HOW GREEN WAS MY FATHER by David Dodge
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HOW GREEN WAS MY FATHER

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Bright moments here for the progress, largely in reverse, to Guatemala, this is a really funny (vicariously to be sure) account of the author's attempts to transport himself and family into Mexico by car, with no help whatsoever from the various systems of transportation and communication. Unable to ship his car down by boat and himself and his wife and child by plane, the Dodges were forced to leave San Francisco by car. They reached Mexico City with a case of contraband canned milk for five-year old Kendal; David began his long campaign to get his car to Guatemala. He finally drove to Vera Cruz- shipped the car- and then spent three weeks catching up with it by plane. The obstacles of tourist travel are interspersed with commentary on Mexico, where only labor, tequila, silver and shoeshines are cheap; where the girls have an attractive development of the mezzanine area; on street peddlers, funny papers, food, sights and the many things he enjoyed, harried as he must have been.... Travel the hard way, for engaging entertainment. The market with the boom in Mexican travel business, should be obvious.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1947
Publisher: Simon & Schuster