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!