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The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire

by C. M. Mayo

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This is a very strange book. The subject matter is interesting and the characters are colorful. But it is almost unreadable, not because it is "difficult" but because it is "easy". The fairy-tale like style is terribly distracting. You keep thinking, "this must be some sort of pose and the author's going to drop it soon." But she doesn't. It reminds me of one of the most bizarre television performances I've ever seen: Timothy Bottoms in the mini-series of "East of Eden." His amateur-theatrical acting style was so exaggerated as to seem incredible. Incredible that he would have performed this way and incredible that the studio would broadcast it. ( )
  jburlinson | Sep 6, 2011 |
excellent! excellent! ( )
  lulaa | Jan 3, 2011 |
A fascinating plot about a piece of history I had no clue about, but the author does it a disservice to serve it up as fiction. It would have been fascinating written as nonfiction, but gets slogged down in pointless details and long-winded sentences that had me nodding off most evenings. ( )
  mojomomma | Oct 26, 2010 |
Based on true events, the The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is the sotry of an American woman who married into Mexico's famous Iturbide family.

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is much more than a relationship story or an expose, though. The book is an epic, historic, initmate view of mid-19th century Mexico.

Author C.M. Mayo draws you into a page-turning period of political turmoil, scandal, and cultural conflict peppered with colorful characters.

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is not only an intriguing and satifying read, it is a history lesson, a cultural novelty, an indepth study of humanity, and a mesmerizing insight into the struggles of the Mexican nation.

One cannot help but be changed after reading this splendid novel. You will be left with a deeper appreciation and understanding of Mexico's rich history, and the sensation that you have just encountered one of life's great treasures ( )
  BarbWebb | Aug 3, 2010 |
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The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is a sweeping historical novel of Mexico during the short, tragic, at times surreal, reign of Emperor Maximilian and his court. Even as the American Civil War raged north of the border, a clique of Mexican conservative exiles and clergy convinced Louis Napoleon to invade Mexico and install the Archduke of Austria, Maximilian von Habsburg, as Emperor. A year later, the childless Maximilian took custody of the two year old, half-American, Prince Agustín de Iturbide y Green, making the toddler the Heir Presumptive. Maximilian s reluctance to return the child to his distraught parents, even as his empire began to fall, and the Empress Carlota descended into madness, ignited an international scandal. This lush, grand read is based on the true story and illuminates both the cultural roots of Mexico and the political development of the Americas. But it is made all the more captivating by the depth of Mayo s writing and her understanding of the pressures and influences on these all too human players. Her prose makes the reader taste the foods, smell the spices and flowers and feel the heat of Mexico. Mayo writes for the senses. And for the ages. The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire is a story both sweeping and intimate, of geopolitics, the glamour of royalty, and the grit of military command, of the arrogance of power, the dark labyrinths of ambition, and, above all, of a child who was not, in the end, a prince, but a little boy who belonged to his parents.

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Presents a fictionalized account of the reign of the archduke of Austria, Maximilian von Hapsburg, as emperor of Mexico.

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