Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

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Book - 2006
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The well-intentioned protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught -- to both disastrous and hilarious effect -- in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. In "Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera," an ornithologist being held hostage in the Colombian rain forest finds that he respects his captors for their commitment to a cause, until he realizes that the Revolution looks a lot like big business. In "The Good Ones Are Already Taken," the wife of a Special Forces officer battles a Haitian voodoo goddess with whom her husband is carrying on a not-entirely-spiritual relationship. And in "The Lion's Mouth," a disillusioned aid worker makes a Faustian bargain to become a diamond smuggler for the greater good. With masterful pacing and a robust sense of the absurd, each story in Brief Encounters with Che Guevara is a self-contained adventure, steeped in the heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope, that characterizes countries in transition.

Through Fountain's rounded and novelistic prose, these intelligent and keenly observed stories are painted in provocative and vibrant detail across a global canvas. Brief Encounters with Che Guevara marks the arrival of a striking and resonant new voice that speaks adeptly to the intimate connection between the foreign, the familiar, and the inescapably human.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060885588
0060885580
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 24 cm

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swheeler89
Jun 15, 2016

Fountian took me on a journey, traveling to developing areas where few have been. The short stories themselves were entertaining and thought provoking. Enjoyed this collection more than Fountain's latest, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" which wandered too much for me.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

Eight short stories set in Columbia, Haiti, Sierre Leone and elsewhere. Well-written, engrossing, adventurous and humourous (e.g., a birder captured in Columbia). I was a little uncertain of the author's politics, but nevertheless enjoyed these stories.

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John_M
Aug 28, 2010

Very much enjoyed this collection of short stories. Most revolved around 1st world persons coming face to face with 3rd world revolutionaries in unexpected ways and with unexpected outcomes.

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