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Date: 2007-03-31 13:20
Subject: #128 George Mikes: Tango: A solo across South America
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George Mikes: Tango: A solo across South America

Illustrator: Nicholas Bentley
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Deutsch (1961)
ISBN-10: 0233955992
Category(ies): Humour

This book is a collection of Mikes's observations from journeying in South America. As an experienced traveller outside his homeland (and as one who was living in a foreign country anyway), he was practised in observing the foibles of a place and extracting some essence of its character. Here, he took on Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. I can't vouch for the accuracy, never having been south of the equator, and in some senses it feels a bit more cursory than did Switzerland for Beginners, but that's probably inevitable when taking in a whole continent.

Mikes does South America.
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