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Title:
In Bolivia
Author:
Lawlor, Eric.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1989.
Physical Description:
xii, 226 pages ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780394758367
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

While Lawlor's vignettes from his trips to Bolivia may not be the last word in riveting political analysis, in their offhand way they illuminate the current state of the country, which seems to be chronic economic and emotional depression. The cocaine trade, the amazing rate of inflation, political instability and dictatorship, government bureaucracy, and a lack of essentials for both Bolivians and tourists seem to confront Lawlor at every step. The condition of the country's Indian population and, indeed, the harsh geography of the country also seem to confound the author. But since Lawlor seems to be basically a cheerful and inquisitive sort, he continues to poke his nose into the inconsistencies and contradictions that he finds and reports on in such a lively fashion. --John Brosnahan


Library Journal Review

Lawlor's travelog on Bolivia is peopled with raunchy, unscrupulous characters surrounded by a ubiquitous poverty that, according to the writer, results from rampant laziness. Lawlor's irreverence and latent ethnocentrism regarding Bolivia's four million Indians is appalling; he fails to see that perhaps their passivity and insouciance are the Indian way of protesting against white totalitarianism. However, Lawlor's occasional wry comments on political-economic anemia and anecdotal histories of past leaders, whom he dubs ``Don Quixotes,'' as well as his discussion of Bolivia's omnipresent cocaine operations, do provide some insights into the instability of this poorest of South American countries. A secondary purchase.-- Bibi Thompson, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.