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Travels in a Thin Country

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Travels in a Thin Country

A Journey Through Chile

By Sara Wheeler

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375753657, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 1999

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Description

Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide--not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom, from the driest desert in the world to the sepulchral wastes of Antarctica. Eloquent, astute, nimble with history and deftly amusing, Travels in a Thin Country established Sara Wheeler as one of the very best travel writers in the world.



About the Author
Sara Wheeler is the author of many books of biography and travel, including Access All Areas: Selected Writings 1990-2011 and Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile. Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica was an international bestseller that The New York Times described as "gripping, emotional" and "compelling," and The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle was chosen as Book of the Year by Michael Palin and Will Self, among others. Wheeler lives in London.


Praise For Travels in a Thin Country

"Notably well written, perceptive, lively and sympathetic.  Sara Wheeler is very well worth reading." --Daily Telegraph

"She is a marvelous writer--funny, elegant and observant.  As a traveling companion, Sara Wheeler is shrewd and
amusing and likeable and well informed . . . not just a good but an outstanding travel writer." --The Oldie

"Always lively and informative, sketching in the history with a light but sure touch . . . she admirably conveys the mood
of contemporary Chile." --The New Statesman

"A gifted writer with a knack for discovering the unexpected . . . Ms. Wheeler is a writer with attitude." --The Hindu



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