It's a Long Road to Comondú
Mexican Adventures since 1928
Art
5.5 x 8.5, 176 pp.
4 color illus., 33 b&w illus.
Pub Date: 01/01/1987
Wardlaw Books
  cloth
Price:        $21.95

978-0-89096-296-1

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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It's a Long Road to Comondú

Mexican Adventures since 1928

By Everett Gee Jackson

When artist Everett Jackson and his young wife, Eileen, crossed the border from Mexico in 1927 after he had painted there for four years, they realized that Mexico had bewitched them. Never again would they see life quite the same way as the Americans around them, and never would they be able to stay out of Mexico for more than a few months at a time.

Almost immediately upon settling in San Diego, where he would teach art and she would write a newspaper column, they began making painting trips back into Mexico. At first they explored the remote, unsettled areas in the border state of Baja California, but over the next fifty years they visited all parts of Mexico, seeing sites that few Americans have ever viewed and others which, though more popular, few have seen with Jackson's clarity and sympathy.
 
The Jacksons took many roads south--meeting a man whose mule could pull their stuck car out of the sand as soon as they pulled the mule out of a well, revisiting old friends from Chapala and Ajijic, climbing pyramids with the descendants of their ancient builders, exploring the subtleties of the sculpture and architecture of Palenque, and walking contemplatively over the great, twenty-five-foot-tall Tlaloc of Coatlinchan as it reclined on site before it was moved to a museum in Mexico City. To the artist's original goal of capturing the spirit of Mexico in his paintings, he added those of fathoming the use of space in pre-Columbian art and, eventually, of traveling the long and difficult, but picturesque and mysterious, road to the village  of Comondu.

The understatedly fascinating adventures on these journeys are captivatingly illustrated by Jackson's own distinctive drawings and told with an artist's eye to detail and a gentle man's warm humor. Artists and art historians will appreciate his reflections on the pre-Columbian art and colonial and Indian architecture he saw. People with an interest in Mexico will enjoy his accounts of the places and people he knew before development and tourism changed them forever. And those who want to love mankind will treasure the excuse his adroit observations provide for doing so.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Another volume by this master storyteller, superb artist, and perceptive writer is a must." --Latin America in Books

"This is a collection of warm and fond reminiscences by artist and writer Jackson of a few of his many trips into Mexico, including some to Baja, taken from his San Diego home. His ultimate goal, yet to be achieved, is to reach Baja California's Mission San Jose Comondú. Mexico lovers, especially, will love this book, I did." --BOOKS OF THE SOUTHWEST

"Written in a gentle, humorous style that combines the richness of an artist's vision with the warm humanism of a man who loves life and people. There are some excellent descriptions of ancient ruins, pyramids, and other archaeological sites. But mostly what is remembered are the people, the funny incidents and the particular way an artist sees the landscape." --ENCHANTMENT

"If the statement 'you can't return' draws an agreeing nod, whoa . . . --THE TRIBUNE, SAN DIEGO
"Artist and author Everett Gee Jackson, forever enchanted with Mexico--its many faces, places and moods--gently buckles the reader into a seat belt and seductively guides him back to Mexico of the late 1920s. . . . The reading journey is as comfortable as listening to a good yarn by an old friend, warmly spiced with delightful asides." --THE TRIBUNE, SAN DIEGO

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