Mexican Days: Journeys Into the Heart of Mexico

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Broadway Books, 2006 - Travel - 275 pages
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Tony Cohan’s On Mexican Time, his chronicle of discovering a new life in the small Mexican mountain town of San Miguel de Allende, has beguiled readers and become a travel classic. Now, in Mexican Days, point of arrival becomes point of departure as—faced with the invasion of the town by tourists and an entire Hollywood movie crew, a magazine editor’s irresistible invitation, and his own incurable wanderlust—Cohan undertakes a richer, wider exploration of the country he has settled in.

Told with the intimate, sensuous insight and broad sweep that captivated readers of On Mexican Time, Mexican Days is set against a changing world as Cohan encounters surprise and adventure in a Mexico both old and new: among the misty mountains and coastal Caribbean towns of Veracruz; the ruins and resorts of Yucatán; the stirring indigenous world of Chiapas; the markets and galleries of Oaxaca; the teeming labyrinth of Mexico City; the remote Sierra Gorda mountains; the haunted city of Guanajuato; and the evocative Mayan ruins of Palenque. Along the way he encounters expatriates and artists, shady operatives and surrealists, and figures from his past.

More than an immensely pleasurable and entertaining travel narrative by one of the most vivid, compelling travel voices to emerge in recent years, Mexican Days is both a celebration of the joys and revelations to be found in this inexhaustibly interesting country and a searching investigation of the Mexican landscape and the grip it is coming to have in the North American imagination.
 

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

It's refreshing to read what is truly a celebration of Mexico. Its land, its culture, and most of all its people. I loved Cohan's perspective on this wonderful country and society. The writing is conversational like many travelogues, and that makes it easy to get into and enjoy. Read full review

MEXICAN DAYS: Journeys Into the Heart of Mexico

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Still captivated by all things Mexican, gringo travel journalist and soulful memoirist Cohan (Native State, 2003, etc.) conducts a survey of his favorite countryside.The author was at first in a fugue ... Read full review

Contents

To Palenque 199
198
Conversations with Pakal
215
Fridamania
229
Restless Fiesta
243
Fugue
263
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TONY COHAN is the author of On Mexican Time and Native State, and the novels Opium and Canary, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The Guardian, and The Los Angeles Times. He divides his time between Guanajuato, Mexico, and Venice, California.

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