Saturday, April 11, 2009

Aimless Reading: The C's, Part 21 (Bruce Chatwin)

In Patagonia
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Chatwin, Bruce
In Patagonia

Another purchase from the NFOMDBS. I bought this because I heard Werner Herzog mention it when he spoke in Rochester several years ago. He was the telling the story of when Lotte Eisner, the famous film critic, was dying. Herzog decided to walk from Germany to Paris, telling himself that she would live until he arrived -- and she did. I don't remember the connection to this book, but I remember him mentioning it soon thereafter. I still haven't read it, though. Sorry, Werner!

From In Patagonia:

In the morning, black petrels were slicing the swells and, through the mist, we saw chutes of water coming off the cliffs. The ladies' lingerie salesman from Santiago had got out of hospital and was pacing the foredeck, chewing his lip and muttering poetry. There was a boy from the Falklands with a seal-skin hat and strange, sharp teeth. '''Bout time the Argentines took us over," he said. "We're so bloody inbred." And he laughed and pulled from his pocket a stone. "Look what he gave me, a bloody stone." As we came out into the Pacific, the businessman was still playing La Mer. Perhaps it was the only thing he could play.

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