Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile
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Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile


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.

Title:Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages

    Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile Reviews

  • Velvetink
    Jul 10, 2011

    This is probably a 4 star but have only rated it 3 because I don't really know how to review it. I enjoyed it totally = Wheeler writes well and has combined a heck of a lot of history with documenting...

  • Michael Economy
    Jan 20, 2010

    I really wanted to like this book. Some of it was a little interesting, but honestly i would have had a more enjoyable time reading the wikipedia article on Chile.Example of this book:I went to have d...

  • Lucia
    Dec 12, 2009

    A woman traveling (mostly) solo in South America for 6 months. How could I possibly not love this book? I'm still trying to figure that out, as I've been looking forward to eating it up.The author's a...

  • Stephen
    Feb 01, 2010

    I read about a hundred pages of this and decided I wasn't very interested in finishing it. The set-up is enviable: an extensive, top-to-bottom, six-month-long tour of one of the countries I find most ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 11, 2009

    The author combines history, political intrigue, stories of people she travels with or meets along the way, verbal snapshots of unbelievable landscape, and box after box of wine (mixed with Coke) into...

  • Becky
    Jan 19, 2016

    Another book I read in advance of our upcoming trip to Chile. I loved this travelogue describing the six months the author spent wandering Chile from top to bottom. Her dry British wit had me laughing...

  • Jim
    Jan 02, 2012

    I enjoyed Travels in a Thin Country even though I had my misgivings about the author. She certainly knew how to write well, but I felt she went about her travels the wrong way. She landed in Santiago ...

  • Gwenyth
    Jun 19, 2010

    I am giving up on this. Other reviews have commented that the author doesn't seem to absorb her surroundings and isn't likable. That's my impression as well. It seems as though she wouldn't be able to...

  • Thia
    Jul 31, 2010

    Dry. I would not have finished this book if it weren't for a strong interest in Chile since my son will be living there for two years. This book truely was mainly about her travels - how she traveled ...

  • Sara Foster
    Feb 25, 2008

    I bought this book a few months before I moved to Chile. Sara tours Chile from north to south and shares her experiences that she has with residents of various towns along the way. I found the book us...

About Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler was brought up in Bristol and studied Classics and Modern Languages at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. After writing about her travels on the Greek island of Euboea and in Chile, she was accepted by the US National Science Foundation as their first female writer-in-residence at the South Pole, and spent seven months in Antarctica.In her resultant book Terra Incognita: Travels