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Xtabentum by Rosy Hugener
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Recommended for: Those interested in Mayas and Yucatan

Lyrical story of family secrets and generational intrigues of a upper class family from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Prophetic glimpses of the unfolding events are given through Mayan legends. The story moves between two time periods, the mid-1980s and circa 1915. During this period of change and turmoil in Mexico, a friendship between the rich family's daughter and her Mayan servant takes shape among forays into political struggles involving the Maya people's champion, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and his American reporter girlfriend. Having lived in Merida several years, I especially enjoyed descriptions of the city and its elegant culture deriving from the wealth of the henequen haciendas around the turn of the 20th century. A family drama develops fraught with misunderstandings and hidden motives, involving a well-kept secret that could re-shape the lives of descendants. Not a fast-moving plot and some developments seem a bit implausible, but overall a satisfying read.
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February 10, 2015 – Started Reading
February 26, 2015 – Finished Reading
March 14, 2015 – Shelved

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