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Author: Nick Reding
ISBN13: 978-0609605967
Title: The Last Cowboys at the End of the World: The Story of the Gauchos of Patagonia
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Language: English
Category: Americas
Publisher: Crown; First American Edition edition (December 11, 2001)
Pages: 293

The Last Cowboys at the End of the World: The Story of the Gauchos of Patagonia by Nick Reding

The author rambled along for the first 1/2 of the book-or, at least I had a hard time following any point he was trying to make-but that problem got sorted out by the second half. It is a good book if you want an idea of how a very small part of the world works: Chilean Patagonia and the gauchos who still live there. Apr 24, 2015 Desiree rated it liked it. Shelves: chile. I read this in preparation for my trip to Chile later this year. While I think it would be cool to visit a remote area like this, I'm not sure I'm brave enough to do it.

The lives of these real cowboys riding the last free range are both fascinating and frightening. This is compulsive reading by a gifted storyteller. In 1995 Reding traveled a still-unfinished road in Chilean Patagonia into an unmapped river valley, and it was there he found himself in a closed chapter of history: a last undetected and unexplored.

Some people will go to the ends of the earth for a good story; Nick Reding went to the end of the road, which turned out to be one and the same. When the Pan American Highway was extended into Chilean Patagonia, it exposed a people long believed to be extinct-the gauchos. While the gauchos had struggled for centuries with the hantavirus, extreme isolation, and visits by the devil, what the road brought was truly overwhelming

They live in isolation. Patagonia, which covers 250,000 square miles over the two countries, averages less than one inhabitant per square mile. Many Chileans go their entire lives without coming across a gaucho. After reading Reding’s book, English department chair, poet and novelist Reginald Gibbons said his former student demonstrated stamina, determination and self-discipline as a writer. Not until Reding took an expository writing class at Northwestern did he realize he was interested in writing. Then he worked his way into the creative writing program. While The Last Cowboys took an ethnographic tone, Reding says he just wants to tell people’s stories, not write science. Emily Ramshaw (J03).

The Story of the Gauchos of Patagonia. Patagonia Apocalyptica. Grim and hopeless in a last great, wild place. Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2001.

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Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59691-650-0. Journalist Nick Reding stumbled into Gooding, Idaho, in 1999, to report a magazine story about ranching in the sparsely populated flatlands northwest of where Idaho, Nevada and Utah come together. It was there that Reding first encountered crystal methamphetamine, and he didn't just see it in one place. It was everywhere - on the ranches, in the bars that overmatched police dared not enter and in the ranch bunkhouses where dealers dropped by like door-to-door salesmen. In his persuasive new book, "Methland," journalist Nick Reding reveals the fallacies of this myth by showing how, over the past three decades, small-town America has been blighted by methamphetamine, which has taken root in - and taken hold of - its soul.

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The UK premier screening of GAUCHO: The Last Cowboys of Patagonia followed by a Q&A with the film makers Josh Bullock and Tom Martienssen in conversation with writer and broadcast journalist Simon Parker. GAUCHO is an evocation of a dying way of life and a portrait of a true original, Heraldo Rial, an eighty-year-old cattle rancher who embodies the traditional ranching culture of his Patagonian ancestors. Gauchos’ are proud, self-reliant cowboys living on the edge of the known world in an immense land virtually untouched by man. Grazing their herds in glacial valleys under mountain peaks.

Gaucho conjures up an image as iconic as the word cowboy. But according to historians and anthropologists, their semi-nomadic culture disappeared at the end of the nineteenth century, and no one has seen the gauchos since. Until now.Twenty-five years ago, the government of Chile began building a road into Chilean Patagonia, one of the least-populated regions in the world. In 1995, when Nick Reding traveled down that still-unfinished road into an unmapped river valley, he found himself in a closed chapter of history: a last, undetected, and unexplored outpost of gauchos so isolated that many of them, some of whom are boys as young as thirteen, still live completely alone with their herds, hours on horseback from the nearest neighbors. In 1998, Nick returned to the valley to witness what happens when time catches up to a people whom history has forgotten. Reding’s account of the ten months he spent in Middle Cisnes, Patagonia, is a riveting, novelistic exploration of the longing for change by a people and a culture that, according to history books and the Chilean government, do not even exist. There’s Duck, the alcoholic with whom Reding lives and who takes Reding on long cattle drives, teaching him to ride and work as gauchos have for centuries; Duck’s wife, Edith, who is convinced she is reliving the life of her estranged mother, who was, according to legend, wed to the Devil; John of the Cows, a famed cattle thief wanted for murder who takes Reding to the secret place in the mountains where he hides his stolen stock; and Don Tito and Alfredo, two brothers who are unsure of their age and communicate with each other through smoke signals. In Middle Cisnes, Reding watches a singular—and ultimately murderous—conflict take hold between those who want to trade life in the nineteenth century for life in the twenty-first and those who want to keep living as gauchos have for hundreds of years. What all of them understand is the near impossibility of a journey through a world where everything from the fierce landscape to a ravaging disease conspires against them, a journey whose terminus—the Outside, the only town in central Patagonia’s 42,000 square miles—is a place where the gauchos are not only ill-equipped to live, but clearly unwelcome. The Last Cowboys at the End of the World is a story of regeneration through violence and tragedy. When the people of Middle Cisnes finally try to take their place in the modern world, the results are as horrifying and surprising as they are heroic. In the collision of the gaucho past, our present, and an unknown future, Nick Reding captures a moment in time that we have never before seen and will never see again.
Reviews: 7
Extraordinary, this uttermost place on earth - still with the dew of earth's first morning upon it and Nick Redding captured this completely through an oblique stance: That of illustrating the angst, the inability of those who are of this place to comprehend the contemporary world that is emphatically overtaking their world. The real persons Mr. Redding meets and writes about are revealed in this book in a thoughtful (though still painful) manner, ultimately showing their hard-scrabble character is as fragile as that of the ever-present wildness of this land. Mr. Redding is correct, for this is the last time this place, these people will exist upon our earth.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I liked how the plot jumped in between different characters and I found the dialog between the characters entertaining. I should probably read more books like this one.
Good interesting book. Makes you want to go to Patagonia (or mabe also stay at home). Read it and find out.
These people and their places are disappearing. One day, no one will know anything about the gauchos and or Patagonia.
Amazing story. These are real cowboys,
I liked the book very much because I was traveling to Chile and Argentina and the book is all about the gauchos in those countries. I read it while traveling there and it helped me understand the country, the land and the people who live there.
"Last Cowboys" is journalism of the highest order. It's also a thoroughly enjoyable, compelling, read, a book that could be mistaken for fiction. And first-rate fiction at that. Reding has George Orwell's transcendent approach to investigative journalism. The truth is there to be found. Find it. Tell it. Be as honest and straightforward as possible. But in some ways, "Last Cowboys" is a better book than "Wigan Pier." It's not polemical; Reding is reporting, but he's not grinding any ax. It's much more immediate, with a personal intimacy Orwell never attempted.

"Last Cowboys" is superb in (at least) five different dimensions:
1) a voyeur's view, watching the inner workings of a marriage under stress
2) a sociologist's case study of one family making the transition from a herder's life to a modern urban slum. This includes a shift in 'religious' focus, from the all-powerful Devil to the evangelical preacher capable of exorcism.
3) an up-close and detailed participation in the life of a pre-modern gaucho
4) an incredible adventure. Reding 'went native' to get the story. How he managed the transition from city boy to gaucho is difficult to comprehend. His life there was very tough, very primitive, and sometimes in desperate peril.
5) a vivid description of the land forms and the terrain in the Aisen wrinkle of the Andes, along the Cisnes (Swan) River, where the cordillera is tapering off toward the south.

It is impossible to know how "true" Reding's report is, how many liberties he took with the material. There is a feeling, from the text itself, and from the Acknowledgments, that the tale has been shaped and edited for the market. My personal estimate is that the shaping and editing were limited to the translation, the selection of material, and the narrative flow. The gaps and loose ends that remain lead me to believe that the facts are true, as they were observed.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nick Reding earlier this year, and as I chatted with him over some drinks, I was really struck by the thought, "This guy has led a really amazing life!" As a result, I went out and grabbed this book and as I read it, I became even more amazed.
Nick tells the story of his experiences in the Chilean Patagonia in a way that draw you in to every moment. The vividness of his writing and the beauty of some of his comparisons made this quite an enjoyable read. His attention to detail leaves the reader with a feeling that they are right there staring over Nick's shoulder as he goes about life in a very different part of the world.
Nick has that knack that some of the best writers have of being able to see the common thread that exists between very different experiences and places. This book is also extremely well researched with a lot of attention to historical detail, but this detail is not integrated in a dry textbook like manner. Instead when Nick feels it is neccessary to illuminate the reader about a particular piece of history to provide context for an event, he explains that history without distracting from the main storyline.
Overall, this is an excellent piece of writing and I look forward to future books by Nick (he assures me at least one more is on the way).