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Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance

Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance is a record of a man who undertakes the sacred pilgrimage of singing his song to his tune, determining to go through a life of challenging social dogmas and be punished more than enough. Shogo is an artist, a seeker, and a confessor, obliged to sincerity.

Moreover, this is a book of his journey of redemption with his three Mexican friends, who succour him in following his private destiny ultimately. They allow him to redeem himself of his great crime – not living life to the fullest. He calmly burns the bridge behind him and resolutely starts walking on the road that God prepares for him. He is emancipated.

Mexican Rhapsody clearly depicts about the importance of having good friends in one’s life and is a champion of friendship. And to cap it off, this book shows that if one believes in himself ultimately and never gives up, someday miracles will indeed occur.

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Mexican Rhapsody : Having a Second Chane is a story of a man who determines not to fritter his life away with doing what he detests anymore and determines to enjoy his life with doing what he is passionate about every single day so that he can be true himself all the time. His Mexican friends give him a second chance, and he grabs it with his both hands firmly and starts living each day as if it were the first day and last day of his life.

Shogo wrote this book artfully with flowing prose and profound personal insights, this uplifting novel delves into the rich life and culture of Mexico, following author Shogo Onoe’s remarkable story as he casts aside his old life for the vibrant cities and landscapes of Central America. Shogo have also written a book for finding true meaning of life, Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of Life.

Mexican Rhapsody - Having a Second Chance

Mexican Rhapsody Reviews

D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance is at once a travelogue and a biography, and deserves a place on either shelf as it follows Shogo Onoe’s move from native Japan to Mexico.

Faith, growth, and spiritual revelations flow in this story as Onoe reveals what he loves about Mexico, what he hates about his country of origin, and the revelations that marked his journey between them.

Its autobiographical novel approach injects drama into the adventure, which incorporates cross-cultural observations in a manner few travelogues, memoirs, or novels can match: “You know, we’re very open. We don’t care where you hail from, for we know in our hearts that we’re all brothers. We welcome everyone who wants to enjoy what our fatherland can offer. But alas, goddamn Japanese have discriminated against us in the right our faces. I still don’t fathom and will never be okay with such a godawful assailment!”

From the evolving realization that Onoe has always loved writing, feeling that it is his passion, to his foray into being a prankster, his obsession with self-improvement, and his ribald enjoyment of life, Mexican Rhapsody‘s adventures translate to a thirst for not just the written world, but new experiences and growth.

This, in turn, provides readers with a hearty blend of entertainment and revelation as philosophy, adventure, travel, cross-cultural experiences, and religious beliefs dovetail and evolve into the odyssey of the author’s lifetime.

Mexican Rhapsody turns the traditional travelogue on end as it incorporates all these facets into a lively survey of relationships and experiences.

While some would be surprised at its description as a ‘novel’ despite its reality-driven basis, this serves to reflect Onoe’s ability to represent the drama and changes inherent in everyday experiences and interconnected lives.

The result takes pieces of different genres to incorporate their strongest qualities into a story of discovery, change, and faith.

It’s a winning biographical novel of exploration and enlightenment that lingers in the mind long after reading, and deserves a place in libraries strong in cross-cultural and faith-based revelations alike.

Aimee Ann Reviewer:

Mexican Rhapsody is another incredible book by author Shogo Onoe who once again shares his story in a novelized way that takes you on a journey from Japan to Mexico. In Onoe’s first book, Liberation, he shares his personal journey and how his life was transformed. In Mexican Rhapsody, he expands on his story even more and you’re able to relate to him even more and learn from his many experiences. The result is a unique book that combines an autobiographical novel, with memoir and travelogue themes that are all perfectly woven into one excellent book that shouldn’t be missed.

I love reading books of a travel/discovering yourself nature and so Mexican Rhapsody is the perfect read for me and for readers who also enjoy books of this kind. Mexican Rhapsody is definitely one of my favorite books in this genre thanks to the honesty and amazing depiction of Shogo Onoe’s journey across the world. Not only is it inspiring, but transformative and makes you think differently about your own life, and gives you the push you may need to pursue your dreams and break away from a life you aren’t happy with. That is why I am so enchanted by Mexican Rhapsody and Onoe’s excellent literature which was a pleasure to read.

Mexican Rhapsody will introduce the reader to Shogo Onoe, our author and the focus of the story throughout Mexican Rhapsody. Onoe will take readers on an incredible journey from his life in Japan to his new life in Mexico where he lives his life to the fullest. The reader will follow Onoe on his journey as you’ll discover how his friends in Mexico helped him to live the life he has always wanted, one that is free and full of life in which he does not feel restricted by society. Onoe shares how he accomplished all of this and more and it makes for a beautiful and memorable tale that you won’t be able to forget.

Not only is Mexican Rhapsody an incredible book thanks to the author’s honesty and how he openly shares his life with us, but his wonderful descriptive literature. It takes you to Mexico and immerses you in the rich culture which fills you with happiness and desire. It makes you feel as if you are right there alongside Shogo Onoe, experiencing the journey he is on and it makes for an inspiring tale packed full of wisdom. Literature is an art form and stories such as Onoe’s are meant to be shared and read by readers because they have a real ability to change and enrich your life, and that is most certainly the case with Mexican Rhapsody!

While reading Mexican Rhapsody, I found myself turning the pages at an alarming rate because it was captivating as well as engrossing. Despite this book being of an autobiographical nature, it reads like a novel and so you will feel captivated from beginning to end. I was engrossed in the story and wanted to absorb every moment and detail and this is all thanks to Shogo Onoe’s incredible literature.

As Mexican Rhapsody is a remarkable, memorable, and compelling piece of literature I am going to award this book five stars! If you are a reader who adores travel-related/inspiring tales about finding yourself, then do read this book as the story between its pages will entertain you for many days and nights.


Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance is about friendship, second chance, redemption, dream, liberation, and hope. Shogo has wasted his precious time on this green earth by taking a job which he detests for years until his Mexican friends rescue him from his miserable circumstances. Once he has started doing what he wants to do from the deepest heart in Mexico: writing a book, his life has changed magically, and he really starts enjoying his life every single day with his Mexican friends.

Definitely yes. This book constantly talks about how important for you to believe in yourself and become true yourself all the time. This book depicts the process of becoming who you are meant to be and motivates you to shine your uniqueness and walk on your private destiny relentlessly.

Not exactly. They are autobiographical novels. They are literary fiction, more precisely. Or I should say that they are human documents. These books are about life and friendship

Yes. They are duology.

Liberation – Shogo lives in Japan and work 5 days a week with a job he dislikes. When he is about to be suffocated by loneliness and Japanese unfriendly atmosphere, his Mexican friends ask him for coming to Mexico to live in their houses for a while to write a book, which changes his life forever.

Mexican Rhapsody – Shogo has finally started what he always dreamt of: writing a book. He regrets how many years he has frittered his time away for nothing. He determines that he never fritters his precious time away: he begins enjoying his life to the fullest and living each day as if it were his last day on this delightful earth.