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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416577033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416577034
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 2002, just out of U.C. Berkeley, Hernandez headed to Mexico City to trace his cultural roots. Five years later, he returned there as a journalist and immersed himself in the bewildering subcultures of the western hemisphere™s largest city. His explorations take him from fashion runways and cocaine after-parties, the street brawls of punk and emo kids, to the teeming festival of Mexico™s national icon, the Virgin of Guadalupe. As Hernandez wanders the labyrinths of the city, he also investigates his own uncertain identity as the American-born child of Mexican parents. Hernandez covers a lot of ground in his study of the city, maybe too much. Skimming from scene to scene, he doesn™t settle anywhere long enough to write with an insider™s perspective. Because of this, the observations rarely transcend the journalistic generalities found in the average feature story. Hernandez™s personal quest, which could have centered the book, never becomes compelling. While informative, his book often reads like a bulked up tour guide. (Feb.)
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As a journalist in Mexico’s capital from 2007 to 2010, Hernandez collected experiences and impressions for this collection of essays largely about the city’s youth subcultures. Some pieces diverge into discussions of the general features of Mexico City, such as its smog and its plague of kidnapping, but Hernandez, not long out of college, chiefly immersed himself in the haunts and attitudes of 20-year-olds. He fell in with one group on pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the first of several foci of veneration that Hernandez inspects (“Saint Death” and sweat lodges are two others). Exploring the street scenes of the massive metropolis, Hernandez in turn befriends music fanatics; “emos” (as in emotional ones); hard-partying, fashion-conscious scenesters; denizens of beer bars; and punks. In their microsociologies, Hernandez observes people’s styles of self-expression and muses about their self-identities as quasi-tribal responses, akin to survival modes amid the chaotic city’s ever-impinging potential for danger (one friend dies). A perceptive reporter, Hernandez renders a gritty portrait of contemporary Mexican youth. --Gilbert Taylor

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Bueno on February 21, 2011
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You think you live in the coolest city in the world? Well you don't, unless, of course, your name is Daniel Hernandez. Hernandez has been living in Mexico City for the past three years and in Down and Delirious in Mexico City he takes us on a dizzying tour of the city. A city so crowded with people (8.84 million and counting) that it is, literally, sinking into the ground, surrounded by volcanoes, perpetually shrouded in smog and historically steeped in violence that, even today, it cannot escape. Hernandez takes us with him on a religious pilgrimage to the Virgen de Guadalupe on her feast day, inside exclusive parties in the city's burgeoning fashion scene and punk rock parties in surrounding neighborhoods that end in full on rumbles. Down and Delirious in Mexico City describes a city that is, at the same time, dangerous, exciting, violent, modern, historical, spiritual and restless. Hernandez's background as a journalist serves him well here whether he's at a protest march in support of emos or randomly catching the daily flag ceremony that demands solemnity from the people passing through the Zócalo. This book will make you wish that you lived in Mexico City and glad that you don't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean Artegui on February 24, 2012
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Being a native of this mega dynamic city, I was curious to read what someone who only lived there for a few years before writing about it had to say. In all honesty, it is an excellent expresion about the city. I always found it impossible to describe my city to people abroad, to the point where I completely gave up trying to, simply because people have certain projections based on what they hear and see in movies and media, and no matter how much detail you describe, the box into which the city (and country) has been put is too thick to break down. I find that Mexico is particularly hard to describe because of its proximity to the U.S., it is overshadowed, yet it it is culturally so distant, and very much misunderstood outside the country. Brazil or Panama are probably not as shokingly surprising to first time visitors as Mexico City is. Likewise Mexico is seen very differently in the rest of the world than it is in North America, mainly because of the migration issue. I recommend the book, better yet as you are traveling in the former Tenochtitlan metropolis. It will put some things into perspective, which, unless you plan on living there, you will not have time to personally experience. Viva la capital!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By em on March 1, 2011
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"Down and Delirious" is a lush and nuanced account of a multi-layered, fascinating, society. Hernandez writes with a voice that is unique and personable, not to mention, knowledgeable. He makes the material pop with his narrative style. The book is informative, but more importantly, enjoyable. I look forward to more from Daniel Hernandez.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NYC Reader on February 15, 2011
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DOWN & DELIRIOUS IN MEXICO CITY immediately transports you to the streets and cafes, festivals and street protests, and to the art and music scenes, of present day Mexico City--one of the most fascinating and dynamic cities in the world. Hernandez, who is as insightful as he is adventurous, and who is figuring out his own cultural identity along the way, proves to be the perfect guide. Highly recommend this terrific book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyce Albian Winship on November 15, 2011
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Down and Delirious in Mexico City is a must read. With its witty antidotes and insightful stories, it gives the reader a inside look into the vast world of Mexico City and surrounding areas.

I read this book and could not get enough. I thought the stories were very interesting and were packed full of history, but not in a boring traditional way. The author's way of writing is refreshing and enjoyable. This book is in the top 5 books I have read in 2011 and probably 2010 as well.

Go and buy a copy today! You will love it!
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