Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any other on Earth. When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry - from the brilliance and brutality of the ancients to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards to modern Mexico, fighting through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution. Architectural splendors, frenzied bullfights, horrific human sacrifice: Michener weaves them all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved best-selling novels.
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"Michener the storyteller at his finest.... There are splendid and authentic scenes in the plaza de toros that are as dramatic as any written by Ernest Hemingway or Barnaby Conrad." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Astounding...fast-moving, intriguing.... Michener is back in huge, familiar form with Mexico." (Los Angeles Daily News)
"An enthralling story.... Michener artfully combines the history of Mexico with the art of bullfighting, teaching the reader about both and telling a grand story at the same time." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Absolutely because it brings a knowledge of the history (struggles, successes and people) to a nation which is hardly known to most of us, even in border states.
The book is chock-full of "moments" so I would have to say the details about bullfighting and how it is created brought some understanding to me of how anyone could find pleasure in watching an animal tortured and killed before a huge audience. Educational.
His voice intonation brought a needed variety to the many characters. If he were not so adept, the book could have been muddled and confusing.
Too many to describe.
Books by Michener are a real time-machine that carries us to places we could never go with today's technology. The color and spirit of his writing bring to life things and places that most of our imaginations could not. I am well into my next Michener book from Audible and am enjoying the journey very much.
Devora de la Mer
This fit the bill very well. Reader is excellent. Great historical facts presented in a vivid narrative. Characters are a bit trite but fitting fit the time period.
a great book concerning the Indians and miners Mexico . I particularly loved the bullfighting connection and the development of the Bulls
I will admit it was difficult to get into at first and I got a little confused when the author jumped around in history and characters. However, after a few rewinds, since my confusion was likely more because of my lack of focus, I loved it. Great tale of a family and their history by a family member reflecting his past, sent home by his employers. Loved the choice of interacting characters from different backgrounds who converge over the weekend within the story's present time. Really enjoyed it.
Enjoyed the history.
Bullfighting and Story of the Shiny Fish Bird- Amazing the lengths people go to find direction.
If you can get through the novel, you'll learn more about bull fighting in Mexico than about Mexican history.
Michener is not for the faint-hearted, even lovers of historical fiction may find him daunting. He sets the stage in the first few chapters and if you can go the distance you are rewarded with an intriguing weaving of characters through generations that bring history alive. I read each of these beastly long books in my twenties. Thanks to audible I am revisiting them in my fifties. What a blessing...
Smartly engineered story to showcase the 3 influences of Mexico, in the most romantic, and passionate ways. It does give many insights from unexpected angles.
Everything you ever wanted to know about bull fighting (and some things you did not. . . . )
Would have been better if there weren't so many repeated recorded segments. Edit defects?
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