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Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico

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An account of Hugh Thomson's first wild adventure in Mexico at theage of 18illustrateswhy itignited his love for Latin America, and is thenfollowed 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 Chi ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Orion Publishing
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This book has some interesting reflections on reading (and misreading) a culture from the outside, but the book as a whole just doesn't really amount to much. I enjoyed myself quite a bit at times as I would get lost in the travelogue, but felt growing disappointment as the book continued in its episodic mode without really tying the narrative together.
I enjoyed this book very much. The bulk of it tells the tale of the author's stint in Mexico as an 18 year old out on a mission: to see the country and to sell the Oldsmobile he is riding in. Written in a deceptively easy style you can imagine having a few drinks and just happily listening to Thomson tell his tales. The latter part of the book sees him return to Belize somewhat older and wiser and, it has to be said, sadder. The melancholy air of these last pages maybe reflects his marriage brea ...more
This was a fun read. I love travel books and this one I will gladly add to my list of favourites. Its the tale of the author when he had turned 18 with the grand scheme to buy a Cadilac in Texas and drive it to sell inCentral America for "big bucks". Grand scheme and very naive man. makes for a good yarn. Lots of relatively stupid things that come across with a good sense of humour as the author looks back. This was in the seventies and it would be a different story now. driving across the desse ...more
Leah L Mills
I'm not one to read travelogues, but this one was so worth the gamble!
It offered an amazing insight into a land I have not even considered visiting. It was incredibly vivid- the food had me hungry at irrational times of the day- and Thomson's voice really comes across throughout the narrative.
Informative yet deeply personal and humorous. I WILL be picking this book up again some time!
I read it in 2 days, good fun and quite insightful at times. I found the structure of the book a little bit distracting, with not much background given on the author and some of the content lacks a clear flow. I agree with a previous comment, the middle aged ending was a bit melancholic and sad after the optimistic adventure and exuberance of the authors youth, but reflects tellingly on our journey through life.
Hugh Thomson picks up the journey he made to Mexico when he was about 18, in an old Oldsmobile boat of a car. I love the the people and books he references to enhance his adventures. When he returns as a middle-aged man to Belize and Mexico to reflect on his current life and past makes this not only an exciting travel book but a progression and comment on life's transitions.
Tomasz Skórski
Od biedy można przeczytać, ale ani to nadmiernie ciekawa, wnicambitna, ani wyrafinowana lektura. Nie polecam.
Grace P.
This is a really entertaining travel memoir. And it's making me want to learn Spanish again.
Witty. Funny. Adventurous (and even somewhat educational). Top tier travel book.
Nicely written history/travel combo, especially if you're interested in Mexico.
Really enjoyable travel book. Makes you want to just jump on a car and drive.
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Hugh Thomson believes strongly that the world is not as explored as we like to suppose.

He writes about the wilder corners of the planet, from the edges of Peru to the Himalayas, looking for Inca ruins and lost cultures. Geographical commented that 'He is a writer who explores and not an explorer who writes.'

In 2012 Random House published 'The Green Road into the Trees: An Exploration of England',
More about Hugh Thomson...
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