Title: Beyond the Mexique Bay
Author: Aldous Huxley
Page Count/Review Word Count: 224
This book is an interesting little piece of historical travel writing from Aldous Huxley, written at a time in which Europe was about to head to war against the Nazi threat. He talked a lot about what the Nazi phenomenon meant, and it was weird because he was speculating about whether Nazis would still be around twenty years later. Unfortunately, they still are, just in a different form.
Still, it didn’t hold my attention as much as Huxley’s novels did, and while he is of course a master of non-fiction, there were a fair few off moments. There were also a few points at which he shared some points of view that aren’t very 2021. It felt dated because of that, arguably more so than it did from the world events that he talked about.
With that said, I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve read by Huxley, and this was no exception. It was also a pleasure to be able to see some of the world, in part because I’ve never had a chance to visit Mexico myself and in part because the world is still struggling to come to terms with COVID-19. What would he have made of the pandemic?