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

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Of all potential future destinations, Mexico is most possible, the closest, the most likely. That said, Mexico is impossible. I'll never go there. I'm still intrigued with it and I love to think about ... Read full review


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TONY COHAN is the author ofOn Mexican Time, the memoirNative State(aLos Angeles TimesNotable Book of the Year), and the novelsOpiumandCanary(aNew York TimesNotable Book of the Year). His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in theNew York Times,theWashington Post, theLos Angeles Times, andCondé Nast Traveler. He divides his time between Mexico and California.

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