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The Robber of Memories free pdf Magdalena, a river that courses through the heart of Columbia, connects a violent past with the country's uncertain present. British writer Michael Jacobs struggles to reconcile his love for the land and its people with the dangers that both still present. Determined to eliminate modern conveniences from his journey, he begins traversing the river by tugboat. He makes an exception for a cell phone that maintains a sporadic signal at best, in efforts to keep in touch with his mother suffering from deteriorating health. Jacobs cannot help but notice the irony of his mother's dementia and his travels through Colombian townships with the world's highest incidence of early-onset Alzheimer's. While navigating the mysterious river and unfamiliar territory--both emotionally and geographically--Jacobs comes across Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose own faltering memory shows a growing obsession with the Magdalena River of his youth. When Jacobs and his companions are apprehended by FARC guerillas who turn out to be as quirky and affable as they are intimidating, life begins to imitate the magical realism of Marquez's signature works. Shortly after being released from captivity, the FARC camp is bombed by the Colombian air force, leaving no likely survivors among his oddly likeable captors. Exploring themes of adventure, endings, and "the utter pointlessness of it all," Jacobs can only forge onward in his reflection of the mystical river.

About Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs was born in Italy and studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. He is the author of several travel books, including "Andes" and "The Factory of Light: Tales from My Andalucian Village," which was shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. He lives in Spain and London.

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Author : Michael Jacobs
Publisher : Counterpoint LLC
Data Published : 12 November 2013
ISBN : 161902196X
EAN : 9781619021969
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 273 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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