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At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay

2 Ratings: 1.0
A book by John Gimlette

Over the past 500 years, Paraguay has been invaded by successive waves of conquistadors, missionaries, Mennonites, Australian socialists, fugitive Nazis and, perhaps most improbably, Islamic extremists. "An island surrounded by land," bordered by vast … see full wiki

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Author: John Gimlette
Genre: Travel
Publisher: Knopf
2 reviews about At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels...
review by . September 16, 2008
Supremely surrealistic travelogue and history of Paraguay in a rambling personalistic and impressionistic style. Gimlette is an Englishman who was drawn to spend extended visits in Paraguay, traveling among and learning about the many disparate cultural and ethnic and linguistic factions of a single strong country torn apart by strange and unfathomable fables and historic events.    The nation became the gathering ground for misguided immigrants such as Mennonites escaping Russian …
review by . June 03, 2004
I read this late at night in hot weather, figuring the tales of jungles, dessicated plateaus, and humid cities would match my mood. It did, but failed to rouse my ennui. Gimlette in small parts writes superbly. The blurb notes that while this is his first book, he has penned travel journalism. The latter, I think, is probably better suited to his style, which over hundreds of pages shimmers but then sinks. He has to integrate four hundred years of Paraguayan history into his own accounts of his …
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