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The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
von Miguel Leon-Portilla
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential Reading when Studying the Conquest, 25. Juli 2000
This is an excellent primary source of information written fron the Aztecs viewpoint. Bernal Diaz's book is an excellent companion study to compare the different perspectives of both primary parties involved. The illustrations and the narrative are very elementary, an easy read with simple drawings to compliment the text. The viewpoint, which is the Aztecs is interesting and different from what you might suppose. If you are intersted in Pre-Columbian culture in Mexico this is a fundamental book covering the Conquest of Mexico. For a balanced view read this along with Bernal Diaz's book to get a complete picture from participants of that fateful time in history when the Old World collided with the New World to create a new culture. A must have book for anyone into Mexico and it's roots.


Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed (Left Behind (Hardcover))
Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed (Left Behind (Hardcover))
von Tim LaHaye
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Preis: EUR 20,60

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Fiction?, 21. Juli 2000
This book continues the saga and by now the characters have become very soap opera-ish. If you've read the previous books in the series, part of the draw is to find out what has happened to those left behind. You won't be dissappointed either as their are more twists and turns to this preachy soap. The intrigue is there but something is lacking or maybe it is that the formula has been streched too thin and this information could have been condensed into less than five books. The suspense will still keep your attention but it won't keep you riveted like before. The messaage permeates the book and you cannot escape the inevitable question concerning your own personal salvation. An easy read that entertains the mind and soul, for believers mostly but fun reading for those who still walk the tightrope.


Crafting Devotions: Tradition in Contemporary New Mexico Santos
Crafting Devotions: Tradition in Contemporary New Mexico Santos
von Laurie Beth Kalb
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Divine Inspiration, 12. Juli 2000
If you are interested in wood carving and the tradition of the wood carvers in New Mexico this is a must have book. The secular and non-secular images displayed are excellent and inspiring works of art. The book is easy to read and entertains in a quasi-sholarly way. The glimpses into the various artists featured are interesting as they share insights into the way of life of these Santeros. The various profiled artists are unique, diverse, deceased or living and extremely talented. The section on Patrocino Barela and his family is fascinating and worth the cost of the book alone as it features some of his works which are extremely rare. This is a book that you will enjoy reading but more than that you will love looking at the works of art. Add this book to your art or religious section of your personal library. Be warned, you may not shelve the book as you will want to look at it over and over.


Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind)
Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind)
von Tim LeHaye
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Good fiction?, 12. Juli 2000
If you are going to read #4 in the series any review you read will be of little benefit as by now you are hooked in and will read it anyway. If you're new to the series this is by far one of the more exciting books, in a fantasy sort of way. Afterall good fiction should entertain and you shouldn't question the credibility of a good story if you're into it. There is lots of international intrigue that would make a good action type thriller. Of course a good script that would embellish the efforts of LaHaye and Jenkins would make it all the better. My main problem with the series is that it is is written at a juvenile level. Maybe the intent was to reach as many readers as possible or maybe there are just that many poor readers but I do wish the content was a little more geared beyond the 8th grade. The message as you know deals with the authors interpretation of the Bible but the preaching is minimal in this one as the action takes over much of the plot. A pretty easy read for believers and non-believers alike.


Moctezuma's Mexico: Visions of the Aztec World
Moctezuma's Mexico: Visions of the Aztec World
von David Carrasco
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb Illustrations of Aztec Life, 6. Juli 2000
This is a splendid book detailing life in Mexico before the conquest by the Spaniards. Beginning with the inside covers the book is rich in pictoral description. The endpapers are beautiful color reproductions of Diego Rivera's "The Great City of Tenochtitlan", a lavish tribute mural of Aztec life that adorns the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. The color is magnificent throughout the book and includes many artifacts left from the ancient Aztecs. The book also includes a great little glossary that includes a pronunciation guide to Nahuatl terms. The glossary serves as a fine introduction to the Nahuatl Language and it's phonetics. Although the authors and contributors are scholars, the book is easy to read for the average person interested in archaeology and Pre-Columbian life in Mexico. The color plates are some of the finest and include rare glimpses into Codex's that are housed in museums. A magnificent book to use as reference. The book is also a great source of information for further research as it includes a selected bibliography. An excellent view of Aztec life, it compliments any personal library. If you love the Art of Pre-Columbian Mexico this book is also a source of inspiration.


Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (Left Behind)
Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist (Left Behind)
von Jerr Lahaye Tim Jenk
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The Evil One Takes Over, 28. Juni 2000
I've read all but "The Indwelling", which I'll read this summer, so I've decided to review the series. If you're a voracious reader you could finish this book in a day, no matter your reading level it is an easy read. You're likely to read it quickly because you'll want to find out what is going to happen next in this apocalyptic vision of Earth's future. This book is one of the best in the series. The action and suspense are spellbinding, so it is very entertaining. The "message" and true intent of the authors is throughout the book, you either believe it or not. The book is entertainment, not a bible study course on the Book of Revelations, so take it for what it is and enjoy the ride. The "evil one" is portrayed magnificently, totally believeable and credible. The world is his oyster and the way he manages to rise to power is slightly predictable but interesting nonetheless. The "heroes" are by now starting to become more dimensional as characters and the reader will be able to identify with them as real people. Whether you agree or disagree with the premise of this book, an interpretation of the Book of Revelations, the book is still a very good piece of fiction that in fact may be based on truth? Better than # 2 and right up there with the original # 1. No matter you're opinion, you will be left thinking about how you live your life and hopefully be a better person for it.


The Codex Nuttall: A Picture Manuscript from Ancient Mexico (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
The Codex Nuttall: A Picture Manuscript from Ancient Mexico (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
von Zelia Nuttall
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Book of Kings, 26. Juni 2000
This is an interesting reproduction of the original document that is now kept in the British Museum. Essentially it is a historical geneological representation of the Mixtec kings lineage from 838 A.D. to 1330 A.D. Most of the information centers around the great military and political hero 8-Deer Tiger Claw. The Codex Nuttall is very difficult to understand and very little explanation of each plate is given. On the flip side, the pictures if studied carefully, are quite revealing and graphic in nature. As Meso-American art it is a wonderful depiction of Mixtex kings and their lives. The colors are true to the originals and rich with hues of red, brown and green mostly. This is a good book for anyone intersted in Meso-American art, either to reproduce or inspire to create something new borrowed from something old. As an archeological artifact it is a superb collection of drawings that inform as well as visually entertain. If you're into Pre-Columbian life in Mexico or want to learn more about the ancient civilizations that existed, this is a book for your collection.


Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind
Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind
von Tim LaHaye
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Not As Good As #1, 26. Juni 2000
A bit of a let down from the original Left Behind, this book is good but not excellent. The suspense from the first continues but the plot line is more predictable. The characters who were introduced are here again but are pretty one dimensional and therefore not as intriguing. Don't get me wrong, the characters are interesting and you do get drawn to them, it's just that they are not complicated enough, like in real life. The plot thickens with the unveiling of the "evil one". The book serves three purposes very well. It makes you think, first and foremost. Second, it makes you think about you know who and his adversary and all they both represent. Third, it entertains with a fictional story that purports to reveal the truth. The authors do a good job on all fronts. You will be preached to in a manner of speaking but not hit over the head with a sledge hammer. The book will have you thinking and you may just come out a better person for it.


Currents from the Dancing River: Contemporary Latino Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Currents from the Dancing River: Contemporary Latino Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
von Ray Gonzalez
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Diverse Latino Experience, 16. Juni 2000
This is a grand collection of writings by some of the best writers, who happen to be latino, in the United States today.These are the tales of an emerging group of people whose experiences are as diverse as the ethnic groups they come from. There are Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Mexicanos, all different , all Americans with a common thread, their Spanish heritage and a new found country. The collection of essays, fiction, non-fiction, excerts from novels and poetry are splendid echoes from the souls of Americans. The cultural differences aside, the homogenous nature of these offerings are in their portrayl of people who want to be recognized for what they are, Americans, who just happen to have different experiences from those in the dominant culture. These experiences give validity to the lives of many who may feel disenfranchised just because they are different. The words are so powerful, so funny, so sad, so real. This book is a favorite of mine to share with students. I read from this book yearly at a read in for middle school children and always get the class thinking, maybe reflective, but always roaring with laughter in the end. The students invariably ask me where I found the book and where could they get a copy. Mine is worn out, like an old glove that fits perfectly after years of use, it is still serviceable, full of dog eared pages but I continue to break it out yearly for the students benefit. What is nice about this book is that it can be read in sections, as the format of short stories lends itself to frequent endings. This is a great collection of writings that will not disapoint, in fact it will inspire you and make you greatful for what you have and who you are. If you are interested in the experiences of your latino friends and how they came to be who they are this book will provide insights. Written by Americans, for all people to understand why we are all different but still Americans.


Frida, a Biography of Frida Kahlo
Frida, a Biography of Frida Kahlo
von Heyden Herrera
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The One and Only, 16. Juni 2000
This is probably the definitive biography of one of Mexico's greatest gifts to the art world, Frida Kahlo. If you want to know more about this Mexican icon, please read this book. The photographs are abundant and the color reproductions of her works are numerous and spread throughout the book. Full of little known tid bits of information, it is a fascinating read. For example, her name was Frieda, but changes it to Frida as a political protest. The insights into the lives of her, hubby, Diego Rivera, and all their circle of friends is enthralling. The allure of Frida is a now 21st century phenomena that does not seem to be losing steam. I recently went to the Museum of Contemporay Art in La Jolla, Ca. to see an exhibit that featured some of her most famous paintings. It was unbelieveable the amount of goods generated to sell that are Frida related. Her picture was everywhere in the gift shop, always for sale. I only wonder what this wonderful spirit would have thought about how she is venerated and idolized by so many. Back to the book, the writing style is one that flows and allows the reader to follow without much trouble. The reference material is abundant including many interviews, letters and quotes from other books. Scholarly enough for academics but entertaining enough for the casual reader. It will hold your interest and leave you knowing Frida and the pain and joy that was her life. The book is thick, but because of the intriguing nature of her life you will probably finish it quickly. When you approach the the last chapters of this book, you will not want it to end. The inevitable end will come and a temporary void will have been created as her death will leave you saddened. Her ghastly cremation will bring a tear to your eye; it did mine and I'm a guy! As you get over it, you will rejoice in the consolation of knowing that her art lives on. You may even go out and buy a piece of Frida to adorn your home with, like me and so many other fans of Frida have done. Frida has not died, her spirit lives on for eternity. She is always looking at me, with her joined eyebrows and three monkeys. The look of a revolutionary spirit who has left her art and a wonderful biography by Hayden Herrera for all to enjoy.


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