Here is my gift to you – if you have not read On The Plain of Snakes – A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux, buy it or download it or put a hold on it at your library, now. You can thank me later. Just don’t miss this book.
I have read (and loved) most of Theroux’s books but this one is really special. His perspective as an elder and his serious curiosity and need to understand Mexico and Mexicans really struck a chord with me.
I learned so much from this book. I must have highlighted about 50 or 60 places in it. Lots and lots of common usage vocabulary that was new to me. A fabulous México reading list. Places I’d like to visit and things I want to think about and learn more about. Too much to go into here especially as I am in a “just finished a great book swoon” at this moment. The part where he visits a Zapatista village in Chiapas and participates in a forum there nearly brought me to tears.
All I’ll say is if you love good writing, and México, and a thoughtful and interesting perspective on the people and their struggles you really ought to read this book.