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ISBN: 0812521463 / ISBN-13: 9780812521467

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    by Gary Jennings

    Aztec

    Mass-market paperback, Forge
    1997
    English
    1,038 pages

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    ISBN-13: 9780812521467

    First published in 1980, "Aztec" reached No.1 position on the "New York Times" bestseller list. "Aztec" - The extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America, at the very height of its magnificence, was told by a novelist working at the very height of his powers. It is a story told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters of recent fiction. His name is Mixtli - Dark Cloud. Born the son of a provincial quarrier, Mixtli rises far above his station. He becomes, first, a ... Show more

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Reviews of Aztec

Overall customer rating: 4.250
Nancy  E

Odly but goody

by Nancy E on Jul 22, 2010

The thing about good historical novels is that good ones don't become dated. There may be some points archaeological work has shed more light on, but the non-expert isn't bothered by them. Missed this when it first came out.

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lots of sex and sacrificing going on

by readersreader on May 8, 2008

The Emperor of Spain, Don Carlos, wants to know what his subjects, the Aztexs in New Spain, are like. He communicates throughout the book with his chaplain, bishop of the See in New Spain, regarding especially, one specific aztec, a man called Mixtil-Dark Cloud. When we first meet Mixtil he is a scribe, but with each chapter he rises in esteem, wealth and knowledge. Mixtil becomes a warrior (by accident) and then a traveling merchant. As a traveling merchant we see much of Mexico of the 1500's through his eyes. I love the way the story is told from the viewpoint of an Aztec, and how you were made to see how overbearing and cruel the catholic priests were to the natives. I felt the author overdid the various plots towards sex, and I was abhorred with the telling of acts of sacrifice, especially of his daughter, but other than that , it was a great adventure for me.

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Huitzilopochtli

Great Book

by Huitzilopochtli on May 3, 2007

Jennings painstakingly researched historical facts for this book. If you are acquainted with Mexica history, you'll be marveled at the way he weaves the story with history. If you don't know anything about Mesoamerica, you will nevertheless enjoy the story telling and the characters all the way to the last page.

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jedimaster

it's okay

by jedimaster on Apr 3, 2007

Mr. Jennings is a little too into incest and sexual encounters for my taste. The book is a NOVEL so most of the stuff has to be read under that light. If you do not know about Aztec history then this would not be a good introductory for it because you do not know what is true and what is fictional.

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