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About the Author

David Seth Michaels is a beach bum, writer, shaman, and wizard, who lives and works in Bahia Soliman, just north of Tulum, Mexico and in Spencertown, Columbia County, New York. He is the author of the blog, The Dream Antilles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462069223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462069224
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane G on February 18, 2012
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David Seth Michaels' Tulum is a read that draws you in, grinning to yourself at the sweet honesty of the workings of the author's mind. I found myself reading ever quicker as the story unfolded, not wanting to break the spell, not wanting my own reality to dare interrupt my foray into Tulum's magical hold. Yet, I neared the end, I slowed, savoring, not wanting it to end.

Set in isolated and beautiful Quintana Roo, Mexico's villages, Tulum is a journey of an un-average man in a relatively unspoiled place. It is pure Mexico, from the quirky inhabitants, to the arbitrary rules of the dog-police, to the bribes and communal sharing by its Mayan residents. His seedy past has drawn him to its isolation, a place to dream and write, yet circumstances entwine him, and suddenly his life changes drastically. You learn everything evolves, from the onslaught of touristas, to a "retired" man's new vocation.

The world of Tulum paints beautiful pictures of both the mystical and mundane parts of human existence, through the ever-suprising and imaginative voice of the narrator. It's a journey of utter honesty, from manly desires for a beautiful woman, to the temptation of profits in the seedy underworld of drug traffickers, to a spiritual journey with an unlikely and bemused mentor.

A little bit Hunter S. Thompson, a little reminiscent of Castenada, but entirely unique, Michaels' storytelling found me rapt in his story, and longing for the next installment. The writing was fresh and guileless, totally self-aware to both the glories and follies of the human mind; whether a lizard basking in the sun, or a wizard drinking tequila.

You will be amused. You will be intrigued. Mostly? You will fall in love with Tulum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anjan Chatterjee on April 7, 2013
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I read this while vacationing in Tulum Puebla for a week. It was perfect for getting into the mental space of being there, and wandering the streets of the town. A good tale, that propels the reader along.
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By Kim in Oregon on July 20, 2014
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David Seth Michaels captures the ambiance, culture, and magic of Tulum – definitely not from a superficial turista perspective, but from one who obviously loves, and has become a part of, this part of the world. The writing is poetically descriptive and beautiful. It is at times so funny I laughed out loud. On top of that, the book is also a darn good story. It helps remind me of the reasons I love Tulum, where we have our second home – and increases my intimacy with the area. A great read if you are traveling to Tulum. Maybe better appreciated if you know something of the area. All in all, an unexpected gem.
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By vwbob on March 15, 2015
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Really enjoyed this, a bit of culture, a bit of mystery and very well written. Not your average book but a real literary work of art. Don't read it for amusement; read it to learn something of yourself and the human condition.
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