A Visit to Don Otavio: A Travellers Tale from Mexico by Sybille Bedford

By Sybille Bedford

This affectionate examine of the Mexican mood is ''one of the main captivating commute books ever written.'' - The Atlantic per month

Before returning to the previous global after international struggle II, Sybille Bedford resolved to determine anything extra of the recent. ''I had an outstanding longing to move,'' she acknowledged, ''to listen one other language, devour new nutrients, to be in a rustic with an extended nasty historical past long ago and as little current historical past as possible.'' And so she set out for Mexico - and, by the way, to put in writing what Bruce Chatwin known as the easiest trip e-book of the 20th century, ''a publication of marvels, to be learn time and again and again.''

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There is little difference in the weather between July and February; it may get rather warm in the late spring and there are chilly evenings when the wind is blowing from the coast, yet a person with a change of clothes suitable for an exceptionally fine English June, a blanket and a hut made of waterproof leaves and bamboo canes would be comfortable day and night from one end of the year to the other. Ownership of a mud cottage and some pine cones for a fire around Christmas would assure a sybaritic existence.

We do not have much money to spend, and we have much too much luggage. Winter clothes and clothes for the tropics, town clothes and country clothes and the bottom of our bags are falling out with books. We have a few letters of introduction. They are not promising. From vague friends to their vague friends, Europeans with uncertain addresses who are supposed to have gone to Mexico before the war. Guillermo had pressed a letter into my hand at the station; a German name covered most of the envelope.

There was the confusion, glitter and violence of shifting power but the birth and death rates remained unchecked. Indians, always other Indians, move and move about the unending hills with great loads upon their backs, sit and stare in the market place, hour into hour, then cluster into one of their sudden pilgrimages and slowly swarm over the countryside in a massed crawl in search of a new face of the Mother of God. Someone has come in to say that we shall be in Mexico City some time tomorrow morning and not very late after all.

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