Tequila Oil

Tequila Oil

Getting Lost in Mexico

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
1979. Adventure seeker Thomson is told by a stranger that there's money to be made by driving a car over the US border to sell on the black market in Central America. He embarks on an epic, liquor-fueled road trip. Thirty years on, he returns-- older butnot necessarily wiser-- to complete his journey.

Hugh Thomson, the noted South American explorer takes on Mexico

Independent Publishing Group
An account of Hugh Thomson's first wild adventure in Mexico at the age of 18 illustrates why it ignited his love for Latin America, and is then followed by his subsequent exploration 30 years later of the country, its people, and its history. Revealing a much more dangerous side of Mexico than that seen by package vacationers, this book takes the reader from the badlands of Chihuahua to the forests of the Yucatan. It ends deep in the Mexican jungle, face to face with one the most enigmatic and least understood cultures on the planet?the Maya?with a sense of humility at how little we still know about the pre-Columbian past. Similar to The Motorcycle Diaries, by throwing himself on the kindness, hospitality, and mercy of the Mexicans he met (or crashed into), Hugh was given an unusual and peculiarly vulnerable insight into Mexico. He returns many years later with a deeper understanding and the ability to explore the deep roots of pre-Columbian culture within Mexican life and to appreciate how much archaeologists have revealed about the Maya and the Aztecs in just the last few years.

Blackwell North Amer
On his first trip to Mexico in the 1970s, Hugh Thomson is told by a stranger he could make money buying a car over the Texan border and taking it thousands of miles through the country to sell on the black market in Central America. What does it matter that he doesn't have a driving license? He is eighteen years old, far from home and with time to kill. It sounds like the most sensible plan in the world.
So, throwing himself on the kindness and mercy of the Mexicans he meets or crashes into, he and his beloved Oldsmobile 98 careen from one crisis to another before meeting their apocalyptic destiny in the slums of Belize City - where he returns many years later, older but not necessarily wiser, to complete his original journey.
His travels reveal a wild, off-the-beaten-track Mexico, leading him from the badlands of Chihuahua to the jungles of the Yucatan and one of the most enigmatic and least understood cultures on the planet, the Maya.

Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2009
ISBN: 9780297851929
Branch Call Number: 917.20483 THO
Characteristics: 223 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm.


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