A Michener novel, started in 1961 and rediscovered and finished 30 years later, which traces 1500 years of Mexican history. An American journalist, in Mexico to cover a duel between two celebrated matadors and to learn more about his family's roots, uncovers the story of his Mexican ancestors.A Michener novel, started in 1961 and rediscovered and finished 30 years later, which traces 1500 years of Mexican history. An American journalist, in Mexico to cover a duel between two celebrated matadors and to learn more about his family's roots, uncovers the story of his Mexican ancestors.Read Less
Good. No dust jacket as issued. Ex-library. Good general condition. Pages clean and unmarked. Extensive cover wear. Library tags on back and spine. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 672 p. Audience: General/trade. Here is the story of an American journalist who travels 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.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-09-21 Schematic plotting, tortilla-thin characterizations and lengthy digressions on bullfighting mar this lumbering multigenerational saga about Mexico's resilient spirit, which Michener began in 1961 and returned to 30 years later. Norman Clay, earnest American journalist born and raised in Mexico, is sent to his native city in 1961 to cover a potentially deadly showdown between two famous matadors who represent ``the two faces of Mexico, the Spaniard versus the Indian.'' This bullfight festival, the book's centerpiece, is interwoven with more interesting historical interludes in which Clay grapples with his own mixed heritage. His diverse ancestors include a 16th-century Mexican Indian queen who leads a women's revolt against human sacrifice, a Spanish scholar burned at the stake during the Inquisition, a Franciscan soldier-priest who accompanies Hernan Cortes to Mexico, a Virginia plantation proprietor who loses his wife and sons in the Civil War, and Clay's father, a silver-mine owner who participates in the Mexican Revolution. The colorful novel cuts a wide swath through history but doesn't catch fire as a personal story. BOMC main selection. (Dec.)
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