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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817010
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Moore is a travel journalist and radio broadcaster from Sydney; this side of the globe he's probably best known for The Wrong Way Home, a lively narration of his quixotic attempt to semi-circumnavigate the globe without stepping on a plane.

Moore's new book The Full Montezuma is a moderately likeable, mildly intriguing first-person account of his travels in Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, and neighbouring countries, accompanied by --the Girl Next Door--a "spunky blonde in a chamois bikini". Together, and sometimes apart, the two of them bus, boat and taxi around the principal sites of central America and the Caribbean, enjoying and enduring a six-month long low-budget mini-Odyssey that variously involves hurricanes, civil wars, and insurgencies, as well as the more predictable Mayan cities, Aztec ruins, drunk American students, and importuning mariachi bands.

Stylistically, it has to be said Moore is not averse to the odd cliché. "The zocalo has it all", "the highlight was the video", "the rest, as they say, is history", all occur in the opening chapters. Moore also fails to pull any "writerly" muscles trying to provide fresh information on the historical and political background. However, if all you require is an enthusiastic, undemanding, amiable companion on your armchair journey around a fascinating part of the world, this book could be just the ticket. --Sean Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Visiting a hurricane-ravaged Central America and the cricket-mad Caribbean in the company of the Girl Next Door.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By julian.catt@bt.com on 22 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
I waited a long time to read 'The Full Montezuma' due mainly to the complete enjoyment and satisfaction gained from reading Peter Moore's previous book 'The Wrong Way Home'.
Perhaps the waiting time added to my expecations and so any kind of disappointment may be unfairly compounded.
Whatever, I just couldn't get into the swing of things with this book and felt that the author spent far too much time around the topic of the GND (Girl Next Door) rather than the adventure itself. But there again perhaps that was the whole point!
When time was given to describing the pleasures and pains of the journey then the experience became slightly more enjoyable from the reader perspective.
I guess a good measure of the read was judged by me still not really wanting to put the book down once I had got hold of it. This was initially due to my expectations, then when they were dashed it was in hope that the story might improve as it went along.
In the end I felt the book was ok but that it never really fulfilled its potential.
I like author's style and wit though and won't be put off by this experience. This was still an ok book that just suffered from having followed a brilliant one.
If you like Peter Moore and or unique travel experiences then give this one a go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerben Kappert on 4 Jan 2004
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Moore is an Australian who loves to travel. Nothing special there. During my travel days I found Ozzies everywhere, they are good travellers. They have to be, they are far from everywhere. While in Australia myself I discovered his writing. Not only that, I learned to appreciate it. As I wrote in reviewing his first book (Wrong way home), he writes the stories I would love to write myself. He is a backpacker, yet not a nerd. He is a traveller, but not a tourist. He manages to balance on the thin wire between all that is bad about tourism and the anthropologist that everybody tries to avoid.
This book is about travelling through central America. He does this together with his new girlfriend, the girl he used to live next to. So everywhere in the book she is called the Girl Next Door, or GND in short. I liked reading about their relation, as I know how difficult it is to travel with someone else. This is one charm of the book.
The area he travels through is very nice as well, as I went there myself about a year later, sometimes even taking the exact route he took. And again the power of observation wins me over completely. Share the same views and know how to write them down properly and you've written a great book. Peter Moore has done just that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Bridgeman on 25 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I've had somewhat of a Moore-fest lately. First 'The Wrong Way Home', and then his follow-up 'The Full Montezuma'. This recounts his travels through Central America with his then-new (and now-ex) girlfriend, aka GND (the 'Girl Next Door').
The basic hook of the book is how Moore, ever the frugal traveller and adventurist, has to basically put up with a travelling companion who just wants to sit on beaches all day and drink increasingly-expensive cocktails and soak up the sun.
Moore's writing is as enjoyable as ever (although his later books showed much improvement), and his eye for detail is sharp - as is his wit (on occasion).
It wasn't as enjoyable as 'Wrong Way Home', or the book that followed Montezuma, 'Swahili for the Broken-Hearted' (written AFTER he'd split with GND, natch), but it was still an enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
Central America provides an wonderful backdrop to the true theme of this book - Moore's relationship with the GND. A great yarn, often funny and insightful from the male point of view. Probably serves to confirm most women's thoughts about what goes on in a man's mind! I had empathy with Moore but sympathy for the GND and finished it in one read. A great recommendation if you ask me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By syhrt@hotmail.com on 31 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm a 22 year old and was given this book by my mother so a was a lttle apprehensive at first,
but after a few pages i was completely absorbed.
I found it a great read and inspirational it made me want to go and travel and see all those wonderful things. It also made me laugh and think about the more basic ideas needed when traveling,
A true Inspiration to rushing off to Central America if I ever read one. Especially With the girl next door.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2002
Format: Paperback
Having spent a year in Central America myself I bought this book mainly to read about someone else's experiences there, and the 'travelling relationship' aspect sounded interesting. I had visited many of the places shown on the map of their itinerary and was looking forward to seeing how they had changed since I was there.

However, while I quite enjoyed the book I was disappointed, and mainly kept reading just so I could get to the next bit about a destination I had been to.

The main fault with the book is that it is carelessly written. There are far too many typing errors and much of the (very basic) Spanish is wrong (e.g. 'quattro' for 'cuatro'). The author writes quite sparsely and repetitively - he uses the word 'pretty' far too much - and several times he compares his and the GND's relationship with that of a couple who have been married for 20 years. This I found quite irritating as there is not much development or resolution in what we are told about their relationship, so there was no evidence of this.

There is only limited interaction with the 'natives', which is a shame as this would have made the book more interesting and given more variety. As it stands, I didn't think we were given much of a feel for the places they visited.

I also spotted one or two factual (though minor) errors and found myself wondering how reliable the bits I didn't know about were.

However, I did quite enjoy reading the book and think that putting the photos on the web is a great idea.
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