Monday, October 8, 2012


This is the road where I began to drive. This road holds good memories but it also holds painful memories.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Routes of Men

Conover  believes that every road has its own story that is "made for discovery and adventure, for survival and growth, or simply for livability".  Throughout the two chapters he uses rhetorical modes: Description = Conover describes the road when he is in Peru as "no road as great as this, running through deep valleys, high mountains, banks of snow, and wild rivers."  Definition = He defines how Puerto Maldaonado has only four streets, and how full of cars and motorcycles it was.  Cause/Effect = When Conover is traveling he is on a road  where the elevation starts to rise and it is so high up that he begins to get a fever and begins to feel sick, that is when he begins to remember the men that he had encountered that seemed that they had lost their minds.  Exemplification= Conover gives an example  how different people react to different situations, when he meets a lady in Ccatca he asks her what she is eating and she shows him the head bone of a guinea pig.  Argument = He argues  in the introduction how the Romans built roads that would be beneficial to them, but at the end they were used my "barbarian tribes" to defeat the Romans.  Compare/contrast = He compares how Cuzco is where roads meet, but hundreds of years from then it was different.  Narration = He saw himself in a different perspective while traveling through Zanscar.  He narrates about when he drinks a cup of tea at a home he had visited and noticed the tea had not boiled and his partner a few weeks later had a jungle parasite; Conover miraculously did not get the virus.  Process Analysis = Conover had discusses how Choetop believed that roads led to different worlds, and people that were isolated in their town were not right because they didn't learn of the different types of cultures.