SOCIAL SCIENCES

Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America

Santa Fe Writer's Project. May 2017. 350p. maps. ISBN 9781939650542. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781939650566. TRAV
COPY ISBN
Debut author McCahill measures her yearlong memoir on the Patagonian Road in seasons and countries. We follow her through markets, on buses, in hostels, barrios, brothels, streets, and mountains, as she simultaneously captures the solitude as well as the wonder of the path. McCahill takes a similar route to Paul Theroux's 1979 travelog The Old Patagonian Express. But where Theroux is confined to the rails—no immersion—McCahill plunges in, body and soul. Although this road has been trodden, the author's journey and insights, as she explores (and teaches) her way from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, have a presence and immediacy. She struggles candidly with fears, identity, love, vulnerability, homesickness, and road weariness, but is also open to the perspective "the moment" can bring. She considers the reciprocity between traveler and local; the inward exploration of self that travel delivers; the connectedness to our surroundings; and reawakening our senses.
VERDICT This welcome (and timely) call to explore foreign borders as well as our own comfort zones is highly recommended.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?