The Panama Hat Trail: A Journey from South America

The Panama Hat Trail A Journey from South America This th anniversary reissue of Miller s travel classic follows the making and marketing of a single Panama hat It s a captivating story of cultures in collision raw capitalism and an exotic humor

  • Title: The Panama Hat Trail: A Journey from South America
  • Author: TomMiller
  • ISBN: 9780792263869
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • This 15th anniversary reissue of Miller s travel classic follows the making and marketing of a single Panama hat It s a captivating story of cultures in collision, raw capitalism, and an exotic, humorous journey.

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    About "TomMiller"

    1. TomMiller

      Tom Miller has been writing about the American Southwest and Latin America for than three decades His ten books include The Panama Hat Trail, which follows the making and marketing of one Panama hat, and Trading with the Enemy, which Lonely Planet says may be the best travel book about Cuba ever written Miller began his journalism career in the underground press of the late 60s and early 70s, and has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Natural History, and Rolling Stone He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife, Regla.

    696 thoughts on “The Panama Hat Trail: A Journey from South America”

    1. Next week I leave for a trip to Ecuador, so naturally I wanted to read something to put me in the mindset of a country I've never visited. This book, while perhaps a bit dated by 2017 (we'll see once I get there), does a great job of exploring every step in the long process of turning Ecuadoran straw in the 3rd world into luxury hats in the 1st world.There are plenty of interesting asides along the way, and Miller was always willing to stop and put things in perspective, whether it was currency [...]


    2. One of the few books I've found about Ecuadore book is nominally about the manufacture and distribution of Panama hats, but more a window to the Ecuadorean culture and people. And you get a description of what cuy (guinea pig) actually tastes like. And a chapter about Bemelmans--who wrote a travel book (The Donkey Inside), a kids' book (Quito Express), and a novel (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep)taking place in Ecuador.


    3. My brother, his wife, who is from Quito, and my mom are headed down to Ecaudor in the next few weeks. For my mom and my brother, it will be their first trip to South America. I'm very excited for them, and, well, a little jealous, because I've never been to Ecuador. I can't make it on this trip, but I will make it some day. Instead I took a virtual trip courtesy of Tom Miller's, The Panama Hat Trail, one the hundreds of unread travel narratives on my bookshelves.The premise of the book is that M [...]


    4. The story of a panama hat, part travelogue, well mostly travelogue but travel writing at its best. You learn about Equador's (yes, that's where all Panama hats are made)culture and history. There's something about the tone of the book, a certain leisurelyness and trust, that made it clear it was written a few years old (originally published 1988) I can't imagine someone having the same experience today, post 911. While the "mysterious trail" angle is unnecessary and annoying (no one is preventin [...]


    5. I have found that there are relatively few books about Ecuador, the fourth smallest country in South America. One that is worth reading is The Panama Hat Trail: A Journey from South America by Tom Miller.For over a century, the fine straw hats woven in Ecuador have come to be known as Panamas, probably because the construction workers building the Panama Canal demanded them for their comfort. Actually, they are manufactured in Ecuador, around the city of Cuenca, using straw that is harvested by [...]


    6. Full of interesting tidbits about Ecuador and South America's culture. At times the tone could be a little flat, but overall this is a book that goes quickly and is a worthwhile armchair adventure. His descriptions of places, particularly Quito, were fantastic."'The man who doesn't like clouds has no business coming to Ecuador," wrote the Belgian Henri Michaux in 1928. 'They're the faithful dogs of the mountains."" p. 9"Indians were 'reduced to the most abject state of servitude and bondage,' ob [...]


    7. I think this book would work better if, as a reader, I'd dipped into it every now and again opposed to reading it straight through. The book has charm, but not much of a narrative propulsion. I was slightly disappointed by the weak frame of the narrative (i.e. following the a panama hat from creation the storefrontI think the idea is a solid one, but the execution was too meandering. The whole third part of the book leaves the trail and just meanders around Ecuador and Colombia. Overall an OK re [...]


    8. Not sure this book would resonate much with someone who hasn't been or isn't planning to go to Ecuador, but I read most of it in a sleepy little town in the Andes mountains in Ecuador where I'll be moving in less than a year, so the anecdotes and the bits of historical and cultural information were particularly interesting. There aren't many travel books about Ecuador, so if you're planning a visit (or a move), read this. Otherwise, maybe not.


    9. Enjoyable book about Panama hats (which are actually from Ecuador!). I read most of this book before I went to Ecuador this past summer, and I enjoyed the travelogue about places I was about to visit. The writing is fine and the storyline so-so. It wasn't outstanding in its own right but somewhat fun because of my personal connection with the places.


    10. This is one of the best travel books ever written. While the main current of the book is the story of where Panama hats come from (hint: Ecuador), Miller explains a lot of Latin American history and culture. While often funny, the book never makes fun of Latin America. An excellent interweaving of a lot of information into a captivating and well-written narrative.


    11. If you ever wanted to find out how and where the famous straw hats were made, this is the book for you. Witty, funny, and sensitively told journey of the author's search for the Panama Hat and its origins.


    12. Enjoyable book and I liked the style of writing -- interesting takes on Ecuador and its people. and of course we learn about the panama hat!


    13. This is not about the hat, but about the country and it's people and stories about it. I hate endings in a very good book.



    14. Great book - a fascinating look at Ecuador through the Panama Hat supply chain (Panama Hats are actually made in Ecuador)





    15. A nice and short little tome covering Ecuador and its Panama hat industry. I just travelled in Ecuador, so it was interesting to recover some of that ground.


    16. The book gave me the deisre to embark on the same trip until I spent time in Guatemala and saw how people drive thereA great armchair adventure


    17. Great book on the mis-named Ecuadorian hats good for folks who would like to come visit! (wink wink, nudge nudge!)




    18. Awesome! I would definitely recommend it. The journey takes you to remote parts of Ecuador in the mid 80s to the source of the making of the famous Panama Hats.


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