WHERE THE STRANGE ROADS GO DOWN by Mary & Fred del Villar

WHERE THE STRANGE ROADS GO DOWN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This outcome of a walking trip through the tierra caliente of the Rio de las Balsas is an adventure, a vivid character sketch of a land and people, and has the vitality it took for the strenuous journey. The authors, two free lance writers with an apartment in Brooklyn, a yen for Mexico, and no money, decided they had to go back and explore the lands between Lake Patzcuaro, where they had once lived, and the Pacific. Their tales roughly and avidly inquisitive, breaches the range of expeditional events and at times is a perceptive social study. It delves into sickness and insect troubles, burro worries and the near collapse of their two packers Peron and Evita, semi-starvation in a beautiful but awesome desert, the blessing of mountain coolness, the beer found in an out of the way town and, after the beer, a zesty expose of how the town went about getting drunk on Saturday night. There is the scorched town of Reparo de Luna - Moon Haven; the deploring of the Mexican public health system (not to mention the schools); the dreamer who had settled in Buena Vista to look methodically for buried treasure; overnights in hotelitos: the goodly Dona who warned them of a would-be murderer; beachcombing on the Pacific; the return to the lake- after 500 miles trek. A little known, exciting land very validly and absorbingly described

Pub Date: April 21st, 1953
Publisher: Macmillan