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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
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.