Rosy Hugener Carl Hugener
- Title: Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan
- Author: Rosy Hugener Carl Hugener
- ISBN: 9781456577155
- Page: 196
- Format: Paperback
According to Mayan legend, the Xtabentum flower that grows wild on the Yucatan peninsula first appeared on the grave of a free spirited young woman who was scorned for her passion by the people of her village, but loved by the gods for her kind heart Xtabentum A Novel of Yucatan is a story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, YuAccording to Mayan legend, the Xtabentum flower that grows wild on the Yucatan peninsula first appeared on the grave of a free spirited young woman who was scorned for her passion by the people of her village, but loved by the gods for her kind heart Xtabentum A Novel of Yucatan is a story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time Amanda Diaz is from the divine caste, a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region Amanda s lifelong friend, Carmen, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants Against the true historical background of rebellion, discrimination and assassination in the unstable country, the whipping of Carmen by a Diaz neighbor exposes the sheltered existence of the two women and drives them apart The story follows Amanda through her horror at the social injustice of the two class Mexico to the sacrifices she makes in the name of friendship Parts of the story take place in modern times, where the discovery of an old birth certificate sets Amanda s granddaughter in search of a secret about her father s birth Her search, told in the first person, is blended with a third person account of the lives of Amanda and her contemporaries in the 1920s.
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I took a chance on this indie Kindle-only book as I was looking for something based around the Yucatan to read while I was traveling there. This definitely fit the bill. Each chapter started with some Mayan cultural tidbit - myth, recipe, song, etc. - and it was centered around Merida, where I stayed. I learned a huge amount that was extremely helpful and interesting on the trip. The plot was also very good and intriguing. The writing could have used a little editing and was slightly stilted at [...]
Xtabentun, A Novel of Yucatan is an enjoyable quick read, if you can ignore grammatical errors (some sentences have to be read twice to catch the meaning). The author Rosy, Hugener, sprinkles in enough Mayan folklore to peak the reader’s interest. Some of the descriptions are creative. The story line is believable and it draws the reader into the book. Mexico’s turbulent history and the struggle of its indigenous peoples are presented in a palatable way. All in all it is a good book.
This is the kind of book that I like. The plot is really good, fast, interesting and easy. I am 1/2 Mexican but from another region so I learned a lot about Yucatan and Merida. The Mayan stories were interesting and it was nice to find the reason why they were use at the beginning of each chapter (Sometimes it was not obvious) . I am hoping for some questions and answers.
How I wish I could have liked this book more. I didn't want to just like this book. I wanted to love this book. The whole premise of the story is of personal interest to me, as my own grandparents would have been small children somewhere in Mérida (or possibly Tizimín) at the time the historic events of the novel took place. Unfortunately, I just was not able to connect with the characters.The story was intriguing enough to keep me reading to the end, but it lacked depth. It's like I was given [...]
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the historical content as well as the mystery that unfolded through the story of a romance. I liked the blending of Mayan folklore and the Mexican setting to make the story richer. I do have a little issue with the lack of editing. Some of the problem may come from the translation, but some of it was just blatant typographical errors. Errors that spell-check wouldn't pick up such as it for at or in for on little things like that which provided stumbling blocks [...]
I think this book is really good, I truly enjoy it. Theres so much feelings in the story involve. I mean in a way I think some people might connect to one part of the story, even though they are not of the same culture. Im sure remember my grandmother and the place where she kept all her dear things, so from that point on I could not stop reading. Its good to mention that all the research and details of the culture are also there, and that just enrich the book even more.For those readers that tr [...]
This book is just a good read. For an american it has a lot of cultural background that makes it really interesting. I been thinking about the plot for a while that is why I changed the the ration form 4 to 5.
Great book, great plot. The grammar errors were for me unnoticeable. (No more than a lot of books that I read) . The author’s voice feels real and authentic.
Fun to be in Mexico and read a novel about the Yucatán where we are. I enjoyed it.
Wonderful love story set in early 20th century Merida, Yucatan.The story begins in 1985 when the narrator of the story returns to her family home in Mexico City from Chicago to see her dying grandmother. Her grandmother had always carried keys to her wardrobe and refused any family member to look inside. Once her grandmother dies, the family open the wardrobe like little children opening Christmas presents. Inside they find an old photograph of the grandmother as a young women with her aunt and [...]
I read this book so you won't have to. You're welcome. Badly written, badly structured, and badly edited. The shame of it is that there's the foundation of a good story here. After her grandmother's death a woman discovers papers indicating a long-held family secret that seems to involve her father's birth. The story jumps back to the past and the grandmother's childhood in Merida in Yucatan. Amanda is the daughter of a wealthy family; her best friend is the servant girl in the household. As the [...]
Disclosure: I won this book from a giveaway contest. The author was even kind enough to sign the copy sent to me which was a nice surprise. I think this would be a great book for a ten to twelve year-old girl; its good Young Adult fiction, maybe just a little too simplistic in its writing for an adult. The idea behind the plot is interesting, as are the Mayan myths and Yucantan cultural elements that start each chapter. These bits of Mexican history and culture, however, are not always woven in [...]
The book is the story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Mérida, Yucatán, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time. Amanda Diaz is from the “divine caste”, a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region. Carmen, Amanda’s lifelong friend, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants. The book bounces between Chicago, [...]
Xtabentum: A Novel Of Yucatan is a story set in a period of history known to few Americans. It is refreshing to read a story from an author who has intimate knowledge of both Mexican and American culture, and Rosy Hugener has woven a fiction that neither vilifies nor lionizes either culture, but rather explores the reality of how both peoples have interacted over most of the twentieth century. With our continued and growing relationship with the peoples of Mexico, stories such as Xtabentum: A No [...]
Lyrical story of family secrets and generational intrigues of a upper class family from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Prophetic glimpses of the unfolding events are given through Mayan legends. The story moves between two time periods, the mid-1980s and circa 1915. During this period of change and turmoil in Mexico, a friendship between the rich family's daughter and her Mayan servant takes shape among forays into political struggles involving the Maya people's champion, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and hi [...]
Enjoyed. A short read. Tells a story about people from different castes in Mexico, but also shows the prejudice in the US and also the differences in classes. I loved the Mayan myths told at the beginning of every chapter; there was even a recipe!
An enjoyable story about the Yucatan to read while relaxing on the shores of the Caribbean. I read it during my trip to Isla Mujeres. While I appreciated the Mayan folklore and Mexican history, it was the details of life on the cobblestone streets of Merida that I most enjoyed.
Great lightweight book to get you into the mood for travel to the Yucatan, I enjoyed the Mayan folklore and political history
Great plot. easy read. I was born in Merida Yucatan and this is the only book that it really makes me feel like home. A Book about the Mexican Revolution (In Yucatan) but from the view of a local woman wit real facts.
I really wanted to like this book. The plot reminded me of a typical telenovela.
Xtabentum is a story of family secrets, set in an interesting time period and place. Alternating between a modern woman researching her family's past and that past playing out in 1920s Yucatan, this book is clearly a labor of love. The authors are passionate about Mexico and its history, and they bring to life a time period and region of which I knew very little. Their efforts are hindered however, by stilted, clunky dialogue and some ambiguities in their writing. Still, it';s a quick read and a [...]
I tried to read this book which I received free from Good Reads, but I found it disjointed, and the poor language usage (lay for lie, site when sight was the proper word,etc.)put me off. Also, I do not read Spanish and there was no translation for it when used. Conversely, I will give the book to someone who teaches in a high school that is largely Hispanic and see if she finds it useful.
Quite an enjoyable story. I liked the inclusion of the Mayan myths and enjoyed learning a small part of Mexican history. I've been to the Yucatan a couple of times, so it was cool to "see" the places as I read.
It took me forever to read this book because it could not keep my attention for more then a page at a time. I was confused through most of the book. I had no idea who was related to who or who was searching for who. I was happy that the book ended well but I will not be reading it again.
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This could have been a good story, set in an interesting place and time, but unfortunately it has no depth. The writing is shallow and undescriptive, jumpy and just not engaging.
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