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A Visit to Don Otavio: A Traveller's Tale from Mexico

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Staff Pick

A classic in travel writing now re-published, this delightful chronicle of Bedford's journeys through Mexico following World War II wonderfully captures the landscape and people of this vast country. Moreover, in florid yet engaging prose, Bedford entertains readers with candid accounts of her traveling horrors and delights. Blended into these amusing vignettes are episodes in Mexico's complex past. Yet her accounts of interactions with eccentric and moody characters are for me the highlights of this timeless adventure.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This affectionate study of the Mexican temper is "one of the most charming travel books ever written" (The Atlantic Monthly).

Before returning to the Old World after World War II, Sybille Bedford resolved to see something more of the New. "I had a great longing to move," she said, "to hear another language, eat new food, to be in a country with a long nasty history in the past and as little present history as possible." And so she set out for Mexico — and, incidentally, to write what Bruce Chatwin called the best travel book of the twentieth century, "a book of marvels, to be read again and again and again."

Review:

"[O]ne of the great works of travel literature....Buy and read this marvel." Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic review)

Synopsis:

Before returning to the Old World after World War II, Sybille Bedford resolved to see something more of the New. "I had a great longing to move," she said, "to hear another language, eat new food, to be in a country with a long nasty history in the past and as little present history as possible." And so she set out for Mexico — and, incidentally, to write what Bruce Chatwin called the best travel book of the twentieth century, "a book of marvels, to be read again and again and again."

Synopsis:

Described as "one of the most charming travel books ever written" ("The Atlantic Monthly"), this book is a singularly delightful portrait of Mexico. Map.

About the Author

Sybille Bedford was born in 1911, in Charlottenburg, Germany, and was brought up in Italy, England, and France. In 1953, she made her literary debut with A Visit to Don Otavio, and has since published eight other books — novels, travel books, classic accounts of criminal trials and other courtroom cases, and an acclaimed biography of her mentor Aldous Huxley. A vice president of English PEN and one of Britain's nine Companions of Literature, Mrs. Bedford lives in London and is currently at work on a memoir.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781582431710
Introduction by:
Chatwin, Bruce
Publisher:
Counterpoint
Introduction by:
Chatwin, Bruce
Introduction:
Chatwin, Bruce
Author:
Bedford, Sybille
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Mexico Description and travel.
Subject:
Bedford, Sybille - Journeys - Mexico
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1840
Publication Date:
April 15, 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 15.5 oz

Related Subjects


History and Social Science » Politics » General
Travel » North America » Mexico
Travel » Travel Writing » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Latin America

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Product details 384 pages Counterpoint a Member of Perseus Books Group - English 9781582431710 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A classic in travel writing now re-published, this delightful chronicle of Bedford's journeys through Mexico following World War II wonderfully captures the landscape and people of this vast country. Moreover, in florid yet engaging prose, Bedford entertains readers with candid accounts of her traveling horrors and delights. Blended into these amusing vignettes are episodes in Mexico's complex past. Yet her accounts of interactions with eccentric and moody characters are for me the highlights of this timeless adventure.

"Review" by , "[O]ne of the great works of travel literature....Buy and read this marvel." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Synopsis" by , Before returning to the Old World after World War II, Sybille Bedford resolved to see something more of the New. "I had a great longing to move," she said, "to hear another language, eat new food, to be in a country with a long nasty history in the past and as little present history as possible." And so she set out for Mexico — and, incidentally, to write what Bruce Chatwin called the best travel book of the twentieth century, "a book of marvels, to be read again and again and again."
"Synopsis" by , Described as "one of the most charming travel books ever written" ("The Atlantic Monthly"), this book is a singularly delightful portrait of Mexico. Map.
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