The Conquest

The Conquest

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by Yxta Maya Murray
     
 

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Sara Rosario Gonzáles is a restorer of rare books and manuscripts at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. When Sara restores a sixteenth-century manuscript about an Aztec princess enslaved by Cortés and sent to Europe to entertain the pope and Emperor Charles V, she doesn't realize the power of the tale she's about to immerse herself into.

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Sara Rosario Gonzáles is a restorer of rare books and manuscripts at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. When Sara restores a sixteenth-century manuscript about an Aztec princess enslaved by Cortés and sent to Europe to entertain the pope and Emperor Charles V, she doesn't realize the power of the tale she's about to immerse herself into.

The princess, we find, is determined to avenge the slaughter of her people, and Sara is determined to prove that the book, which caused scandal when first published, was written by the Aztec princess herself, and not the European monk reputed to have penned it.

Entwined within Sara's fascination of the manuscript is Sara's own life: the frustration over her inability to commit to Karl, the man who has loved her since high school; the haunting wisdom of her departed mother; and the stability of a father who sees the world in a way Sara does not, both pragmatically and unyieldingly.

The Conquest is a beautifully written novel that offers both hope that true love does exist and that history, in all its complexity, is what drives us all toward tomorrow.

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Washington Post Book World
“Clever and spellbinding.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060093600
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/02/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
746,601
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Yxta Maya Murray is the author of The Conquest—winner of the Whiting Award—and The King's Gold, the second novel in her acclaimed Red Lion series. She is a professor at Loyola Law School and lives in Los Angeles.

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Conquest 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sara Rosario Gonzales works as a rare-book restorer at Los Angeles¿ Getty Museum. Her current assignment is to mend a sixteenth century manuscript, the story of ¿Helen¿ an Aztec woman Cortez sent as a present to the Pope.......................................... Upset in her personal life as her marine boyfriend is going to marry someone else because she failed to commit, Sara buries her unhappiness inside the restoration project. She soon believes that the story of the Aztec female is authentic, but everyone else insists its fiction. She begins researching clues to this Helen, her baptized name the Aztec received in Rome. For the first time in her shallow life, Sara commits to something with her heart as she seeks the truth whether Helen the Aztec really existed and had these wonderful adventures in Europe........................... . The contrast between Helen and Sara is startling as the former lives life to the fullest and the latter avoids life to the least degree yet both share in common a feeling of displacement. Obviously Helen¿s is easier to observe, but Sara¿s Latino heritage makes her feel out of sorts also. Sara's search for the truth links the two subplots neatly together. Though at times the tale slows down, fans obtain an intriguing character study that compares how two people living centuries apart share the same feelings of not belonging. ........................... Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Rare book restorer Sara Gonzales encounters a pivotal moment in her life when she is assigned the task of restoring a banned sixteenth century book called 'The Conquest.' The storyline of that book hauntingly parallels that of her own life, full of burdens, questions left unanswered, and troublesome barriers. Conflicts within her own life must be confronted and resolved before Sara can pull herself out of the dusty existence in the tomb of a book restorer's world and rejoin the living. Uncovering the truths behind the authorship of 'The Conquest' surprisingly enables her to do so. This is a novel in which truths are revealed, and revelations are made. As an added bonus, the reader is treated to rich scenes of sixteenth century Europe, made complete by adding in the characters of Petrarch and Titian.