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Travel Book Club: Midnight In Mexico Discussion

Eden Book Club: Midnight In Mexico Discussion

It’s hard to describe how I feel about Midnight In Mexico in words. Alfredo Corchado pulls us into his Mexico, a Mexico he loves and cares for deeply. His determination to cover Mexico (after everything that happened at the start of the book no less – can we talk about that for a minute?) has earned him well-deserved journalism awards.

Midnight In Mexico is his memoir more than anything else. Whilst it sweeps over drug cartels and corruption and organized crime, it’s written through an intimate lens by a Mexican-American journalist who has hope for his roots yet is torn by the state it’s in.

And despite all the heaviness of the book (especially towards the end), it painted a portrait of Mexico that felt raw and honest. I got a taste of the Mexico we don’t see as tourists.

P.S. On a lighter note, I fell in love with Mexican cuisine even more (I love when books have rich food descriptions).

Book Club Discussion Guidelines

Discussion posts (like this one) will have a series of questions as starting points. But honestly, you can talk about whatever you want regarding the books (or questions). You don’t have to answer all (or any) of the questions. I’d still love to hear your thoughts!

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Midnight In Mexico Discussion Questions

  • Did the story pull you in immediately or did it take a while for it to reach its footing?
  • How would you describe Alfredo’s actions at the start of the novel (once he found out that he might be targeted as a journalist)?
  • If you were in Alfredo’s shoes, what would you have done differently?
  • How did you feel about the pacing of the book?
  • What do you think about the chronology of the book?
  • What are the risks and benefits of a drastic change to Mexico?
  • Has this book shaped your opinion of Mexico?
  • After reading the book, how do you think Alfredo feels about Mexico?
  • How does Alfredo’s views of Mexico differ from those around him?
  • If this book had been told from a different perspective, whose perspective would you like to have heard from?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Of course, these are just starter questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Feel 100% free to discuss anything regarding the book (or otherwise). I’ll be jumping in and responding as well!

6 Comments

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    Brook
    December 31, 2020 at 12:11 AM

    I’m not sure whether Alfredo was reckless or brave or stubborn….

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      Vyas
      December 31, 2020 at 12:22 AM

      I personally wouldn’t make the decision he did at the start but I also can’t fault him for making that decision because there’s a chance for corruption to be exposed.

      I’d also like to hear from Samuel because he has to make tough decisions to support his family and doesn’t have as many options as a journalist.

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        Anshula Varma
        December 31, 2020 at 8:15 AM

        Yes! I think hearing from Alfredo’s driver’s perspective would be so interesting! One of the quotes from him that stuck with me was “This is Mexico. Everybody is corrupt.” (though I have a hard time believing the generalization because I think the book, although it focuses on layers of corruption, is quite biased in how it presents Mexico). That quote made me want to know more about Samuel though.

        I’d also love to hear from Angela as she’s a journalist too (albeit different media). I think a female-perspective would dig into different nuances of being a journalist covering what happens near Juarez.

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      Everett
      January 1, 2021 at 2:41 PM

      Alfredo’s views are shaped by his hope for Mexico. Other people in this memoir have lost hope and that’s understandable given the circumstances but he’s clinging onto a positive future. In that way he’s stubborn.

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    Sanford
    December 31, 2020 at 12:27 AM

    The story pulled me in immediately. I think the closest memoir I’ve read to this is Can’t Hurt Me but that’s also very different. Can’t Hurt Me is more motivational in nature. And Midnight In Mexico is darker but also hard-hitting.

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      Anshula Varma
      December 31, 2020 at 9:40 AM

      Oh, I haven’t read Can’t Hurt Me but my partner read it this year and loved it! (*silently adds to TBR*)

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