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Mexico by James A. Michener
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Aug 11, 2011

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bookshelves: historicalfiction, mexico_history
Read from July 30 to August 10, 2011

3.5 stars.

As I've heard most Michener books are, this was good historical fiction. Mexico details a weekend bullfight festival, as well as the roots of the (fictional) town of Toledo, Mexico, with its Spanish priest "discoverers" and the Altomec Indians who were already there.

One theme that runs through the book is the dichotomy set up in the title of the narrator's father's book, The Pyramid and the Cathedral. Many times Michener goes to the idea of pyramid vs. cathedral, Indians vs. Spain, "pagan" vs. Catholic, Juan Gomez (one bullfighter) vs. Victoriano Leal (Gomez's competition). It's very beautifully done.

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