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Mornings in Mexico [Paperback]

D.H. Lawrence
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22 Sep 2009
Much of D.H. Lawrence's life was defined by his passion for travel and it was those peripatetic wanderings that gave life to some of his greatest novels. In the 1920s Lawrence travelled several times to Mexico, where he was fascinated by the clash of beauty and brutality, purity and darkness that he observed there. The diverse and evocative essays that make up Mornings in Mexico - 'Market Day', 'Dance of the Sprouting Corn', 'The Hopi Snake Dance' - bring to life the elemental simplicity of the Zapotec Indians in Mexico, the intense, dark rhythms of the Indians in the American South West and are brightly adorned with simple and evocative details sharply observed: piles of fruit in a village market, strolls in a courtyard filled with hibiscus and roses, the play of light on an adobe wall. It was during his time in Mexico that Lawrence re-wrote 'The Plumed Serpent', which is infused with his own experiences there. The spirited eloquence and beauty of the essays in 'Mornings in Mexico' thus illuminate the inspiration behind of one of Lawrence's most loved works and immerse the reader in a portrait of the country like no other.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (22 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845118685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845118686
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Top Ten Books, 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 icon of 20th century literature. He began writing at an early age, publishing his first novel, The White Peacock, when he was twenty-five, Sons and Lovers three years later and The Rainbow and Women in Love in his thirties. 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 Italy, Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon), Australia, America, Mexico and the South of France - and it was during this time that he wrote such classics as Sea and Sardinia, The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley's Lover. With the exception of E.M. Forster, who called him 'the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation', and friends such as Aldous Huxley, Lawrence's obituarists were mostly dismissive and hostile. It was not until The Lady Chatterley Trial thirty years after his death and the subsequent publication of the book that Lawrence was finally recognised as one of the great writers and thinkers of his age.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars travel writing 12 Feb 2010
By Bynwyn
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Excellent book. Spent many a happy few minutes or more dipping into this whilst sitting on my balcony sipping wine and enjoying the beautiful scenery and weather on my recent trip to Mexico. For me Lawrence captures the essence of the country and its people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of a different culture 18 Oct 2013
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One reviewer - Doug Anderson - has already partially caught what this travel book is all about. It is about Lawrence seeking to uncover the life (& how it's lived) of another culture. What is important to the Mexican (according to Lawrence) is not time, schedules, order, but timelessness, being connected, mystery, interchange. This is captured in the "Market Day" chapter. People go to the market not to exchange money; this is just the means of bringing them together. They go for human contact, to hear an unusual voice, to be among other people: they are occasionally, "jammed between the soft bodies of strange men come from afar and have the sound of strange voices in their ears". There is a slow flow, an ease, a stillness, a searching quality about these people 'Westerners' can almost never understand, caught up in the frantic world of keeping to time they live in. Lawrence likens the people to a single star in the sky. It's like the star you sometimes see on a Christmas card. It's not day time. It's not night time. But that time between each or when day merges into night. That star shining at such a time is a mysterious moment. The Mexican lives in such a world. They are in touch with the ebb and flow of life. They hear the sound of insects. Distant blue mountains conceal unfathomable mysteries. There is depth in everything. And life should be lived unhurriedly. Only then do we catch life. But we don't want to catch it. We want to be part of the flow, be at one with it and merge with the pulses of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 25 April 2013
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If you like D. H. Lawrence or books about different countries you will enjoy this.
Service and delivery excellent. Book condition very good as stated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mexico - by a first rate traveller 3 April 2001
By Alan Cogan - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost an anthropoligist 18 Mar 2011
By A. W. France - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique travel piece 7 Sep 2001
By Doug Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN SW 10 Dec 2013
By BbP - Published on Amazon.com
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dh lawrence-1885 to 1930/44yrs-
book 1924 pub 1927.

LAWRENCE--as a TRAVEL WRITER.

-the american southwest-
chapters
CARSAMIN--WALK--MOZO--INDIANS--DANCE--
HOPI--and LITTLE MOONSHINE.

A collection OF TRAVEL essays. DH captures
the--SPIRIT of the PLACES and PEOPLE.

VERY NICE.

bbp oklc 64
library
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect D.H. Lawrence book. A must read for students of great literature. 28 July 2008
By SCOTT FREILE - Published on Amazon.com
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You are not a trully educated person until you read the early writings of D.H. Lawrence. Mornings in Mexico is true Lawrence at his best. See the inspiration for Gonzo and Hunter Thompson in this work. A fast read, then read it every year. Greatness in the raw.
Dr.Scott Freile
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