Lively, lusty Latin America is observed by a variety of eyes and experiences and a variety of talents, some crackerjack, some so-so, all, however, fittingly exotic, in a bustling, collection of travel sketches and adventures from the 16th century to the present day. The countries most canvassed include Chile, Brazil, Peru, Cuba and Mexico. The writers range from the earliest, Sirs Drake and Raleigh, riproaring representatives of the age of exploration, to the latest, novelist Isherwood and his post-WWII intimate, largely irrelevant Colombian tour. Revolutionary John Reed's Pancho Villa reportage sounds like up to date Viva fanfare; Hall offers a classic close-up of San Martin; Darwin's Eagle Journal rates as anthropology of the Tierra del Fuego Indians: Kipling surprisingly illuminates a estate, Dana a sugar plantation. Best moments come by way of bona fide greats, Melville, Hudson and Lawrence, who seem most at home in the lush surroundings and the lyric response. For aficionados, a multifarious, if mixed blessing.