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Tequila Oil
Hugh Thomson

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : Feb 12, 2009
Imprint : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page Extent : 240
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780297851929
Price : 1,125

About the book

An account of Hugh Thomson's first wild adventure in Mexico, which ignited his love for Latin America, and of his subsequent exploration of the country, its people and its history.



Tequila Oil reveals a much more dangerous side of Mexico than that seen by the package holiday-makers, taking the reader from the badlands of Chihuahua to the forests of the Yucatan; the book 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.


Just as in 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 see how much archaeologists have revealed about the Maya and the Aztecs in just the last few years.


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Thomson steers through a series of hair-raising encounters with wit, wisdom and an easy charm that makes you fall for the road trip - and Central America - at the same time>
a thrilling travelogue that rails against the homogenisation of the world>
a cracking travel yarn, a chemical-addled ramble through small-town Mexico, a land populated with pyramids, volcanoes, mosquitoes and corrupt officials in equal measure
a beautiful book, full of appreciation and aphorism, an unashamedly personal story. It's soulful, very funny, thoughtful, with a deep romanticism at its heart
Informative and absorbing, his adventures are balanced with historical accounts of the places he passes through. Would-be visitors... will find plenty to whet their appetite>
a riotous, tequila-soaked jaunt... Thomson's Mexico is one of beauty, humour and freedom, laced with a tantalising hint of danger
A sublime and richly informative travelogue from a true heavyweight explorer... highly recommended for those jaded by travel writing's cosy and ever-expanding stable of 'wits'.'
     
Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson read English at Cambridge University.

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