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The Reader's Companion to Mexico
     

The Reader's Companion to Mexico

by Alan Ryan, Stanley Martucci (Illustrator), Cheryl Griesbach (Illustrator)
 

A unique tour of Mexico with such writers as D. H. Lawrence, Paul Theroux, Graham Greene, Katherine Anne Porter, Langston Hughes, and John Steinbeck, among many others, as guides. A richer perspective on this complex country than that found in standard guidebooks. Introduction by the Editor.

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A unique tour of Mexico with such writers as D. H. Lawrence, Paul Theroux, Graham Greene, Katherine Anne Porter, Langston Hughes, and John Steinbeck, among many others, as guides. A richer perspective on this complex country than that found in standard guidebooks. Introduction by the Editor.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drawing on an impressively broad array of foreign writers who have made Mexico their subject, editor Ryan brings 26 pieces together for an ideal traveling companion. Poet Witter Brynner describes his visit to the bullfights with an alternately pouting and persnickety D.H. Lawrence; Langston Hughes-who shared a Mexico City apartment with Henri Cartier-Bresson-records the creative insults exchanged by artist Diego Rivera and his first wife and former model over alimony; Katherine Anne Porter details the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe; English widow Rosa King (who opened a Cuernavaca tea shop to support her children) portrays her close experience of the Revolution; and of course, Graham Greene reveals his horror at post-Revolutionary anti-Catholic repression that made him call Mexico ``this hating and hateful country.'' Ryan's lucid descriptions of the writers and what led them to Mexico, help the reader to more fully understand and relish the historical and literary importance of the works. While some writers revel in their own traveling adventures, others put the reader in the midst of history or offer a seductive peek into the remarkable artistic world of Mexico in the 1930s and '40s. For the tourist, there is the added pleasure that many of the places described are still there to be visited, quite unchanged. For armchair travelers, the writing is so good that they may well feel they've been there already. (July)
Library Journal
Not all travel writing is for the moment: the best of it is worth rediscovery. Collected, edited, and intelligently introduced, it has special value for serious travelers seeking historical perspective. Ryan, a New York journalist, knows the literature of Mexico well and has unearthed from it 26 nuggets from authors as familiar as D.H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, and Langston Hughes, as well as the less well known or long forgotten. Ryan's introductions are excellent, and they nicely complement his selections. Only the largest of libraries are likely to have all the works from which the selections are taken. This is a convenient compilation of some of the best travel writing on one of our favorite foreign destinations. It is a top choice for libraries serving those who travel to Mexico.-Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156760218
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.15(d)

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