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"The union of a travel book and a journey into the self. The vibrancy of that union is on every page . . . A true story and an artfully told one . . . Compelling . . . Nothing to Declare is impeccably, internally timed."—The New York Times Book Review
"The most memorable travel writing, from Marco Polo on Kubla Khan's concubines to Bruce Chatwin on aborigines, is about a different kind of journey, one that takes the reader on an exploration of the jungles of the soul. Mary Morris's account of her travels is very much in the tradition of these interior voyages . . . Morris does best when she writes about what she does and sees."—Chicago Tribune
"Stunning . . . Evocative, reverberant, powerful, and moving."—Kirkus Reviews
"Remarkable . . . Always completely honest . . . Morris's book is positively inspiring."—New York Woman
"Morris is one gutsy woman and one fantastic writer . . . A riveting account of living in Mexico and traveling through Latin America."—Cosmopolitan
"Morris captures well the climate of unpredictability and timelessness that exists [in Mexico] . . . She paints a deft and devastating portrait of bored, sidetracked American expatriates, passing year after year in the bars and restaurants of San Miguel."—Joyce Maynard, Mademoiselle
Posted November 5, 2002
Mary describes her travels in a way that makes this book flow like a novel while also providing factual information that is very valuable to know if you're a woman looking to do some traveling. Her honest accounts of her experiences, feelings and childhood memories help pull you into her story because she seems more like a friend spilling her guts back from a long vacation rather than some glamorous, traveling socialite. I would reccommend this book to any female that either travels on a regular basis or just simply wants to begin. I promise reading it will excite your traveling desires within!
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Posted April 18, 2005
This is a beautifully written memoir that's as much about the author's inner landscape as it is about her travels in central America. I picked it up recently, over 10 years after first reading it, and it's still my favorite book. My own life experiences and choices are echoed here, and I don't see that often.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2004
Ah, let's see, what's the subject of this book? Geez I can't remember. She writes a little about her neighbor-lady in San Miguel and the neighbor's illegitimate offspring. She goes from loving her boyfriend to hating him with no explanation why. She torques her best friend enough that the friend basically ditches her, but again we aren't really told why; maybe the author just can't describe things very well. She travels around Central America a little but all we hear about are the boring bus rides and hot hotels. Yeah, it was a waste of time to read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2004
reading this book has opened something inside of me. I find myself looking at the way I live differently. My sense of self is somehow evolving through the triggers of this womans experiences. I seek my own adventure now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.