The Mexican Dream, or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations

J.M.G. Le Clézio Teresa Lavender Fagan

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The Mexican Dream, or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations

The Mexican Dream or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature J M G Le Cl zio here conjures the consciousness of Mexico powerfully evoking the dreams that made and unmade an ancient culture Le Cl zio s haunting boo

  • Title: The Mexican Dream, or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations
  • Author: J.M.G. Le Clézio Teresa Lavender Fagan
  • ISBN: 9780226110028
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, J M G Le Cl zio here conjures the consciousness of Mexico, powerfully evoking the dreams that made and unmade an ancient culture Le Cl zio s haunting book takes us into the dream that was the religion of the Aztecs, a religion whose own apocalyptic visions anticipated the coming of the Spanish conquerors Here the dream ofWinner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, J M G Le Cl zio here conjures the consciousness of Mexico, powerfully evoking the dreams that made and unmade an ancient culture Le Cl zio s haunting book takes us into the dream that was the religion of the Aztecs, a religion whose own apocalyptic visions anticipated the coming of the Spanish conquerors Here the dream of the conquistadores rises before us, too, the glimmering idea of gold drawing Europe into the Mexican dream Against the religion and thought of the Aztecs and the Tarascans and the Europeans in Mexico, Le Cl zio also shows us those of the barbarians of the north, the nomadic Indians beyond the pale of the Aztec frontier.Finally, Le Cl zio s book is a dream of the present, a meditation on what in Amerindian civilizations in their language, in their way of telling tales, of wanting to survive their own destruction moved the poet, playwright, and actor Antonin Artaud and motivates Le Cl zio in this book His own deep identification with pre Columbian cultures, whose faith told them the wheel of time would bring their gods and their beliefs back to them, finds fitting expression in this extraordinary book, which brings the dream around We are lucky to have in Le Cl zio a writer of great quality who brings his particular sensibility and talent here to remind us of the very nature of the rituals and myths of the civilizations of ancient Mexico he provides us with descriptions as precise as they are mysterious Le Figaro

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    One thought on “The Mexican Dream, or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations

    1. Judith on said:

      The book pretends to ask "what if", to explore what our world might look like if the Aztec Empire (and other peoples) had survived in some form or had had more of an influence on our present philosophy and society. Well, it's only the last two pages that deal with that question. The rest of the book explains the culture and religion of the Aztecs and of other native peoples in immense detail. Some of it was new to me, but the majority was not, so that I was impatiently awaiting any insights rela [...]

    2. Colleen on said:

      More like an anthropological treatise, but not as methodical. I don't know how the Nobel committee picks authors, but this one must have friends in high places. The only thing I found the least bit interesting was how centuries are measured in the Mayan/Aztec calendars - 52 years. According to some solar scientists 104 years is a certain kind of sun cycle which causes periodic long deep drought, especially in the SW USA and we are entering one right now, but this bit of knowledge was not in Le C [...]

    3. Ricardo Munguia on said:

      No soy un experto en el tema de la conquista de Mesoamérica por lo que solo puedo opinar de el libro de manera personal y personalmente me pareció aburrido y seco, con referencias refritas y cunado el autor decide dar su opinión del tema estas son tibias poco inspiradas. Con un estilo digno de un libro de texto, quizá lo único que rescato del libro es que ofrece una síntesis bastante concreta de los factores involucrados en la conquista de México y de algunas de las repercusiones a futuro [...]

    4. Alejandro Ramirez on said:

      Cuando el premio nobel de literature (2008) escribe un libro sobre la civilizacion Mexicana, seria torpe pasarlo por alto. De hecho Le Clezio es un mexicanista consumado, traduce del Maya al frances y ha iblicado esudios antropologicos sobre la region. The Mexican dream es mas ambicioso, su tesis es que la conquista española privo al mundo de una manera de pensar no vista antes, ni despues de las civilizaciones mexicanas.Desde su perspective, solo ha habido una sola masacre equiparable en la hi [...]

    5. Laëtitia Léty on said:

      Un livre incontournable à lire avant/pendant un voyage au Mexique.

    6. George Polley on said:

      What if the thought of Amerindian civilization had not been interrupted by the genocidal Conquest of the Spaniards who landed on America’s shores beginning in 1492? What if it had progressed to its fullest flower of philosophical, political and artistic possibility? Those are the kinds of questions that underlie Le Clézio’s fine little book.When my wife recommended this book to me, I bought it, read it, and put it aside. For some reason, it just wasn’t quite what I expected. I even regret [...]

    7. Andrea on said:

      A partir de plusieurs textes historiques, Le Clézio contemple et raconte l'âme du Mexique (et de l'Amérique indienne) avec le rêve comme fil conducteur.Si la première partie, qui traite du choc des civilisations Aztèque et Européen, est assez palpitant pour maintenir facilement l'attention du lecteur, les parties suivantes sont un peu moins accessibles et l'on risque de se perdre dans l'inventaire de détails (même fascinants ) sur les rites, mythes, dieux, etc.Mais avec un peu de persé [...]

    8. Miguel on said:

      Me hace recordar gratamente un texto de Ibargüengoitia que resume unas cien páginas de este despropósito de libro y va así: "La antigüedad indígena es no sólo gloriosa, sino paradisíaca. El clima es inmejorable, se inventan las chinampas, el comercio florece, los reyes aztecas son grandes estadistas preocupados por el bienestar de sus súbditos y hasta por la educación de los mismos, si inventan las guerras floridas es llevados por su fe y por una confabulación diabólica de la natural [...]

    9. Christoph on said:

      Nobel laureate J.M.G.Le Clezio has conjured for his readers, in various meditations, a vivid and informative description of the Meso-American myth. From direct translations of the historical perspective described by the Spanish conquerors of the land, a modern version of the ancient myth is delineated. Some unique insights can be gained from Le Clezio's mythical prose but often much of it is lost in names and places and technical aspects of the ancient civilization. It is not a read for experts [...]

    10. Mira on said:

      I can tell already that this text is going to be brilliant. The way Le Clezio writes history is gripping and amazingyou hold onto every word and turn and just want to keep reading. It is the tragic outline of two histories clashing and interrupting each other. The Spanish were truly brutal in their exploitation of the Amerindian peoples. They used language above all to manipulate and a prophecy they did not even understand to destroy many aspects of a culture. All I can say is that they were rea [...]

    11. Hung-ya on said:

      I actually expect some explicit and insight into the "what if" the Amerindian civilizations had not been interrupted but no, some thoughts are only reflected during the last few pages. It is not that I do not enjoy reading mythologies and stories of all kinds because I really do. I enjoy reading all the Mexican mythologies included in this book but I did not find much I was looking for. A slight disappointment.

    12. Terry on said:

      This was a more academic text than I had expected, a collation of papers into chapters. It was rich with history that Le Clezio has mined over many years of researching the native cultures of pre-Hispanic America. His take on the religio-philosophical underpinnings of those societies, whether "barbarian" or "theocratic," is realized more fully as by the novelist than by an anthropologist. Indeed I couldn't help thinking occasionally, as I read, of Carlos Castaneda.

    13. James F on said:

      A collection of seven related essays on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico and the religion of the native American populations (Aztecs, Maya, and other groups in Mexico). This collection shows the same strengths and weaknesses as his fiction; on the one hand, the condemnation of European colonialism, on the other, the romanticism of primitivism and magico-religious thought. It was worth reading for the factual material, but I couldn't agree with much of his interpretation or viewpoint.

    14. Suzie on said:

      "It was the extermination of an ancient dream by the frenzy of a modern one, the destruction of myths by a desire for power. It was gold, modern weapons, and rational thought pitted against magic and gods: the outcome could not have been otherwise."

    15. Linda on said:

      These essays about Amerindian civilization are poetic, both deeply felt and factual, deeply imaginative and moving even if one takes issues with his conclusions.

    16. Anthony on said:

      A very tough read but enlightening and edifying. White man done fucked up.

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