The Mango Orchard: The Extraordinary True Story of a Family Lost and Found
Arrow Books, 2011
The Mango Orchard by British writer Robin Bayley is a story of his journey to Latin America to retrace his great-grandfather’s path and find out more about the family history.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Arthur “Arturo” Greenhalgh worked in a cotton mill outside Guadalajara, Mexico. When Robin was a child, his grandmother often told him about her father’s time overseas, including tales of the Mexican Revolution. Intrigued by the stories, Robin always sensed that there was more to them than anyone in the family might know.
The urge to find the missing pieces continued into his adult life and eventually caused him to venture out to Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, and several locations in Mexico. In the book, Robin describes the two journeys – his own and Arturo’s – and recalls an astonishing discovery.
This engaging and charming book blends elements of a memoir, travelogue, romance, and mystery. Historic information is interspersed with details of present-day culture in Latin American countries, such as customs and family relations.
The Mango Orchard can be enjoyed by travel enthusiasts, readers interested in Latin America and the Spanish language (the text contains many Spanish words and expressions), and those who are researching their own family history.
See also: Jetting Around’s interview with Robin Bayley, coinciding with the book’s US release.
Category: GOOD READS