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Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest Paperback – August 1, 2011
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"Brilliant. Maya Roads takes the reader on an intense journey deep into tropical forest landscapes, described so eloquently one can feel the sweaty climate, see the birds wrapped in the indigenous women’s braids, and experience the stress as witnesses and survivors recount stories of repression and resistance. [It] combines the prose of a skilled journalist with the in-depth knowledge of a long time observer of the Maya peoples." Amy Ross, associate professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia
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she was mesmerizing. I bought the book and I'm reading it and I see why I felt
swept along. She writes about war, Maya temples, archaeological sites, hidden lakes
and animals, all in the same flowing and fascinating voice, honest and really curious
about whatever she sees. She is very knowledgeable. It feels like I'm with her in
these experiences and I wish the trip could be longer. I'll probably get this book for
a couple of friends.
Reading this travel memoir allowed me to enter strange places where I might not have the courage to go; it helped me to understand the politics that have made life so precarious for the Maya; it made me aware of the great beauty of creation. Pity and terror--that's what the ancients thought made for tragedy. There's plenty of both in this book. In these alluring and forbidding Maya Roads, McConahay is a trustworthy guide. And the book is "a page turner" to boot.
Not as much on Mayan history as I’d hoped, but does illuminate the ‘rediscovery’ of the Mayan cities and the dangerous environment of central America (drug lords, dictators, repressive military, massacres – not much joy there).
I am about the same age as the author and loved the rain forest of Sarawak, Malaysia from my Peace Corps years from 1966-1969. I too returned and was struck by the loss of the trees and forest habitat owing to the sale of the timber and political corruption. This similarity of experience made Maya Roads especially meaningful to me, but the insights should bring the Central American rain forest and its people, history and culture to life for many readers. It's a good read and not a stodgy labor.
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McConahay does a wonderful job of bringing the reader into the details of someone's home in the forest of Central America, while also giving detailed and thorough personal and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by maria fadiman
I read this book while I was In Guatemala working in Maya villages. It gave me much more insight into their lives and paths. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I found this book impossible to get through, I just kept putting it down. It did not have a cohesive story, and read like a textbook. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by K Davis
I got to know Mary Jo McConahay while in Guatemala for the Rios Montt trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Paul Roberts
This was a fascinating read on the Mayan culture and how it has changed over time. It shows how our humanness can transcend all barriers of language, traditions, and preconceived... Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Jessica N. Holland
Who are Lacandón Maya Indians? They honor sacbe ("the White Road") The Milky Way. How do the lives of these women, men and children in Mexico and Guatemala connect with... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Teresa LeYung-Ryan
I became aware of this book when it was reviewed in the Tulsa Library monthly periodical. The review intrigued me as the book covered both cultural and political changes in the... Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Cheryl H.
I loved this book for many reasons. The beautiful story telling of her experiences by the author, her relationships with the countries she visits, its' land, the people and most... Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Catalina Marin
A very good read while traveling in the Mayan areas. Gives some insight into the politics of Guatemala and makes one want to learn more. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Randi