Beyond the Mexique Bay

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Flamingo, 1934 - Travel - 191 pages
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The author describes his experiences traveling through the Caribbean to Guatemala and southern Mexico in 1933

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User Review  - blake.rosser - LibraryThing

Disappointing, by far the worst book I´ve read of Huxley´s. It´s his travelogue of a trip he took to Guatemala and Mexico in the early 30s. His observations of the culture and people are occasionally ... Read full review

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Not as deep as one enjoys in his main body of work, but it is what it is, a readable historic travelogue. It contains "snapshots" of Huxley as a tourist which leads to related topics that we rely on Huxley for. Add to that the antiquainted modes of travel in the not so distant past, far from what the world is like today and it makes quite fun reading. Also interesting because he did not stick to the beaten path, which is quite ballsy of Huxley, being frail and vision impaired. (spoiler follows) Poor ol' Huxley was disgusted by Caribbean music, which is humorous in and of itself, but illustrative of the differences in cultures pre-WWII. Cultures are not yet completely homogenized in the 21st Century, which reminded me of this book on my Easter Island trip last year. His ride down a dusty road in Guatemala to a church where the local Catholics had a rather surprising statue to worship showed how isolated people were back then, and how isolation can affect culture.. I admit that it's been decades since I've read this book, but I plan on making it my road book for my next vacation. If you love Huxley's prose, get this book.  


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About the author (1934)

Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, in Surrey, England, into a distinguished scientific and literary family; his grandfather was the noted scientist and writer, T.H. Huxley. Following an eye illness at age 16 that resulted in near-blindness, Huxley abandoned hope of a career in medicine and turned instead to literature, attending Oxford University and graduating with honors. While at Oxford, he published two volumes of poetry. Crome Yellow, his first novel, was published in 1927 followed by Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, and Point Counter Point. His most famous novel, Brave New World, published in 1932, is a science fiction classic about a futuristic society controlled by technology. In all, Huxley produced 47 works during his long career, In 1947, Huxley moved with his family to southern California. During the 1950s, he experimented with mescaline and LSD. Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, both works of nonfiction, were based on his experiences while taking mescaline under supervision. In 1959, Aldous Huxley received the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died on November 22, 1963.

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