Mornings in Mexico

Mornings in Mexico

D.H. Lawrence
Travel
Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Paperback, 96 pages
$17.00

Lawrence was much reviled during his lifetime and largely condemned in obituaries at his death. While he had significant champions in E.M. Forster, Aldous Huxley and F.R. Leavis, the conventional wisdom regarding his manner and work was negative. Nevertheless Sons and Lovers, Women in Love and Lady Chatterley’s Lover continue to have devoted followers. The Plumed Serpent, another favorite, has its origins hidden in a little gem in his oeuvre. Mornings in Mexico relates the experiences and impressions from his life in Mexico and Native American country in the early 1900's. His observations of household life and the markets of Oaxaca are rich and colorful. His condemnation of the manner of the “white monkeys” in their interactions with indigenous people is unsparing. His description of the Hopi Snake Dance near Oraibi on 3rd Mesa is captivating. The book does not entirely escape Lawrence’s tendency to arrogance and patronization, but it is a quiet, pleasant read.