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ISBN: 0805014705
Author: Ronald Wright
Language: English
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; First Edition edition (April 1, 1991)
Pages: 451
Category: Central America
Subcategory: Travels
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 975
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At first this book appears to be merely a travelogue of Wright's journeys through the Maya areas of Mexico and Central America

At first this book appears to be merely a travelogue of Wright's journeys through the Maya areas of Mexico and Central America. Sure, he gives us the goods on the ancient Maya ruins and archeological treasures, plus a lot of great historical coverage, but these turn out to be the background of a much larger narrative. Instead, Wright spends the bulk of his time visiting with the local people, both modern Mayas and non-Mayas who inhabit these regions today. Therefore we get an excellent sociological study on these peoples

Time Among the Maya book. Wright uses the format of a journey through Belize, Guatemala and into the south-east of Mexico to explore the world of the Maya.

Time Among the Maya book. The Maya had a sophisticated city-state based civilisation that reached its urban peak in its so called Classic period, between circa 250 AD and circa 900 AD. New Maya states emerged after this period, but on a smaller, modest scale (at least as far as urban centres were concerned) until the Spanish conquest.

Published by Thriftbooks. At first this book appears to be merely a travelogue of Wright's journeys through the Maya areas of Mexico and Central America. com User, 14 years ago. Ronald Wright takes us to Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan, visiting various archeological sites and people along the way. This is a great travelogue with lots of history included.

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For other people named Ronald Wright, see Ronald Wright . Wright, Ronald (1989), Time Among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, London: Bodley Head, ISBN 9780370313023.

For other people named Ronald Wright, see Ronald Wright (disambiguation). Ronald Wright speaking at the University of Alberta in 2007. Ronald Wright is also a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and has written and presented documentaries for radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic. He studied archaeology at Cambridge University and later at the University of Calgary, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1996. He lives in British Columbia.

Time Among the Maya - Ronald Wright.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. His travels begin in tiny Belize, exploring the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, bloodstained by civil war, and end in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Embracing history, politics, anthropology, and literature, this book is both a fascinating travel memoir and the study of a civilization. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Time Among the Maya - Ronald Wright.

The New Yorker; "Time Among the Maya shows Wright to be far more than a mere storyteller or descriptive writer.

Traveling through Central America's jungles and mountains, Ronald Wright explores the ancient roots of the Maya, their recent troubles, and prospects for survival. Embracing history, anthropology, politics, and literature, Time Among the Maya is a riveting journey through past magnificence and the study of an enduring civilization with much to teach the present. The New Yorker; "Time Among the Maya shows Wright to be far more than a mere storyteller or descriptive writer. He is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures. - Jan Morris, The Independent (London).

His travels begin in tiny Belize, exploring the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, bloodstained by civil war, and end in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

His encounters with the modern Maya reveal survival and persistence of tradition-in spite of the twin threats of assimilation in Belize and Mexico, and physical extermination-in Guatemala. Not a fast read, but a mix of scholarship and travel-adventure that celebrates Mayan culture and may even play some role in preserving it.

Describes the culture and daily life of the modern Maya, and discusses the land of the ancient Maya

Comments:

Jia
Yes, I love this book. I have not finished it yet, nonetheless I can taste the experience, it is so good. Great read for anyone who loves visiting Latin or Central American countries.
Funky
I read parts of it before going to Chiapas Mexico and then I read the section on Chiapas. It was fascinating to read his remarks and descriptions of what I was seeing. He writes very descriptive pictures.
Rolling Flipper
Republished edition is one of the best and most comprehensive impressions of the era - during the Guatemalan Civil War - and its effects on the Maya populations in the surrounding countries.
Sadaron above the Gods
Well written and endlessly fascinating.
hardy
I purchased this book to learn a bit more about the Maya before I take a trip to visit ancient Maya sites this fall. The book does present some interesting information on the ancient Maya, particularly, their calendar and system of time. It spends more time discussing the problems faced by the Maya of today, which is enlightening, but I feel it spends too much time discussing politics and what is wrong with the governments in Maya lands today than what I need to prepare for my trip. I do feel that an understanding of the situation is important to have before visiting a third world country; I just find this a bit overburdening in light of what I need and want to know, especially since it reflects the situation in 1985. It does not tell me what to expect TODAY.
lubov
Although I found some information interesting and informative, the delivery was much too long. Far too many descriptions of scenes where one photo could have replaced three pages of text. In fact, he travels with his friend David who is taking photos... he should have used them! Very repetitious and redundant, really belaboring simple points that could be explained in one third the words. However I was reading to learn facts, I was not reading for entertainment. I cannot recommend this book for learning; but if you want a travelogue of one person's interpretations of his trip, this works well.
Walianirv
Time among the Maya, Ronald Wright
This is a charming travelogue, particularly if you have experienced travel to some of the Maya Indian sites. Ronald Wright has given us an insight that could only be possible from someone who has spent considerable time and research into the politics and plight of the Maya people. There are some helpful maps for orientation. The writing is like a daily journal, which is charming in its observations and the attempts at a phonetic impression of the speech of the various populations that he encounters in his journey. There are references to some of the masterworks of more early explorers, such as John L. Stephens, with excellent drawings by Catherwood (Dover Publications), and the helpful translation of Popol Vuh by Dennis Tedlock. Ronald Wright gives us "food for thought" about the terrible things that have occurred in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, as various political factions have battled for control.
At first this book appears to be merely a travelogue of Wright's journeys through the Maya areas of Mexico and Central America. Sure, he gives us the goods on the ancient Maya ruins and archeological treasures, plus a lot of great historical coverage, but these turn out to be the background of a much larger narrative. Instead, Wright spends the bulk of his time visiting with the local people, both modern Mayas and non-Mayas who inhabit these regions today. Therefore we get an excellent sociological study on these peoples. I was surprised to learn of the large numbers of Maya that still exist, not just as an ancient fringe religious group, but as a sizeable portion of the populations of Guatemala, Belize, and Southern Mexico. Unfortunately these people still deal with the fallout of nearly 500 years of oppression, and continuing discrimination today. Their resulting hardships are a major focus of the book. Wright also has a flair for picking out offbeat and enjoyable characters among the people he meets, like the nearly-Rasta mestizos of Belize and a variety of befuddled and naïve traveling companions. Wright could stand to be a little less biased at times, especially in the portion of the book that deals with Guatemala. Wright gets really carried away in describing this dreary nation as a hopeless hellhole. This characterization is probably not too far from reality, but impartiality is missing at times in this book. (Note that this was written back in the mid-80's, though it's doubtful if much has changed since then). Also, pictures of the many fascinating areas Wright visited would be a nice addition to this book. You have to rely on Wright's descriptions instead, although he does a pretty good job. Ultimately, this book is less a standard travelogue than an entertaining and very enlightening sociological study on a people who are still going strong even though their culture "collapsed" (in Western eyes) centuries and centuries ago.

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