Who doesn’t like a good road trip…

Last week I read The Motor Cycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara, it was good. Not exactly what I expected but it was really good.

I think one of the reasons I liked it so much is because my heart is wired like that. To get in a car and just drive, even more exciting, to jump on a bike and ride across a new country! Oh my gosh, how amazing would that be!!! As most of us know him by, “Che”, he does just that. He and a friend jump on a bike, (singular, one bike -- which might not be as excepted these days) and they drive all around America or South America as us northernres call it.

This book is really a picture of a revolutionary in the making, which is really why I wanted to read it. It’s probably is not what you expect, it’s really in line with any other traveling memoir that you might have read. Lots of beautiful explanations and touching realizations but all are giving brush strokes to a picture of an amazing journey.

You don’t read about “Che’s” revolution and his interesting opinions on the world that make him who most of us know him as. Rather you see a young man seeing the world, sort of for the first time and realizing that there is injustice and oppression and maybe
“I” can do something about it. You really see the start of the journey of his life. It’s really not the most exciting book but understanding what Ernesto will become, the pages take on a greater meaning, one that has really impacted me.

My favorite part of the book though was the last section what wasn’t actually a part of The Motorcycle Diaries but was a portion of a speech he gave to a group of medical students encouraging them to be revolutionaries who use there skills to aid the revolution and change the world. It was thoroughly inspiring!

Anyway, it was a good book. I breezed through it in a week and I am a really slow reader. I would recommend it!

Now I am reading Abraham Cohen’s Everyman’s Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages. Not so much light reading, my guess is that it will take me next to forever to read it! The Forward was horrible, but the first chapter has been amazing. I will let you know how it goes!

Shalom
~~Erik