By Sybille Bedford
This affectionate examine of the Mexican mood is ''one of the main fascinating go back and forth books ever written.'' - The Atlantic per 30 days
Before returning to the previous global after international struggle II, Sybille Bedford resolved to work out whatever extra of the hot. ''I had a good longing to move,'' she stated, ''to pay attention one other language, devour new meals, to be in a rustic with a protracted nasty background long ago and as little current background as possible.'' And so she set out for Mexico - and, by the way, to jot down what Bruce Chatwin referred to as the simplest trip publication of the 20 th century, ''a publication of marvels, to be learn time and again and again.''
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She looks Spanish, one of those neat, middle-aged, efficient Latin women who are so much better at their linen cupboards than one can ever hope to be at anything. She does not come to the point. Does Mexico please us? Oh, indeed. ’ We were not displeased by the rains? We reassure her. The hotel is also to our taste? We try to say how pleased we are. Yet those flowers. We did not like their flowers? The vases were already filled with lilac and narcissus. Mexican hotels, that is Mexican-run hotels in Mexico, put flowers in their guest rooms with the towels and the bottle of drinking water.
You do not dine before ten, unless you are willing to eat waffles in a pharmacy got up like a mosque at Sanborn’s astonishing emporium; the cinemas waste no money on illumination; there is going to be a concert on Friday week . . Some of the hotel bars are open to women. They are full of tourists and Mexicans emphatically without wives. Besides, this is not a good country to drink in: in daytime one does not want it at all, and at night one wants it too much. We decide to have dinner at X’s, a French restaurant that enjoys a reputation in the hemisphere.
I thought it was bailiffs,’ said the second. ‘Guillermo wrote to look you up,’ said the first. We put a foot on the landing. ’ said the second. ‘They should go to Taxco,’ said the first. We had turned the landing. There was the door. We bolted. The mules had passed. There was only an old man milking a goat into an empty tin of Campbell’s Cream of Tomato, and a taxi. We took the taxi.
A Visit to Don Otavio: A Travellers Tale from Mexico by Sybille Bedford