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FRANCES CALDERON DE LA BARCA, born in Edinburgh, 1804, the daughter of William Inglis. After her father’s death she settled in America, where she married the Spanish diplomat, Don Angel Calderon de la Barca. She accompanied him on his various appointments to Mexico, Washington, and finally to Madrid, where she was created Marquesa de Calderon de la Barca by Alfonso XII and FRANCES CALDERON DE LA BARCA, born in Edinburgh, 1804, the daughter of William Inglis. After her father’s death she settled in America, where she married the Spanish diplomat, Don Angel Calderon de la Barca. She accompanied him on his various appointments to Mexico, Washington, and finally to Madrid, where she was created Marquesa de Calderon de la Barca by Alfonso XII and died in 1882. The present work is the result of observations made during a two years’ residence in Mexico, by a lady, whose position there made her intimately acquainted with its society, and opened to her the best sources of information in regard to whatever could interest an enlightened foreigner. It consists of letters written to the members of her own family, and, really, not intended originally–however incredible the assertion—for publication. Taken from text itself and part of preface.


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FRANCES CALDERON DE LA BARCA, born in Edinburgh, 1804, the daughter of William Inglis. After her father’s death she settled in America, where she married the Spanish diplomat, Don Angel Calderon de la Barca. She accompanied him on his various appointments to Mexico, Washington, and finally to Madrid, where she was created Marquesa de Calderon de la Barca by Alfonso XII and FRANCES CALDERON DE LA BARCA, born in Edinburgh, 1804, the daughter of William Inglis. After her father’s death she settled in America, where she married the Spanish diplomat, Don Angel Calderon de la Barca. She accompanied him on his various appointments to Mexico, Washington, and finally to Madrid, where she was created Marquesa de Calderon de la Barca by Alfonso XII and died in 1882. The present work is the result of observations made during a two years’ residence in Mexico, by a lady, whose position there made her intimately acquainted with its society, and opened to her the best sources of information in regard to whatever could interest an enlightened foreigner. It consists of letters written to the members of her own family, and, really, not intended originally–however incredible the assertion—for publication. Taken from text itself and part of preface.

30 review for Life in Mexico (Librivox Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    Fanny Calderon de La Barca was a Scot who, by marrying a Spanish diplomat, was launched on a 2-year adventure in Mexico in the mid-1800s. She tells of her travels there with wit and wonderful detail and you will feel as though you are right there with her, getting to like the taste of pulque or riding sidesaddle for days.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Wilson-Sanford

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. And it sounds boring and academic---and it so isn't It is the journal of an Enlish woman married to a Spanish diplomat to Mexico---after the revolution around 1840. She writes beautiful and complete descriptions of everything and she is quite funny. I want to know more about her. I live in Mexico half the year and she gets Mexico and its people and the culture and rituals. From jewels to robbers (Not related) to food to Holy Week to volcanoes, she keeps it interesting. Great for peo I LOVED THIS BOOK. And it sounds boring and academic---and it so isn't It is the journal of an Enlish woman married to a Spanish diplomat to Mexico---after the revolution around 1840. She writes beautiful and complete descriptions of everything and she is quite funny. I want to know more about her. I live in Mexico half the year and she gets Mexico and its people and the culture and rituals. From jewels to robbers (Not related) to food to Holy Week to volcanoes, she keeps it interesting. Great for people traveling to Mexico. I kept thinking, "Oh yes, this is when people of a certain class were well educated and knew how to correspond." Life in Mexico

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Barbosa

    Cincuenta y cuatro cartas de Fanny Calderón de la Barca, esposa del primer embajador de España en México después de la Independencia, escritas con gran inteligencia durante una estancia de dos años en México, dan cuenta de una sociedad mexicana que, de tan rota, nos recuerda a la nuestra. Publicadas como libro en 1843, ofrecen la crítica necesaria. Es imprescindible leerlas por lo menos una vez en la vida.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    Aunque a ratos se convierte en una lectura muy aburrida, tiene datos que me encantaron sobre como vivian los habitantes de México a mediados del siglo XIX, lo cual son muy botanas muchas costumbres y muchas otras, la marquesa las resalta como extrañas. Que comparándolas con el panorama actual son comunes... por ejemplo los vendedores tocando puerta a puerta y gritando "tierra para sus masetas". Esos detalles historicos me fascinan. Aunque a ratos se convierte en una lectura muy aburrida, tiene datos que me encantaron sobre como vivian los habitantes de México a mediados del siglo XIX, lo cual son muy botanas muchas costumbres y muchas otras, la marquesa las resalta como extrañas. Que comparándolas con el panorama actual son comunes... por ejemplo los vendedores tocando puerta a puerta y gritando "tierra para sus masetas". Esos detalles historicos me fascinan.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    El libro es un retrato de la vida cotidiana en México, con dosis de humor a veces involuntario y con.críticas muy acertadas a la vez. Es triste ver lo poco que siempre hemos cuidado.nuestro patrimonio. Muy ameno e interesante libro. Dada la destrucción continua de nuestro patrimonio vale la pena preguntarse si hemos aprendido algo de nuestro pasado

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Provides a good overview of newly independent Mexico but is quite bland in parts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nelly

    Abundantes detalles de la vida en México en el siglo XIX, con una buena dosis de humor involuntario dados los prejuicios de Madame Calderón de la Barca al enfrentarse a una nueva cultura.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I felt like I had adhd trying to get through this book. It was dry and I am glad it is over with.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cårlos Torres Orozco

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ig-88

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ethlinn

  13. 5 out of 5

    Esthela García

  14. 4 out of 5

    Guadalupe

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marisol Schulz

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aldair

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Vera

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ahasver

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Ángel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean-luc

  22. 5 out of 5

    Santiago

  23. 5 out of 5

    Apolinar Perdomo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo Puente

  25. 5 out of 5

    Callum

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eldegar Islas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paulimar

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alfred Washington

  29. 4 out of 5

    Escogaher

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

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