Books: Indigestible Mexico*

MEXICAN MAZE—Carleton Beals—Lippincott ($3).

If you want a guidebook for a trip through Mexico this book will hardly do. But if you will read, mark and inwardly digest it you can hardly help getting some vicarious Mexican experience. A notebook rather than a guidebook, Mexican Maze has a notebook's virtues and defects. It is perhaps an appropriate commentary on a country which Carleton Beals calls "an indigestible cake iced over with Moorish-Spanish, French and United States' cultures. A series of blistered layers of so-called civilizations holding down the...

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