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Monday, November 21, 2011

First Page Mondays: Che Guevara: A Biography by Richard L. Harris


As part of the First Page Mondays here at The Book Worm, here's the first page of the book I am reading right now along with another. The book is Che Guevara: A Biography by Richard L. Harris

'Che Guevara was born on May 14, 1928 (although his birth certificate indicates he was born a month later, on June 14, 1928), in the Argentine city of Rosario, which is located in northern Argentina on the famous Parana River. His parents named him Ernesto (his father's first name) and as is the custom throughout Latin America, his full name consisted of both his father's family name and his mother's family name. Thus, as a boy and young man he was known as Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Guevara being his father's family name and de la Serna being his mother's family name. Since he did not assume the first name of Che until much later in his life, in this chapter and the following two chapters, he will be referred to as Ernesto Guevara.

His parents were of upper-class origin. His father, Ernesto Guevara Lynch, was an entrepreneur and a builder-architect who studied architecture but never received his degree. During the more entrepreneurial phase of his career, he tried his hand at ranching, yacht building and the cultivation of mate (the herbal tea that is national drink in Argentina). However, he ended up as a builder-architect. His ancestry was both Spanish (Guevara) and Irish (Lynch) and one of his great-grandfathers was one of the wealthiest men in South America.....'

- Debolina Raja Gupta