‘Mexican Sunset’, is nothing if not frank. At times self-deprecating, Jebb gives an honest appraisal of his life as he moves from young teen to man and does not shy away from admitting weaknesses and negative personality traits, but rather uses these to demonstrate the inherent characteristics of man, which he connects with man’s choices and actions stretching far back into the eons of history.
Jebb’s personal revelation comes in the beautifully written chapter ‘The Volcano’, where we follow his journey to the peak of ‘Popo’ and share in history seeped deeply into the terrain, echoing the blood of human sacrifice which defines the Aztec ethnohistory. This moment is a turning point for Jebb as he contemplates his own role and that of his creator.
A deeply poetic book, far-reaching in its complexity, ‘Mexican Sunset’ is a fascinating look at the connectedness of peoples, nature, and their origins. It is unreservedly recommended!