Friday, November 22, 2013
Time Well Spent Among the Maya
Time Among the Maya by Ronald Wright is a travel narrative that enlightens the reader on those obscure centuries that took the Maya from a dominant to an endangered culture. It's an easy read. Nevertheless, you will learn stuff. (Did you know that some 19th-century Maya were an independent state allied with the British against Mexico? No, you didn't. Stop fibbing or I'll tell your mother [next time she and I are having one of our tender moments]). Even so, Ronald could only have gotten me as jazzed about the Maya calendar as he is by including a foldout of Maya calendar girls.
Time Among the Maya is a valuable read for aficionados of the Americas. Still, if you'd rather traverse the Maya region in a book that's funnier, sexier, and more up-to-date (there's the wind-up, baseball fans, and here's the pitch), check out my new work Fresh Wind & Strange Fire: One Man's Adventures in Primal Mexico. If you're not completely satisfied, I promise to either refund your money or make sure that your sister is. (Legal disclaimer: refund may be issued in dollars, pesos, or bananas and satisfaction guarantee does not apply to sisters who used to be brothers.) Not every author can make you an offer like this. Some have a little class.