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Six Months in Mexico

Nellie Bly

Book Overview: 

This is an account of Nellie Bly's travels through Mexico in 1885. The book was originally a series of individual articles that she submitted to the Pittsburgh Dispatch newspaper for publication. In them she described the conditions of the people and the political system she found in Mexico. Her narratives focused mostly on the impoverished and disadvantaged in a country whose government was extremely corrupt.

Bly was perhaps what we now term a feminist, striving for the empowerment and independence of women. She certainly pioneered the field of investigative reporting. Nevertheless, Bly's journalistic objectivity is often tainted by an uninformed, 19th-century, "gringo" world view.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ur back on the outdoor restaurants while we endeavored to swallow a little bit of the miserable stuff they called coffee. As we started we saw the people adjust the burdens to their backs, take up their long walking-poles, and start their burros toward the city. They had feasted and were now ready to continue their journey.

Leaping a ditch we left the highway and traveled through the fields, stopping to gather a few pepper berries with which to decorate ourselves, admiring the many-colored birds flitting from tree to tree. Another ditch, which the horses cleared beautifully, was left behind, and we were once again on a highway, with dust about a foot deep, which made horses cough as well as their riders. "This is bad," one of the gentlemen managed to say at last. We were only able to give a sympathetic grunt and then had to gasp fifteen minutes before we could regain our breath. "There is a hacienda near where we will get a drink and change roads. Vamos." Off we. . . Read More

Community Reviews

intresting I will definatly read it again

Two things stuck out to me the most about this book; the ringside culinary practices for the animals killed in the bullring... And the part where an American tourist cut some of the curtains in a palace for souvenirs.

Four stars might be a strong rating for this. It was a period piece, written in 1888 about Nelly Bly's six months of travel through Mexico at that time with her mother in tow. Her observations of the people, the food, the history and landscape were fascinating to me, having traveled in most of the s

An interesting look into 1885 Mexico

Nellie Bly was a good writer. I applaud her for committing to such an adventure. Although she may have given in to predominant American stereotypes of poor Mexicans at the time, her recorded memories still provide a unique street view of some parts of Mexico in 1

Adventures in Mexico with the woman who invented gonzo journalism, plus great observations on bullfighting.