Intrepid travel writer Peter Moore recently invited the new love of his life, a.k.a. the girl next door, to join him on a romantic sojourn through Central America.
The trip would take them into an area of the world emerging from decades of civil war, an area racked with poverty, disease and natural disasters.
Naturally, she jumped at the chance. Over the next six months they battled hurricanes, mosquitoes, uncooperative border officials and over-sexed Mexican commuters, and along the way they learnt rather more about each other than they really wanted to...
From Zapatista rebel heartlands in Mexico to a quiet game of cricket in Jamaica, from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Mitch in Honduras to breathtaking ancient Mayan sites and perfect golden Caribbean beaches, The Full Montezuma chronicles the highs and lows of one couple's journey into the unknown.
Written with Moore's wicked sense of humour and his eye for the bizarre, and punctuated by a roll call of annoying habits - map-hogging, over packing, bite-scratching and over-zealous haggling - The Full Montezuma is hilarious, incisive and acutely observed, a cautionary tale for anyone planning to cross a continent with their significant other.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
- Publication Date: 02/05/2005
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780553817010
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Review by pamplemousse
Sub-titled "Around central america and the caribbean with the girl next door", which pretty much sums it up. Peter Moore is a young-ish man who lives to travel, and this is the latest in a small series, this time relating his travel with a young woman whom he had known for just a short time when he asked her to accompany him on his next journey. Of course, travelling is an excellent way to get to know someone, but it is rather unfortunate if you discover incompatibilities while on the journey, as is suggested here. There is much in here about such discoveries, but (I hope) with the intention of entertaining the reader rather than elucidating any truths about relationships. I would have liked to have heard her point of view too -- I feel sure that she would have a usefully different view of events! The strength of the book is in the decriptions of the places seen and the roads travelled. Although Moore is no great wordsmith, the book is honestly and straight-forwardly written, making for a light and entertaining read. [Jan 2001]
Review by Seajack
Moore's a great travel writer, but I wouldn't advise folks who've never read him before to start with this one - try "Vroom with a View" instead.
Review by skinglist
The Full Montezuma is Peter Moore at his riotous bestYou know what, I really didn't think so. I usually like, no love Peter Moore but I didn't care for this book. I know it was one of his earlier ones so maybe he hadn't yet grown into his writing voice, despite "Wrong Way" being first. And I'll admit, the anti-American rant didn't really help much. Yes, it's always the case where a small group of people acting poorly leave a bad taste in your mouth for the whole group, but I still think that rant was uncalled for.Apart from that, I frequestly wanted to take his and the GND's heads and smack them together in an effort to knock some common sense into them, but that's just me. I know better than to think I can travel for six months with someone, I'm having enough trouble living with someone for four. I really don't think either one of them put enough thought into this trip which showed by, above all, their running out of money. It also seemed that she expected him to pay for a lot more than she did, despite their going to her family for money when they ran out in Jamaica.But there were some things I did like--I liked hearing about some areas in Central America because it's where I'm headed at the tail end of this trip. And I so can empathize with their getting ruin-ed and volcano-ed out because I certain;y experienced it while living in Japan--after a while, they all blend together and you don't care if this next one is the "best ever" because you just don't want to see any more at all. I can also understand the difficulties of trying to live and travel in a place where you don't speak or understand the language, though I think he and the GND could have tried a little harder than the one week immersion class, but I guess that's what's meant to make this book funnier--there's nothing interesting in hearing "I was able to communicate fine and we had no trouble with the language barrier".Oh well, any author is allowed to have an "off" book in the eyes of the reader and this is mine for PM. I still can't wait for Crikey to come out, though I might give No Shitting in the Toilet a miss. We'll see.
Review by nmiddl10
Tended to agree with 'skinglist''s review until I actually completed some backpacking through the area myself and ended up finding the book incredibly useful. Travelled along much of the same route as Moore, dined at the same eateries, slept at the same dingy hostels, rode the same excruciating bus rides and found not much had changed from between the 15 odd years since he had made the journey. I even travelled with my girlfriend as well, and had to put up with the bed bug complaints and desires for white sand beaches. If you are travelling to the region I DEFINITELY recommend the book, if not, its not a bad read but definitely not his best work.