James Forman

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Mr. Bonham lavishes too much attention on [the] psychiatric first chapters [of "The Vagabundos"]. Once over them, the reader can almost hear the author sigh with relief as he enters a land he knows and loves—Mexico. Adventures involving the natives, pirate gold, dug-out canoes, sharks and a lovely blonde enliven...

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Mr. Bonham lavishes too much attention on [the] psychiatric first chapters [of "The Vagabundos"]. Once over them, the reader can almost hear the author sigh with relief as he enters a land he knows and loves—Mexico. Adventures involving the natives, pirate gold, dug-out canoes, sharks and a lovely blonde enliven the tour south. When the pursuit ends, both Erics have found themselves….

The characters are adequate to carry a busy, offbeat story. What matters is Baja California, its flora, fauna and its people. The author makes one want to go there, splash about and become a vagabundo del mar. (p. 34)

James Forman, in The New York Times Book Review (© 1969 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), September 7, 1969.

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