are arresting and the characters stay in the mind: the elderly, wise gaucho Don Vicente tending his animals high up on a mountain, the massively-built Pablo cutting logs for a living, Mauricio running an ecotourism camp;these and many others came alive in my imagination. The stories of everyday Patagonian people blend well with the details of the landscape and the local history, making a delightful read. The author's engaging style includes many memorable turns of phrase, making for an intimacy with the reader. You don't have to be an addict of travelogues to enjoy the book, but if you are you will love it.
Jan 20, 2015Adventures in the wilds of Patagonia. Justin is an engaging and knowledgeable guide, as he ends four years living in Chile by undertaking what might seem like too much of an adventure, a six week journey along the Carretera Austral highway. This is a fascinating read about places which were accessible only by boat until the Carretera Austral was constructed, about towns less than fifty years old, about a land where glaciers are not just a concept but something visible in the landscape, and where an active volcano might fill an abandoned village with mud and ash. Justin’s descriptions of the dramatic scenery made me seek out more images of Chile, and his digressions into the historical and political background of the places he visits are highly worthwhile. And I really enjoyed watching him learn the Patagonian mindset – ‘he who hurries wastes his time’.
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- Justin Walker (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Justin Walker
- January 7, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.41 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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