One Mexican Sunday
This is a warm, very funny account of the author's six months living
among the rural Mexican working class in Baja California. It takes the reader into the lives of Third World
peoples as perhaps none other. HERE IS WHAT BETH HARRIS OF PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA
HAD TO SAY IN HER COLUMN IN THE DESART SUN, "We are pleased to introduce our
readers to Mike Oehler's story, told with the warmth, love and empathy that is somehow reminiscent of Wilder's
'Our Town.'...In 1963 Mike Oehler lived in Mexico, trading the plastic and chrome style of the U.S. for life
among the rural Mexican working class. His experiences in one single day result in a slim volume replete with
humor and bursting with affection and insight...peopled with characters from Manuel, the laborer, to Goya the
operator of a park for turistas, to Josephina the prostitute and more...portraits drawn from life. No details
are spared...really good writing."
LEONARD RANDOLPH WRITING IN NEWSART CALLED IT, "a nearly perfect example of the good that can happen when a fine fiction/non-fiction writer decides to take the bit in his own teeth...It is a fine, highly entertaining, keenly observed account of Oehler's visit to Mexico in 1963. It has a 'cast of characters' equal to Steinbeck's memorable "Cannery Row." And they are treated with beautifully balanced understanding, the kind of insight a truly fine writer/observer brings to any subject dealing with human nature..."One Mexican Sunday", I am delighted to say, is a book you can put down – and then pick back up and resume your reading with unadulterated pleasure. Better still, it is a book you can read and re-read discovering something new each time...fine narrative impact and flow...rich in detail, skillfully written and produced...The series of wryly humorous line drawings by Cindy Davis are also fine...I admire the book in its entirety."
TRUE WEST MAGAZINE CALLED "One Mexican Sunday" a "delightful little book... It is a special book in that because Oehler was accepted by the people with whom he lived, he was able to see them as they were. The warmth, humor, and humanity of life in rural Mexico is captured in words...He tells of fishhead soup and crowded and tiny Mexican homes, but he concentrates on the people. The book is not only informative but good reading. He describes a lifestyle that most Americans will never know...Recommended."
JEFFERY GOLD IN THE ASHBURY PARK PRESSWROTE,
"Just as knocking back a shot of tequila produces a jolt followed by a mellowing warmth, reading
"One Mexican Sunday" produces a few belly laughs against a pattern of relaxed smiles.
BURTON FRYE, IN HIS SYNDICATED COLUMN, WROTE, "Mike Oehler takes you on a wonderful trip. You can visit people so far below the social ladder that they look up to it as we might to a UFO. They have pride, joy, sorrow and fear and this book is a celebration of the indomitable spirit of humankind...this book affirms the truth that the poor have something that even the greedy cannot get away from them."
LARRY RUMLEY, SEATTLE TIMES BOOK EDITOR, DESCRIBES "ONE MEXICAN SUNDAY"AS, "...life at its grittiest, but also life full of very warm and lusty humanity...a rowdy, colorful and highly entertaining chronicle."
AILEEN PAUL PHILLIPS IN SANTA FE'S THE NEW MEXICANCALLS "ONE MEXICAN SUNDAY", "A beguiling tale...drawn with affectionate detail" and says of Oehler, "We will hear more from him I am sure because he has evolved a unique style for writing of life in this part of the world."
THE SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA MERCURY NEWS BOOKS EDITOR,
JIM JEFFRIES, WRITES, "It is a pleasant book, easy to read and admirably lacking in
sentimentality and Third World rhetoric. It describes what I assume to be a typical Sunday among people who
are getting all they can out of life, and Oehler suggests they distill the essence with considerable
success; so much so, in fact, that the professional sympathy from north of the border begins to look like
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