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The Weans (1960)

by Robert Nathan

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Enjoyed this tongue in cheek look at the US from the perspective of Kenyan archeologists excavating a lost civilization in the very far distant future. This would be a useful social studies book - a view from outside. Preconceptions, etc. ( )
  2wonderY | Jan 5, 2012 |
After more than 40 years, this remains a delightful parody. Kenyan archaeologists try to make sense of artifacts left by a unknown people (the "We'ans," inhabitants of "Us") in sites such as M'lwawki, Bosstin, Cha'ago, and n.Yok. ( )
  kewing | May 11, 2009 |
Great fun! ( )
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To CLARA GRUNTAL,

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Those of you who have followed the work of our archaeologists along the east and west coasts of the Great West, or Salt, Continent, and in the interior deserts, know that the Kenya and Uganda expeditions have recently discovered traces of a lost people of prehistory among the mounds and tumuli of that unexplored waste.
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Nothing has so completely stirred the imagination of the entire civilized world as the recent discovery of a civilization, lost for more than 5,000 years, of the Weans of the Great West, or Salt. Continent.  Now for the first time this fascinating story fo the expeditions of Kenya's greatest scientists is told--in terms comprehensible to the general reader.

Who were these Weans, whose eastern coast was guarded by a ferocious giantess, who worshipped (among others) a root deity and danced when the spirit came down, and whose final destruction and disappearance is shrouded in mystery?

You will thrill--as who has not?-- to the descriptions of the rich finds in the diggings at n. Yok, Bosstin, and Oleens, and the spectacular studies in the Valley of the Sun by the team of Sri. B'Han Bollek, Bes Nef, and his wife Sra. Bess Nebby, and Nat Obelgerst-Levy, here related by Robert Nathan, who was himself a member of one of the three triumphant expeditions generously underwritten by the Konegi Foundation and the archaeological departments of the universities of Kenya, Uganda, and Ruwenzori.

For forty years Robert Nation has been, in the words of one of his critics, 'a troubadour among blowers of talking trombones."  One of America's finest stylists, the author of One More Spring, Portrait of Jennie, and The Bishops's Wife is a master of both gentle fantasy and trenchant satire.  And nowhere is his incisive wit more discernible that in this brilliant analysis of the follies and foibles of the twentieth-century civilization of the Weans.  Mr. Nathan proves, in his perceptive, penetrating, and uproariously funny report of a people not unlike ourselves, that the spirit of Voltaire is still among us.  [from the jacket]
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Nothing has so completely stirred the imagination of the entire civilized world as the recent discovery of a civilization, lost for more than 5,000 years, of the Weans of the Great West, or Salt, Continent. Now for the first time this fascinating story of the expeditions of Kenya's greatest scientists is told-in terms comprehensible to the general reader.Who were these Weans, whose eastern coast was guarded by a ferocious giantess, who worshipped (among others) a root deity and danced when the spirit came down, and whose final destruction and disappearance is shrouded in mystery?You will thrill-as who has not?-to the descriptions of the rich finds in the diggings at n. Yok, Bosstin, and Oleens, and the spectacular discoveries in the Valley of the Sun by the team of Sri. B'Han Bollek, Bes Nef and his wife, Sra. Bess Nebby, and Nat Obelgerst-Levy, here related by Robert Nathan, who was himself a member of one of the three triumphant expeditions generously underwritten by the Konegi Foundation and the archaeological departments of the universities of Kenya, Uganda, and Ruwenzori."This will be the big archaeological book of the century"-Nat Obelgerst-Levy, Archaeol. D., Ruwenzori University… (more)

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