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On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Road Trip

Paul Theroux

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1 review

Category: Travel, Non-fiction
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 24 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780241266670

The master of contemporary travel writing, Paul Theroux, immerses himself in the beautiful and troubled heart of modern Mexico Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America.

5 stars out of 5
Ian Critchley
27 Oct 2019

"a warm and insightful account of contemporary Mexican culture, politics and everyday life"

Theroux doesn’t downplay the country’s many problems ... but apart from a few tricky encounters with policemen demanding bribes, he is welcomed and helped by everyone he meets... There is a lengthy section on Mexican literature, although Theroux has little time for the Central and South American love of magical realism, a genre that he labels “flapdoodle and farce”. But it is the stories told by the people he meets that stand out. Filled with compassion and wit, this is a warm and insightful account of contemporary Mexican culture, politics and everyday life.

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