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BOOK REVIEW: An enthralling glimpse into Chapala’s past

“If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s historic buildings and their former occupants” by Tony Burton

pg7aReaders with any curiosity about local history will be enthralled by the latest book penned by Tony Burton, a master of research and by far the most accomplished historian on the Lake Chapala area. The 156-page tome (excluding its annexes) is an easy delightful read, packed with juicy details that seem to make the walls talk.

Designed as a guidebook for a walking tour of central Chapala, “If Walls Could Talk” recounts fascinating tales about the shakers and movers who were instrumental in the transformation of an isolated fishing village into a world-renowned deluxe spa, tourist destination and prized haven for expatriate settlers.

Each of the 42 chapters focuses on a different point of interest, delving into profiles of foreign adventurers, entrepreneurs, visionaries, architects, high-ranking politicians and crème de la crème of society who left a legacy in the edifices that still stand today and others that have vanished over time.

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