On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey Review

Legendary travel writer Paul Theroux drives the entire length of the US–Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines.

Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico. Just south of the Arizona border, in the desert region of Sonora, he finds a place brimming with vitality, yet visibly marked by both the US Border Patrol looming to the north and mounting discord from within. With the same humanizing sensibility he employed in Deep South, Theroux stops to talk with residents, visits Zapotec mill workers in the highlands, and attends a Zapatista party meeting, communing with people of all stripes who remain south of the border even as their families brave the journey north.

From the writer praised for his “curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms” (New York Times Book Review), On the Plain of Snakes is an exploration of a region in conflict.
 

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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”’Do you want to see my papers?’The hot stink of this decaying part of the city clawed at my nose as he leaned and put his darkened face closer to me, shouting, ‘Do you know what I can do to y...

  • Andrew Smith

    Paul Theroux is often lauded as potentially the greatest travel writer of his generation and with this, his latest book, he shows that his power remains undiminished.Mexico is a big country, something...

  • Jessaka

    A Migrant’s Prayer“The journey towards you, Lord, is life. To set off is to die a little. To arrive is never to arrive until one is at rest with you. You, Lord, experienced migration. And then you...

  • Dax

    In his latest in a long line of travel writing, Theroux succeeds in destroying the stereotypes of Mexico. It is through his rich interactions with locals, students and activists that Theroux is able t...

  • Lorna

    On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey was an intriguing and captivating journey weaving back and forth along the Mexican and United States border and the border towns, and then extensively throug...

  • Mikey B.

    This is a heart-rending travelogue on Mexico. Paul Theroux presents multiple views and a large variety of people from this intriguing country. Mexico contains multitudes.Paul Theroux started his journ...

  • Louise

    Paul Theroux began his motor trip by weaving back and forth on the US - Mexican border. Then he traveled south observing Mexico's diverse communities. Throughout the trip he sees how Mexicans, poor an...

  • Krista

    Rating: 4 well-traveled stars I was so glad to get a chance to read an eArc copy of Paul Theroux’s latest work about his extensive travels in Mexico the last few years. I value Theroux’s perspecti...

  • Rob Christopher

    I don't say this lightly, but in his seventy-sixth year, at least among his travel books Theroux has written his masterpiece. It's deeply compassionate, insightful, and amazingly timely. It's an extra...

  • Jypsy

    On The Plain Of Snakes is such a relevant read. Paul Theroux is one of my favorite travel writers, and his latest offering continues his profound observations and harsh truths. Obviously, there are se...