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Mornings in Mexico (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

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*If you read only one book of travellers' tales on Mexico, it must be this one. A magnificent blood-and-ganglion pagan response to the primeval savagery south of the Rio Grande.* --Frank McLynn, Guardian

*He wrote something like three dozen books, of which even the worst page dances with life that could be mistaken for no other man's, while the best are admitted, even by those who hate him, to be unsurpassed.* --Catherine Carswell, Time and Tide

*He is an extraordinarily acute noticer of the world, human and natural. And it is not just the natural world that beckons Lawrence to flood it with beautiful language . . . he can be as precise and compact an observer of human interaction as Flaubert or Forster.*  --James Wood, Guardian

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D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), novelist, poet, playwright, painter, critic, is an  The White Peacock, Sons and Lovers, Lady Chatterly's Lover,  The Rainbow and Women in Love.  His hatred of militarism, openly expressed during the First World War, sparked a wave of vilification that forced him to leave England and embark on what he called his *Savage Pilgrimage.*  He spent the remainder of his life travelling - to America, Italy, Austria, Mexico, the South of France and Sri Lanka - and it was during this time that he wrote such classics as Sea and Sardinia, The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley's Lover. E.M. Forster called him *The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.* 
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Product Details

  • Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845118685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845118686
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alan Cogan on April 3, 2001
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Lawrence was a good traveller in these parts and he spent a lot of time carefully observing the Indians he met along the way. He was particularly interested in the ways of thought of the Indians and their religious beliefs and the ways their ideas differed from yours and mine. On simple concepts like time and distance, for example: "To an Indian, time is a vague, foggy reality. There are only three times: en la manana (morning); en la tarde (afternoon); en la noche (night). But to the white monkey (you and me) there are exact spots of time, such as five o'clock and half past three." The Indian's concept of God was different from ours. "With the Indians...there is strictly no god. The Indian does not consider himself as created and therefore external to God, or the creature of God. There is, in our sense of the word, no God. But all is godly. There is no great mind directing the universe. Yet the mystery of creation, the wonder and fascination of creation shimmers in every leaf and stone... There is no God looking on. The only God there is is involved all the time in the dramatic wonder and inconsistency of creation. God is immersed, as it were, in creation, not to be separated or distinguished. There can be no ideal God." Lawrence does a wonderful job of digging into this exotic culture and explaining to us the significance of Indian rituals and dances. I particularly liked one of his statements: "The Indian is completely immersed in the wonder of his own drama." There is also a lovely example of descriptive travel writing in "Market Day", a chapter that makes you slow down your reading pace to savor the beautiful descriptions of small things like a bird's flight or flowers in a doorway. I guess this is the difference between reading and information-processing, which we do so much of today.
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I read Mornings in Mexico in preparation for a workshop on authors and artists of early 20th Century. The only DH Lawrence I had read before was Aaron's Rod, and a brief description of his sensiblities in reference to Lady Chatterly's Lover. This book, Mornings in Mexico, is a series of short essays about his observations while living in New Mexico and Mexico in the 1920's. His writing is simultaneously poetic and anthropologic, often detailed and consistently insightful. A reader might debate the accuracy of some of Lawrence's assertions, but not without exploring and exposing your own beliefs. Hence, DH Lawrence shares his observations of people and circumstance in a seductive and provocative way...and, what else can we ask of an author? I am thankful to have read this book and gained a better understanding of why DH Lawrence is considered a great writer.
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D.H. Lawrence writes like a painter would write were he to. What is most real in the writings of Lawrence is the physical world, and of course the body. Mornings in Mexico is really a slight work but with a charm to it. There is a relating of facts (especially about Indian life and thought) that you would expect from a travel piece but the charm is in the kind of easy sauntering pace that the narrative keeps. That feeling that it is vacation time and there really is no hurry. The house he lives in for his stay in Mexico and the surrounding markets and open fields in which he walks and the balcony he stands on in the morning with parrot are all pleasantly described. It feels like a place you want to be. The way time away should feel. There is a slight mournful air to the fact that the Americans are beginning to spoil the place, it is as if the Americans have brought that intruder time itself into this timeless land. It's not so much the details you will remember as the overall feel of the work. And Lawrence himself. And here he seems at ease, searching as always but not desperately so, which is a nice Lawrence to spend time with.
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