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 fascinating shuttle books ever written.'' - The Atlantic per 30 days

Before returning to the outdated international after international conflict II, Sybille Bedford resolved to determine anything extra of the recent. ''I had an outstanding longing to move,'' she acknowledged, ''to pay attention one other language, consume new nutrition, to be in a rustic with an extended nasty heritage 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 known as the easiest shuttle ebook of the 20 th century, ''a e-book of marvels, to be learn many times and again.''

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A cathedral? It turns out to be oil wells. Another dinner in the dining car, which failed to cheer. It is midnight. Still no border. Only Texas. The US Immigration has just been. Two men in shirtsleeves, informal, friendly. They began by asking US citizens where they were born. Americans need no passports for coming and going by the continental borders of the States. ’ Those whose accents were too peculiar or who were what is called foreign-born produced birth certificates or driving licences. Nobody was deliberately made uncomfortable.

I mean literally dying. Mr S. was on his deathbed and the priest had just been. My friend was a face from better days, so they were much touched to see her at this hour. She was also a Catholic. ’s where she stayed in prayer for some time. I was put into a parlour where an Austrian waiter and an Italian waiter were saying their rosaries. I had no rosary, but the Italian waiter went and found me one. Later they would not let us go but insisted that we have 48 {Page:49} mexico city: climates and a dinner our dinner.

Nor is it difficult to forsee, even from once passing through the streets, that only the more solid-built English carriages will stand the wear and tear of a Mexican life, and the comparatively flimsy coaches which roll over the well-paved streets of New York will not endure for any length of time. madame calderon de la barca T he first impact of Mexico City is physical, immensely physical. Sun, Altitude, Movement, Smells, Noise. And it is inescapable. There is no taking refuge in one more insulating shell, no use sitting in the hotel bedroom fumbling with guidebooks: it is here, one is in it.

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