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by James A. Michener

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Pulitzer Prize-winnning author James A. Michener has taken us from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world. Now he gives us a masterful novel of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any on earth.

Here is the story of an American journalist who travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors but who is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors-from the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern-day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution.

Architectural splendors, frenzied bullfights, horrific human sacrafice: James Michener weaves them all into an epic human story that ranks with the best of his beloved, bestselling novels.

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My Comments

It's difficult to say anything bad about a Michener novel, because they are all good, but this was one of my least favorites. Yes, there was some good history in this book - I feel like I got a pretty good picture of the Mexican heritage - but the story revolved around bull fighting, and that just didn't appeal to me much. Perhaps it will be more to your liking.

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