Travels in a Thin Country

Travels in a Thin Country

A Journey Through Chile

By Sara Wheeler

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375753657, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 1999


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 spent seven months in Antarctica in 1995 as writer in residence with the U.S. Polar Program. She is the author of Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, an international bestseller chosen by Beryl Bainbridge as one of the best books of the year, and Travels in a Thin Country, a finalist for the Thomas Cook Award, both available from the Modern Library.

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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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