Jungle of Stone

Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

Reviewed by Frank F. 

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What do you think about this book?

The book is great. Maybe more than great, it's fantastic. 

Why?

Because it's very detailed, it tells you about many things other than the ruins. It tells you about the lifestyle of the native people, the way the explorers were treated by the natives, and things that were going on in life at that time. 

Is it suspenseful, dramatic?

It is suspenseful, and dramatic because the explorers got into very tight situations where their lives were endangered and they were trying to escape or hiding from people that wanted to kill them. Because there were revolutions and disturbances by either natives, robbers, political upheavals. They were in the thick of it. 

Who would be interested in reading about this type of story?

People that like reading history. And actually, anyone would enjoy it because it's very readable. It's not hard to read and it explains the story in everyday language. It's like an adventure and that's why it's excellent.

It Can't Happen Here

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Reviewed by Manuel G.

 

In your own words, what was the book about? 

Written in 1935, the plot is about a dictatorship occurring in the USA democracy.

Describe something that surprised you about the book or something that has stayed with you:

Sinclair Lewis foresaw to a frightening accurate extent the type of personality that could become an authoritarian President over 80 years ago. He actually describes our current president very well.

Please share any thoughts you have about the book or the experience reading it:

The fictional President Windrip is a profile of President Trump. Unbelievable how many paralells Sinclair foresaw.

Would you recommend to another reader?

YES. Definitely worth a read for our times.

The Master & Margarita

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Reviewed by Daryl

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In your own words, what was the book about? 

I’m not sure I could say—that could probably be a book unto itself—but for me it spoke to love and art and Russia and devotion and the soul and cats. The plot begins with the Devil showing up in 1930’s Moscow and then eventually ends up in the sublime. 

Describe something that surprised you about the book or something that has stayed with you:

There is a scene in the second or third chapter where a  figure that is Pontius Pilate is told by Jesus, before he is to be condemned to crucifixion, that all power is a form of violence. It was a powerful and thoughtful scene and a very powerful articulation of a simple yet novel—to me—idea. That one line of dialogue is something I still think about.

Please share any thoughts you have about the book or the experience reading it:

I thought it was a wonderful book that envoked in me both the extremes of laughter and tears. Not only that but I also got the sense that it had within it tremendous insight and wisdom. Like I think the greatest of art does, it articulated and spoke to something within me that I had not known was there, something that had hitherto always been slightly beyond the recognition of my own heart and mind. 

Would you recommend to another reader?

Of course. 

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reviewed by Adriana A.

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In your own words, what was the book about? 

This book is about a couple who live in an ancient England where a mist that makes everyone forget covers the country.  Everyone has forgotten so much -- the couple have even forgotten where their grown son lives.  However, they feel a strong pull that they must leave on a journey to find him, being sure only of the rightness of finding him and of their love for one another.  But maybe it is the forgetting that has allowed this certainty of feeling.  What will happen when the mist lifts and everyone starts to remember?

Describe something that surprised you about the book or something that has stayed with you:

Something about the purity of the couple's interactions with each other are very moving.  And the last scene was unforgettable.

Please share any thoughts you have about the book or the experience reading it:

It's not a fast read, and you really have to get into the pace of the couple's journey.  The book reveals itself patiently.

Would you recommend to another reader?

Yes.