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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Cohan Narrator: Tony Cohan Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN:
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When Los Angeles novelist Tony Cohan and his artist wife Masako visited central Mexico one winter, they fell under the spell of a place where the pace of life is leisurely, the cobblestone streets and sun-splashed plazas are enchanting, and the sights and sounds of daily fiestas fill the air. Awakened to needs they didn't know they had, they returned to California, sold their house, and cast off for a new life in San Miguel de Allende. On Mexican Time is Cohan's passionate, evocatively written memoir of how he and his wife found a new home - and a new lease on life - in this charming 16th century hill town.

In an alternately humorous and poignant narrative, Cohan recounts how they absorb the town's sensual ambience, eventually find and refurbish a crumbling 250-year-old house, and become entwined in the endless drama of Mexican life. From peso devaluations and water shortages to the local legend of a man who was killed twice and the romantic entanglements of their handyman, On Mexican Time captures the indelible characters, little tragedies, and curious incidents of life in a distinctive Mexican town. At the same time it enfolds listeners into the delights of one of the world's most desirable travel destinations.

Brimming with mystery, joy, and hilarity, On Mexican Time is a stirring, seductive celebration of another way of life - a tale of Americans who, finding a home in Mexico, find themselves anew. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2014

    " The story of an American couple - a writer and an artist - who fall in love with San Miguel and move there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Peterson | 2/16/2014

    " A quick, fun read and a must for anyone going (or planning to relocate) to San Miguel. The author weaves a bit of history throughout his story of life in the Mexican hill town, which is a nice complement to his own experiences. Reminds me of a trip I took with my dad and stepmom to colonial Mexico a long time ago and makes me want to go back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge | 2/9/2014

    " I loved it. I also have been to San Miguel several times and find it incredibly beautiful and different. It's rather like being in Europe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MariaK | 1/31/2014

    " I tried to read this book repeatedly but it always puts me to sleep. I wish I liked the writing style a little better, at least enough to get through the first 25 pages, because I think the story is interesting. I might give it another try someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 1/26/2014

    " Perfect for anyone who dreams of living a different life in a different place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandi | 1/24/2014

    " His experience was so different from my Peace Corps experience that I just couldn't enjoy this book. He never really experiences Mexican culture, he just hangs out with other ex pats. Additionally, he never shows any personal growth or development from his travels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nora | 1/18/2014

    " Cohan seems to lack curiosity about his new home, and his book is remarkably lacking in interest as a result. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/16/2014

    " Americans settle in Mexico, adjust to life at different pace "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen | 1/6/2014

    " A bit slow paced for me but quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book because I can relate to learning to love living in Mexico, and it helped me analyze what it is about living there that I love. It is very difficult to explain to someone who hasn't gone through the experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devon Valderas | 12/12/2013

    " much better than the tv show: "flip this house." the main character is the house he remodels...strange that i liked it, but i did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/9/2013

    " Classic travel, expatriate memoir. I have loved Mexico since the first time I traveled there. This transports you right into the heart of an artist colony of San Miguel and you never want to leave. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 12/8/2013

    " I couldn't get myself to finish this book. It should have been a newspaper column. The story: an artsy-fartsy American couple moves to San Miguel de Allende to get away from the smoggy rat race of Los Angeles. She makes art. He discovers the manana lifestyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharman | 12/6/2013

    " Enjoyed reading about one couples experience moving to San Miguel Mexico. Having seen pictures of how beautiful this city is it was easy to imagine what the town is like and appreciate how big the change in lifestyle must be with such a move. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ddjiii | 8/5/2013

    " A sensitive and only somewhat sentimental exploration of the experience of falling in love with a foreign place, and how your experience of a place changes as you get to know it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orin | 8/5/2013

    " A solid memoir. It will be interesting to see how things have changed in the decade since it was published--and to see if the dreaded gentrification has indeed come to pass. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberlee | 7/3/2013

    " i'm not sure this book even deserves one star! NOTHING ever happens! i chose it for my book club several years ago, and i think we all agree that, to date, it is the worst book we've read. somebody had to choose the worst book, i guess! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/3/2013

    " A must-read for anyone planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende, or for anyone who loves all things Mexican. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Odoublegood | 2/7/2013

    " well written and true to personal experience from same era "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Higgins | 1/25/2013

    " I feel like I took a vacation. Wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 12/19/2012

    " The Latin American version of Under the Tuscan Sun. Except better! Perfect if you have traveled in central Mexico! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 12/13/2012

    " This was the first Tony Cohan book I read and it was my favorite, I wanted it to be longer so I could continue reading on and on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dalene | 10/30/2012

    " This book is about the city in Mexico I just visited this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmel | 8/13/2012

    " Would love to do something like move to Mexico so it was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Donovan | 1/14/2012

    " I picked this book up while traveling in Guatemala, and despite all the awesome things to do in Antigua I didn't want to put the book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 11/15/2011

    " This book made me want to live in Mexico. I would be a furniture maker or something. Probably tomar demasiado. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/18/2011

    " Too much about the author's life, not enough about Mexico. I did enjoy the parts about the culture and life of San Miguel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/12/2011

    " I was hoping for a really great travel memoir to read while we were in Mexico, and this was just ok. I didn't think his writing really evoked San Miguel and the people he was describing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/1/2011

    " I love San Miguel De Allende and have visited a number of times. I picked up Tony Cohan's book for one of my trips. He captures the seductiveness and beauty of of the town. He also made me realize that the San Miguel I used to know no longer exists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/11/2011

    " I was hoping for a really great travel memoir to read while we were in Mexico, and this was just ok. I didn't think his writing really evoked San Miguel and the people he was describing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/15/2010

    " When the stories are good enough to make me do a complete 180 about Mexico, you know the writing is good. I just wish the book hadn't been written before the carnage of the past few years. Wonderful travelogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/25/2010

    " Since I'm looking into living in Mexico for a little stint, I started reading books about Americans who move across the border and the types of things they encounter. . . Pretty interesting. Interesting perspectives and beautiful writing about the country, the culture, and most of all, the people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 7/2/2010

    " Clayton is reading this one, now. It is a true story of a couple relocating to small mountain town in Mexico. He tells of what they have let go and what they have taken on. Makes a person think about their own life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/31/2010

    " Having lived in Mexico myself, this book brought back many memories but I really wondered if you haven't experienced Mexico yourself, would you
    get a picture from his descriptions? They seemed too curt and meant for others who have enjoyed living in Mexico, especially San Miguel.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orin | 5/5/2010

    " A solid memoir. It will be interesting to see how things have changed in the decade since it was published--and to see if the dreaded gentrification has indeed come to pass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/28/2010

    " Makes you want to move to Mexico and buy a fixer-upper hacienda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/22/2010

    " Loved this book--even though it might have been a bit longer than necessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/18/2010

    " I loved this book because I can relate to learning to love living in Mexico, and it helped me analyze what it is about living there that I love. It is very difficult to explain to someone who hasn't gone through the experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Odoublegood | 1/12/2010

    " well written and true to personal experience from same era "

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