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- File Size: 3650 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Madeira Press (29 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JW4R6S
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Lydia flies to the states to meat her niece and to work on a project that encompasses technology with Mayan influence. She meets the curator of the museum as well as Claude, the technological guru. But things aren't always as they seem. Lydia believes in the Mayan gods and has studied them for years . She carries her zaztun with her and when she goes into the simulation, she actually goes to the Mayan city.
Her niece dies while traversing that path, but Lydia manages to go and return. But can she stay away? She is driven to return as there us unfinished business. Will she save her friend from death as he accompanied her on one trip?? Julio asked her to marry him and he shows up where she is at, but can he prevent the catastrophic issue that is about to befall her?? Not sure.....you must read on my friends.
The authors are wise enough to slip in welcome allusions to other books, real and fictive. One, Milpa Spirits, written by the protagonist and quoted extensive in Mayan Interface, is a book about Mayan spiritual beliefs (and, even if it doesn’t exist, it’s a book I’d like to read). The authors also sneak in an extensive and amusing dialogue regarding one of the greatest books about cultural evolution, Julian Jaynes’s must-read The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, a title that captures the great humor and equally great complexity of its author.
Mayan Interface also reminds of us of parallels between what happened to the Mayans and what is happening to us. We (us, now) need to consider what made these great Mesoamerican cultures so vulnerable, so breakable. (Surely it wasn’t just conquistadors or measles, because we aren’t worried about these anymore, right?) I wonder how many of us agree that our current mode of life is turning out to be as unsustainable as the inexplicable blood rituals of the Aztecs. (Wait a minute! I do know Mayans and Aztecs aren’t the same, but when all that is left of a great culture is an array of beautiful enigmatic artifacts, we need to think about that, and think hard.)
Reading the novel at some point I even almost regretted that it will end sooner or later - knowing no novel like this one by the authors is available at this time.