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Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia

by Sara Mansfield Taber

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Amidst laborious detail, Ms. Taber describes the distressingly solitary and difficult life of the people who live on the campo of Patagonia. She had a romantic view of wanting to live in "Emersonian self-reliance in a wild and depriving landscape." But her painstaking prose well-laced with similes and metaphors ("The yellow-brown land was a slab of hot bristly pancake...rabbits bounced away from the prow of the car, like wheat being threshed...Liliana was a glass of sparkling tonic about to overflow") makes reading her book almost as excruciating as life must be on her peninsula in Patagonia. After reading this book, I don't think I'd want to visit that part of the world. ( )
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