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Inspiration September 26, 2006

Posted by el fuser in Che Guevara.
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Reading Jon Anderson’s Che tome ‘A Revolutionary Life’ has inspired me and made me enthusiastic about chasing a career for the first time in my life.
I have had a very privileged education, Grammar School and University, but only stayed with it because I didn’t know what else to do. My university course in hindsight was a terrible waste of time and points me in a career direction that I know I would hate. Working has always been an inevitable but feared and loathed part of life for me.
My desire to be a writer has always been there, but was almost extinguished during university. A science based course penalises writing that contains emotion and views and has no room for passion. After reading this book I am inspired not only by Che, but equally by Jon Anderson. A master researcher, he retells the Che story as accurately as possible but rarely loses the readers interest. I suppose it’s easy when you are writing about Che, a man who led his life as if he knew someone was going to write about him one day.
Last night I decided to apply for several courses that would put take this inspiration and make it burn brightly. No more messing around.

In one of my applications I was required to write a book review of 250 words, guess what I chose?

What else could adorn the front cover of what could well be the definitive guide to Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara than the picture that was described by The Maryland Institute College of Art as “the most famous photograph in the world and a symbol of the 20th century”. You know which one. To most people, that picture represents only rebellion. You only have to visit your local city centre to see Mummy’s little anarchists – ‘rebels’ sporting a Che t-shirt or patch that they thought would make a bold statement and gain kudos amongst their peers. To say that the photograph is of a man who was a rebel is about as useful as saying the Mona Lisa is a painting of a woman smiling. Che was undoubtedly a first class rebel, but he was human (and not necessarily a very likable one) – one who suffered chronically from asthma, one who at various points womanised, teased, is as racist and arrogant as his peers , argued for the sake of argument and threw around his temper without real cause. He was also, perhaps surprisingly for most, a reasonably privileged man who could have easily settled for a quiet life as a doctor. Jon Anderson fills in the details of that famous photograph and leaves us admiring it as not just an icon of rebellion, but of drive, ambition, a sense of justice, adventure and not settling for the ‘easy life’. You may not like Che or his politics after this reading this book, but you cannot fail to be inspired by the way he lived his life.

~El Fuser

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