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Mexico by James A. Michener

Mexico (original 1992; edition 1994)

by James A. Michener

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Authors:James A. Michener
Info:Fawcett (1994), Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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Mexico by James A. Michener (1992)



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OK but wouldn't recommend. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
Mexico, A Novel gives a cultural anthropological imagined account of the type of cultures that sprang up in the areas that provided enough resources for the people to create a viable social organization around flat topped pyramid structures that were centuries ago constructed using large blocks of stone and stacked to create a huge altar for a display of the sacrifices of live humans by the local priestly class, with the platform at the top resembling the plaza area frequently constructed by modern builders as the surrounds of large city buildings, but placed atop the strikingly large artificially constructed hilltop.

Michener introduces the reader to the City of Toledo first and foremost by having the narrator, Norman Clay, travel to the city on a journalistic assignment, and then relate how he became so fluent in Spanish and significantly knowledgeable about its traditions and history himself. As it turns out, the narrator provides a brief account of the statue of his father John Clay - engineer and miner who later in life wrote a historical account of how he compared the Indians and the Spanish within the city and what he did to make improvements to the city. Norman's grandfather, Jubal, fought in the Civil War in the United States and the long period of instability in the Mexican Government leadership brought Clay into a milieu of business operators and investors that helped to bring prosperity and stability to the surrounds of Toledo, except during the many rebellious attacks within the city environs. The narrator uses the sculptures of the plaza as a conceit for introducing the early, settled Ixmiq Indian culture, and the invading Spanish European settler culture. Norman Clay then brings forth many examples of the heights these cultures were able to achieve under their own lights, and then how these cultures could move forward and improve living conditions for the denizens of Toledo in Mexico.

Most of the other reviewers give great reviews of the account of the Mexican Festival Bullfights in Toledo, and the emotional performances of the matadors who enthrall the Bullfight enthusiasts who go to the bullring to witness the dangerous sport. The Bullfight becomes a counterpoint to the many challenges that the whole drama of life within a risky environment entails. The conflict in the Bullring is more open, and the societal challenges are more hidden, but just as telling to the people caught up in the immediate politics and the dangerous Revolutionaries that create violent destruction and rapid change in the beautiful country of Mexico. ( )
  darcette | Dec 10, 2015 |
Michener's genre of sweeping historical novels has long been a favorite collection for me given the intertwinings of history with sometimes a good story. Enjoyed this but not as much as some of his other efforts, perhaps because he didn't spend as much time as I would have liked on other periods of history than those he examined here. Might have been better if he'd focused on the bullfighting stories but that might have been too much like Hemingway - and a focus on the other stories of Mexico might have been too much like a history text book ( )
  RobertMosher | Apr 11, 2015 |
This is about generations of the Clay/Palafox family extending back to the Altomec indians and beyond.

The nucleus of the story revolves around bullfighting, and I learned more about bullfighting than I ever wanted to know, but the descriptiveness of the author drew me in, and I was captivated by the history; especially the ancient history. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Jul 10, 2013 |
$1 today at a Lifeline store.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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I had been sent to Mexico to cover a murder, one of a remarkable kind.
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"Astounding...Fast-moving, Intriguing...James Michener is back in huge, familiar form with MEXICO."
Here is the story of an American journalist who travels to Mexico to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, but who is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors. From the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern-day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution, James Michener weaves it all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved, bestselling novels.

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Norman Claysan, an American, arrives in Mexico to report on two matadors and to learn more about his family's past.

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