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Author Jacobs, Michael, 1952-2014.

Title The robber of memories : a river journey through Colombia / Michael Jacobs.

Publication Info. Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2013]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  918.61 JAC    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  918.61 JAC    AVAILABLE
Description 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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unmediated rdamedia
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Summary "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 Marrquez, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Jacobs, Michael, 1952-2014.
García Márquez, Gabriel, 1952- -- Health.
Alzheimer's disease.
TRAVEL / South America / General.
Magdalena River (Colombia) -- Description and travel.
Magdalena River Valley (Colombia) -- Description and travel.
ISBN 9781619021969 hardback
161902196X hardback

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