I loved this even though I question what the author was doing getting into certain situations.It touched on Mexico City and even referenced Daniel Hernandez, Down and Delirious in Mexico City Beautifully written non fiction I felt his grief throough out the book and while some may not have liked it, I appreciated him going into detail on the political climate in Mexico and details on the Heavens case, and Ayotzinapa. Excelente libro Excelente libro.Estuve en la presentaci n y por ello s de qu va, m s all de lo que dice.Si amas M xico, hay que leerlo Si quieres comprender lo que nos pasa como mexicanos, hay que leerlo Si quieres saber qu sucede con el autor luego de su libro Di su nombre, hay que leerlo Si te gusta o te asusta manejar en M xico, hay que leerlo Si no te interesa en lo absoluto la pol tica, quiz es mejor que no lo leas, es m s pol tico que personal, y m s biogr fico que nada A mi me encant. Coming Off The Most Successful Book Of A Decorated Career Say Her Name The Interior Circuit Is Francisco Goldman S Timely And Provocative Journey Into The Heart Of Mexico City The Interior Circuit Is Goldman S Story Of His Emergence From Grief Five Years After His Wife S Death, Symbolized By His Attempt To Overcome His Fear Of Driving In The City Embracing The DF Mexico City As His Home, Goldman Explores And Celebrates The City, Which Stands Defiantly Apart From So Many Of The Social Ills And Violence Wracking Mexico This Is The Chronicle Of An Awakening, Both Personal And Political, Interior And Exterior, To The Meaning And Responsibilities Of Home Mexico S Narco War Rages On And, With The Restoration Of The Institutional Revolutionary Party The PRI To Power In The Summer S Elections, The DF S Special Apartness Seems Threatened In The Summer Of , When Mexican Organized Crime Violence And Death Erupts In The City In An Unprecedented Way, Goldman Sets Out To Try To Understand The Menacing Challenges The City Now Faces By Turns Exuberant, Poetic, Reportorial, Philosophic, And Urgent, The Interior Circuit Fuses A Personal Journey To An Account Of One Of The World S Most Remarkable And Often Misunderstood Cities Multi layered and beautifully written, The Interior Circuit presents Goldman s experience riding, and sometimes being pounded by, the waves of grief after his young wife s death in a body surfing accident He dives into life in Mexico City, specifically the DF, in part to connect with this place that Aura treasured And the book moves far beyond Goldman s personal grief and into the wonders of the DF and Mexico the beauty of the people and heritage and the horror of the narco world in most of the country, and now moving into the DF Books with statistics and reporting are often dry, inviting readers like me to skim Not this one When Goldman uses statistics, he s already laid a scene that allows the reader to see not just numbers but the people that make up those numbers A truly remarkable book, well written, and hard to put down. This books is divided in two parts The first part describes how the author deals with the his loss of his wife he decides to learn to drive in Mexico City If you have any idea about how this city works and its pace you ll understand what a daunting task this is The challenge is an exercise in d rive as he decides to drive to places he chooses randomly on the famous Gu a Roji city guide book Through this process he also talks about the history, politics and culture of M xico City as well as his own grief The second part focuses on a kidnapping incident he covers as a journalist in the infamous barrio of Tepito Although the description of this event and his comments on the politics surrounding it are very interesting the leading thread is somewhat disregarded in this second part I think part I and II could have been separate works Nevertheless, I think that if you like reading about cities this a book you ll enjoy. I loved his general observations about Mexico City, as well as his personal story But the book got weighted down by the many chapter focus on the After Heavens kidnapping mystery and I lost interest. This is a thought provoking and intense book, describing in heart wrenching terms the grief of a husband who has lost his Mexican wife in a surfing accident and how we comes to terms with his grief At the same time it is a powerful description of the violence and corruption which lies behind Mexican society and politics viewed from the relatively stage vantage point of Mexico City Like other reviewers, I felt the pursuit of the kidnapped group in the second half of the book took far to long to unravel. This was a great book that did as much as any book to help me even begin to understand Mexico City The author was married to a Mexican woman who died in a tragic accident five years before he wrote the book He spends part of his time in NYC and the rest in Mexico, and he decides to come back to Mexico to find some closure with his wife s death and also to take driving lessons while he s there, since he has never driven in Mexico City His descriptions of the city are pure gold for anyone obsessed with Mexico City like I am, his writing is great, and the narrator of this book maybe it s the author, I never checked is also great.So why only four stars Well, because I actually think this would have been better as two books The first book could have been called Learning to Drive in Mexico City, and been about the city and his feelings about the loss of his wife The second one could have been called Mexico City The Dark Side It s about the narco related kidnapping and execution of twelve people from a night club in Mexico City, and the implications of that crime Has Mexico City really become safer than it used to be Does the heavy police presence really mean drug cartel violence is not an issue like it is in some of the other Mexican states Even though I feel like it should have been two books instead of one, that did not impede my enjoyment of the writing, and I definitely want to read everything this author has written about Mexico now. This is an odd book It combines personal loss and recovery, heated political issues and curious travel tidbits all in a chronicle format.HIs last book, Say Her Name was a both beautiful and difficult story of the loss of Francisco Goldman s Mexican wife in 2007 He returns to chronicling his life five years later He now spends most of the year living in Mexico City and teaching one semester teaching in Brooklyn, thanks in part to the success of Say Her Name The book starts off partly catching up and filling us in with DF Distrito Federal as it was commonly known, although it has now changed to Ciudad de M xico He still commemorates Aura s death and with the help of a therapist, is trying to move on So Goldman decides to learn to drive in DF, not a simple feat judging by the traffic woes and challenging drivers He signs up for lessons and with the help of the Gu a Roji, a map book version of all the various colonias and barrios of the City, he makes a stab at driving and detailing DF This part was a real treat and his wit and sarcasm made it very enjoyable.The year is 2012 and every six years the Mexican vote in a new president It s impossible not to mention political sides and he certainly has a bent against the PRI and it s Ken doll president Enrique Pe a Nieto No worries, it s good fun with the pol tico barbs and good to get some background on the never ending political issues He has a lot of praise for the mayor of DF, Marcelo Ebrard, who along with Andr s Manuel Lopez Obrador AMLO helped to clean up and make the City vibrant and safe weirdly Ebrard lived in the same building as Goldman So things are going well and then he goes on a party bus with a bunch of drunken youths He gets into an argument and gets beaten up very badly by some kids with parents involved with the PRI The PRI ruled Mexico for some 70 years acting like a dictatorship and then were ousted for 12 years starting in 2000 with Vicente Fox But what the hell is a fifty year old doing on a party bus with teens After that bus ride, things seem to go down hill Goldman admits he hit rock bottom and needed to climb out Mexico gets a new mayor, Miguel ngel Mancera and on May 26, 2013, thirteen young people go missing from a club called Heavens This is where the book takes a turn Cartels, corrupt police, corrupt politicians and the mayor denies the cartels are in DF, makes this big chunk of the book a gruesome crime story The cult of Santa Muerta, the impact on the poor families, the gritty life and death issues in one of the world s biggest cities makes this enlightening and difficult to read If the first half of the book acted like a tourist brochure to visit the big city the latter half cries run for the hills So I am torn What is he trying to say There is a part where he sees the therapist and rationalizes what happens I wasn t convinced He s a very good writer But I am just a little baffled Is he saying Mexico under the PRI is back to the old corrupt days He mentioned that prior to 2012 the citizens lived in a bubble and now it s popped Are the cartels running the country the PRI the corrupt police In 2018, after six years, the PRI were trounced and AMLO and his Morena party has swept to power During Pe o Nieto s reign cartel violence escalated and during the election over 130 candidates were murdered What has happened to Mexico Should he write another book on recent developments His love life It almost feels like he needs to If so, will I read it I don t know 3.5 Right in the middle. this book felt all over the place the first half, about him getting through his grieving period, is stronger than the second half which is about a group kidnapping in Mexico city I felt the whole thing was too loosely related.
- 336 pages
- The Interior Circuit
- Francisco Goldman
- 08 October 2019 Francisco Goldman