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Re: [bookclub-592] New Meetup: November Social Meetup

From: sylvia s.
Sent on: Sunday, November 8, 2009 3:07 PM
I'm new to the group havnt actually met up yet and joined too late to start november book but i thought i might make a suggestion for december. I've been reading about south american history and have been amazed by what a great civilisation it was and how themes through history seem to reccur. One of my frinds suggested i read Aztec by Gary Jennings and having read the synopsis and reviews sounds quite good. Its 768 pages, i'm not sure how long the books you read normally are.
It tells the tale of a young boy brought up in a middle class family only a few years before Cortez invades, the tragic destruction of his family through the social climbing schemings of his mother, his own turbulant personal life and his climb to extream wealth. His life is is forever changed by the berayal of his best friends, he stands helpless as he witnesses the death of all he people loves, the brutal and measured revenge he exacts and how he was unwittingly intrinsic in the fall of the empire he served. This story looks at the rise and fall of one of the most advanced cultures in the world at that time, the millions that made it's society, it's mythology and laws and warriors and how it was all brought to it's knees by a handful of reluctant conquistadores and the untimely introduction of smallpox.
"A first-class storyteller....Mr. Jennings has achieved true distinction." --Atlantic Monthly

"Anyone who reads, anyone who still lusts for adventure or that book you can't put down, will glory in the Aztec." --The Los Angeles Times

"Aztec is so vivid that this reviewer had the novel experience of dreaming of the Aztec world, in Technicolor, for several nights in a row." --The Chicago Sun-Times

"The scope of the book includes the gallantry and barbarism, sex and nobility, intelligence and folly, of historical fiction.....[The reader] is amply entertained and caught up in fascinating history." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Remarkable...It conveys with ferocious yet often lyrical force the texture of life in a civilization at once intensely sophisticated and, by our standards, uterly barbaric....A splendidly colorful, wholly convincing re-creation of a vanished culture." --Cosmopolitan
-- Review


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