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The Resource The robber of memories : a river journey through Colombia, Michael Jacobs

The robber of memories : a river journey through Colombia, Michael Jacobs

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The robber of memories : a river journey through Colombia
Title
The robber of memories
Title remainder
a river journey through Colombia
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Michael Jacobs
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eng
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"Magdalena, a river that courses through the heart of Columbia, connects a violent past with the country's uncertain present. British writer Michael Jacobs struggles to reconcile his love for the land and its people with the dangers that both still present. Determined to eliminate modern conveniences from his journey, he begins traversing the river by tugboat. He makes an exception for a cell phone that maintains a sporadic signal at best, in efforts to keep in touch with his mother suffering from deteriorating health. Jacobs cannot help but notice the irony of his mother's dementia and his travels through Colombian townships with the world's highest incidence of early-onset Alzheimer's. While navigating the mysterious river and unfamiliar territory-both emotionally and geographically-Jacobs comes across Gabriel Garcia Marrquez, whose own faltering memory shows a growing obsession with the Magdalena River of his youth. When Jacobs and his companions are apprehended by FARC guerillas who turn out to be as quirky and affable as they are intimidating, life begins to imitate the magical realism of Marquez's signature works. Shortly after being released from captivity, the FARC camp is bombed by the Colombian air force, leaving no likely survivors among his oddly likeable captors. Exploring themes of adventure, endings, and "the utter pointlessness of it all," Jacobs can only forge onward in his reflection of the mystical river"--
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Title
The robber of memories
Creator
Summary
"Magdalena, a river that courses through the heart of Columbia, connects a violent past with the country's uncertain present. British writer Michael Jacobs struggles to reconcile his love for the land and its people with the dangers that both still present. Determined to eliminate modern conveniences from his journey, he begins traversing the river by tugboat. He makes an exception for a cell phone that maintains a sporadic signal at best, in efforts to keep in touch with his mother suffering from deteriorating health. Jacobs cannot help but notice the irony of his mother's dementia and his travels through Colombian townships with the world's highest incidence of early-onset Alzheimer's. While navigating the mysterious river and unfamiliar territory-both emotionally and geographically-Jacobs comes across Gabriel Garcia Marrquez, whose own faltering memory shows a growing obsession with the Magdalena River of his youth. When Jacobs and his companions are apprehended by FARC guerillas who turn out to be as quirky and affable as they are intimidating, life begins to imitate the magical realism of Marquez's signature works. Shortly after being released from captivity, the FARC camp is bombed by the Colombian air force, leaving no likely survivors among hisoddly likeable captors. Exploring themes of adventure, endings, and "the utter pointlessness of it all," Jacobs can only forge onward in his reflection of the mystical river"--
Subject
Genre
Tone
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10203772
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
918.61
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
F2281.M23
LC item number
J34 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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adult
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a river journey through Colombia
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a river journey through Colombia
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Michael Jacobs
The robber of memories : a river journey through Colombia, Michael Jacobs

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