Flandrau was a rich young American with an individual sense of humour and no prejudices, except against Western uniformity. His travel book, first published in 1908, is more than a ramble among the Mexican people. Based on his brother's coffee plantation, he spent the best part of five years in a country which he describes as 'one long carelessly written but absorbing romance.' His insights into the customs and character of rural Mexicans and expatriate gringos still ring true to this day.
'probably the best travel book I have ever read.' Miles Kington, The Times
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