Author Maragaret Hook’s new book Surreal Eden, tells the tale of eccentric art patron Edward James and his escapist sanctuary, La Pozas. In an interview at The Morning News, Hook talks about James and the quixotic path that lead him to Mexico, with accompanying photos that can’t be missed. La Pozas is a picturesque masterpiece of surreal fantasy – imagine Piranesi’s Carceri in the jungles of Mexico.
In a lavish show of eccentricity, James claims that he decided to settle in Mexico after a magical experience of his own: while swimming in a river, James witnessed a friend emerge from the water covered in a cloak of butterflies. Gabriel García Márquez would be proud.