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Honest and Insightful Story of Bad and Good Luck - Tainted by Pervasive Filthy Language
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020
The author presents an authentic portrayal of his adventures as a young man on a trip from Southern California to Mexico. It was easy for me to be drawn into the author's narrative because I too, like many other young people of his generation from Southern California, embarked on similar trips to discover and enjoy the west coast of Mexico by car, rail, bus, and even by hitchhiking. These trips were attractive to us because they were accessible, cheap, and exotic. During various trips, I even visited many of the same locales depicted by the author in this memoir. Unfortunately, the best known spots often lost their exotic allure when we found ourselves surrounded by guero Americans just like us. Still, it generally was a time and place for grand adventure for most of us. My big complaint, although I don't dispute the reality that foul language was common among the young men of this generation, is that I don't think it necessary to indulge in adding such language to stories in pursuit of authenticity or titillation. The story could have been just as compelling without or with much reduced foul language, but the author's decision to saturate the story with frequent f- and s-bombs was just as juvenile as some of the characters' hijinks.