The Road to Mexico

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The road between Tucson, Arizona, and Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, runs straight and true. Slicing through miles of rolling desert and faraway blue mountains, it could be just another fast way to get from here to there. But if the traveler has a taste for adventure and time to spare, this road can be a rich and unforgettable ride. Equipped with camera, pen, and a lively curiosity, photographer Maeve Hickey and writer Lawrence J. Taylor set out to capture whatever might come their way on the road to Mexico. They ...

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The road between Tucson, Arizona, and Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, runs straight and true. Slicing through miles of rolling desert and faraway blue mountains, it could be just another fast way to get from here to there. But if the traveler has a taste for adventure and time to spare, this road can be a rich and unforgettable ride. Equipped with camera, pen, and a lively curiosity, photographer Maeve Hickey and writer Lawrence J. Taylor set out to capture whatever might come their way on the road to Mexico. They roamed and rambled, they stayed well off the beaten track, and they talked to nearly everyone they met, from wisecracking waitresses to landed gentry to street urchins dressed in rags. Their book brings to life the calf ropers and casinos, the saints and sinners, the mariachis and miracles in a no-man's-land that sometimes seems to belong neither to the United States nor to Mexico. Following the footsteps of earlier travelers-traders, warriors, missionaries, and explorers-these modern pilgrims take a hands-on approach to their journey. Throughout, both writer and photographer convey the sizzle and spice of a land where Indian, Mexican, and Anglo worlds have collided, coexisted, and melted into each other for centuries. Their eye for the hidden telling detail carries the reader straight into the action, and their zest for excitement spurs any traveler to drop everything, grab a bag, and hit the road to Mexico.

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Taylor, a teacher in Pennsylvania, brings newfound appreciation and enthusiasm to the Mexican-American border area with his Eastern perspective. He and photographer Hickey ably romanticize this arid yet culturally rich landscape. More than a travelog, their work touches on history and religion as well as current immigration concerns. The book reads like the late Charles Kurault's television broadcasts on his travels around North America, with chapters that give an authentic flavor to the areas of Tucson, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico: "El Mariachi," "Jimmy's Diner," "Ranches and Relics," "The Edge of the Res," "Mi Nueva Casa," and "Art and Quesadillas." Recommended for large public and all academic libraries in the Southwest.Thomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver
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Taylor, in the company of photographer Maeve Hickey, offers the vivid record of "a series of encounters—amusing, painful, often strange, and nearly always unforeseen," along the road that crosses the Sonoran desert, linking Mexico and Arizona, a road much traveled, in both directions, through the centuries. Settled first by Indians, then by settlers pushing up from Mexico, then by Anglos, the border region has always nurtured a complex and colorful culture. Taylor (Anthropology/Lafayette Coll.) does a convincing job of catching that vigorous, distinctive culture in the voices and lives of a number of individuals. He interviews, among many others, a mural painter in Tucson (where some 200 murals have been painted on the walls of barrio buildings), a crusading Hispanic politician, an elder of the Tohono O'odham people (whose reservation is on the Mexican border), and an archaeologist fascinated by the densely interwoven cultures of the area. Through their words, and through Taylor's descriptions of the region (its ranches and missions, suburbs and reservations) and its many rituals (both Indian and Hispanic), a portrait of a vital, sun- scorched area, dense with history, emerges with great precision.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816517251
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Southwest Center Series
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Maeve Hickey is an artist and photographer whose multimedia work has been exhibited in England, Italy, France, Ireland, and Mexico as well as parts of the United States

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