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The Condor and the Cows

The Condor and the Cows
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Author: Christopher Isherwood
Foreword by: Jeffrey Meyers
Publisher: University Of Minnesota Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 268
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0816639825
ISBN-13: 9780816639823
About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

A lost treasure of this major writer.

In September 1947, long before mass tourism and with no knowledge of Spanish, Christopher Isherwood and his lover Bill Caskey left for a six-month tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Isherwood's account of this journey, The Condor and the Cows, is one of very few classic travel books on South America and was among the books Isherwood considered his best.

Based on his trip journal and loosely structured by the vagaries of his travels, these pages give us an Isherwood who dreams of voluntary exile in the tropical paradise of Curaçao and dines out on stories of Nazis in Berlin, missionaries in China, and movie stars in Hollywood. He describes the surprising and sometimes unnerving people and places he encounters through telling, cinematic details—of Inca drinking vessels, the Spanish colonial city of Cuzco (which he calls "one of the most beautiful monuments to bigotry and sheer brutal stupidity in the whole world"), a bullfight in Bogotá, the towering ruins of Machu Picchu. Unsentimental, rich, and wonderfully rendered, this expanded edition includes additional photographs by Bill Caskey and a new foreword by Jeffrey Meyers.

What people say:

"A very entertaining narrative. One is immensely grateful to the writer for having suffered the discomforts of dreary journeys by train, dangerous drives along precipices, and repellent accommodations in order to tell us, in pleasantly assimilable prose, what is to be found in these inaccessible places." — Edmund Wilson, New Yorker

"It makes the big, sad, mist-shrouded, sun-parched continent to the south of us come alive with an emotional impact, a vividness, and sense of tangible reality." — New York Times

"Isherwood's eye and wit are as lively as ever—the same quick sympathies, the squirrelish scrutiny, the open nerves and senses. His gift and his eye are a poet's, and these permit his final pages to rise to an eloquence and vision of their own." — The Nation

"Isherwood has conveyed the crowded effervescence of being there, he has persuaded on, that on such a trip, this is exactly what the normal, nonplussed traveler would have seen and heard on a journey that was undramatic and unromantic, but was heady, disturbing. The Condor and the Cows is not the Isherwood we have known, it is a larger, cinematic version, but the smaller, agile, eel-quick figure is there inside, and the two have made them an irresistible feature." — V.S. Pritchett, New Statesman and Nation

About the Author:

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was a British-born American writer who worked in many genres, including fiction, drama, film, travel, and autobiography. He was born in Manchester, England, and lived in Berlin from 1929 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books.

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