Journey down a Rainbow

Journey down a Rainbow

Journey down a Rainbow

Journey down a Rainbow

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This is not another of those books about America. True, it begins like a travel book, and perhaps right to the end it never entirely loses its resemblance to one. Those readers who insist upon travel books are not going to be warned off. If what they want are glimpses of the American South-West, they will find them in many of these chapters: the peepshow is working. But we had no intention of adding one more volume to the pile, already too high, of books about America by visiting authors from Europe. The proper time for such books has gone. We are already in another age, when America mostly pays the piper and calls for most of the tunes. There is no longer any point in leaving Leicester Square and Coventry Street in order to describe Broadway, which merely has more electric light, newer Hollywood films, larger cafeterias. English readers have not to be conducted across the Atlantic now to observe the American style of urban life: it can be discovered in the nearest town. It is now the great invader.

Why choose America, then? The answer is that if you wish, as we did, to compare some of the earliest men with some of the latest, to make a contrast between two very different ways of life, the American South- West offers you an opportunity not to be found elsewhere. For there, neighbouring states, are New Mexico and Texas. In New Mexico some of the earliest . . .

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