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A Visit to Don Otavio

Mexico, through the eyes of Sybille Bedford, is a country of passion and paradox: arid desert and shrieking jungle, harsh sun and deep shadow, violence and sentimentality. In her frank description of the horrors of travel - through bug-infested jungle, trapped in a broiling stationary train or in a bus with a dead fish slapping against her face - she gains our trust. But it is the charmed world of Don Otavio which steals our imagination. He is, she says, 'one of the kindest men I ever met'. She stays in his crumbling ancestral mansion, living a life of provincial ease and observing with glee the intense life of a Mexican neighbourhood.

Reviews:

'A classic. From the first page there is no doubt this journey to Mexico will be rewarding and exciting.' - The Evening News

'A work which invokes that disturbing and paradoxical country as vividly as anything by D H Lawrence... A wonderful book.' - Bruce Chatwin

'An absolutely first class writer at the top of her powers.' - The Literary Review

'An extremely enjoyable, often hilarious, occasionally lyrical and surprisingly relevant account of Ms Bedford's travels through Mexico in the 1950's' - The Rough Guide to Mexico

'Perceptive, lively, aware of the significance of trifles, and a fine writer.' - The Times

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