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In 16th-century Peru, Atahuallpa, the sun-god king, meets Pizarro the conquistador, representative of the Spanish Empire at its insatiable. While the Inca King is convinced of his own immortality, the Spaniard is cynical and greedy, leading to a collision of power and authority. Soon both men are locked in a struggle for survival.
Paperback, 98 pages
Published January 25th 2007 by Penguin Group(CA) (first published 1964)
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Stuart Aken
This play was first performed at the National Theatre in Chichester on 7th June 1964, when I was a young man of 16. I've never seen a performance, but I wish I had. Bernard Levin described the work as 'The greatest play of our generation', and I can see why, having merely read the text.

This is a piece of fictionalised history with much taken from recorded sources. It reads as true. It reads as a commentary on the utter hypocrisy of the early Catholic Church, the greed of those who would make Emp...more
This play, written in the early 60's, deals with the Spanish conquest of the Incas. Pizarro, De Soto and their army of soldiers and priests travel to Peru in search of gold. They find a culture that has no hunger or sin and plenty of gold. The people are ruled by Atahuallpa, the son of the sun. He is held prisoner by the Spaniards until his people bring all the gold they possess to Pizarro, but over the months Pizarro and the king develop a friendship that threatens the Spanish army.
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I read this in the 7th grade,and it was pressed opon us by our teachers.I didn't have a choice reading it,but I didn't mind.It was a playbook,describing when men from Spain went to take gold from the Inca's.While the vocabulary is hard to break through,the action is plentifull enough to keep you hooked.It's like a fun history lesson that is performed.
Janet Mitchell
I read this play because my husband was in it on broadway with Christopher Plummer. The play addressed the morality of war and taking over small countries. Also greed and deception but mostly I wanted to know more about my husband's experience on Broadway.
It is actually a play but reads really well as a story. Intersting take on a familiar story (Pizarro, The Inca's etc) - how the Spanish conquistador's found it difficult to comprehend a society that seemed to have no rich or poor in material terms.
I first came accross this as a school text book, and I was captivated, it revealed another world. Read it again recently and although it didn't hold the same fascination I could still see that it is a remarkable book.
Perhaps not the wisest choice for an all-school summer reading. It was not really a hit with students (but what is?), however at least it was somewhat interesting for the teachers.
Read many many years ago at school and enjoyed.
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