On the Plain of Snakes

On the Plain of Snakes : A Mexican Road Trip

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Winner of the Stanford Dolman Lifetime Contribution to Travel Writing Award 2020

The master of contemporary travel writing, Paul Theroux, immerses himself in the beautiful and troubled heart of modern Mexico

Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A forty-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, now more than ever, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux will begin his journey into the culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico.

Moving through the deserts just south of the Arizona border, Theroux finds a place brimming with charm, yet visibly marked by both the US border patrol looming to the north and mounting discord from within. Attending local language and culinary schools, driving through the country and meeting its people, Paul Theroux gets under the skin of Mexico.

From the writer praised for his 'curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms' (New York Times Book Review), On The Plain of Snakes is an urgent and mesmerising exploration of a region in conflict.

Praise for Paul Theroux:

'As cool as Maugham... as observant, intuitive, wry, inventive and eloquent as Graham Greene' Sunday Times

'Theroux's work remains the standard by which other travel writing must be judged' Observer

'The world's most perceptive travel writer' Daily Mail

'One of the most accomplished and worldly-wise writers of his generation' The Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 33mm | 556g
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241266688
  • 9780241266687
  • 128,871

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Filled with compassion and wit, this is a warm and insightful account of contemporary Mexican culture, politics and everyday life. Sunday Times
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Filled with compassion and wit, this is a warm and insightful account of contemporary Mexican culture, politics and everyday life. * Sunday Times * Theroux's work remains the standard by which other travel writing must be judged * Observer * [Theroux's] ability to sum up a people or a city in a few lines is undiminished * Daily Telegraph on 'Deep South' * The world's most perceptive travel writer * Daily Mail * [A] dark-edged but ultimately hopeful travelogue... Armchair travelers will find an astute, familiar guide in Theroux * Publisher's Weekly * Countless lovely descriptions of Mexico's landscapes and insights into the country's history and literature... Illuminating, literate, and timely-a must-read for those interested in what's going on inside Mexico * Kirkus *
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About Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including the modern classics The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, My Secret History and The Mosquito Coast. He won the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing 2020.
Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.
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