With the company of Wilson Heston McGray (who wanted to unload a stolen Warhol in Bogota), Simon Mayle drove through Latin America to Rio. The journey took three months and three days - this is an account littered with drugs, driving, dealing and being a bit mad and a bit young.
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A tale of death--in the whimsical sense--and debauchery, chronicling the adventures of three friends en route to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro from New York City in 1973. Author Simon Mayle recalls how he dressed as a Victorian-era undertaker and piled into a souped-up Cadillac hearse with two cohorts for the 15,000-mile drive to Brazil. Admittedly the travelers were indulging a passion for theater and rebellion, but they also hoped to ensure a certain amount of safety for themselves by playing upon the Latin reverence for death.From the Back Cover:
"This is Hunter S. Thompson territory--bizarre, sophomoric, and yes, very funny. Don't try it at home."
"The real adventures have to do with the care and repair of a '73 Cadillac and getting into trouble. . . . But it's all in fun, even that botched coke deal in Cali, Colombia, the sort of thing Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady might have done--or said they'd done--if they'd had a hearse and money for gas."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Reminds you of nothing more than Jack Kerouac's On the Road--except that it is much better. . . . Of all the unbelievable things in The Burial Brothers, the most unbelievable is that it is all true. . . . Simon Mayle is wonderfully, happily, and completely insane."
--Literary Review (UK)
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