Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan [NOOK Book]

Overview

According to Mayan legend, the xtabentum flower that grows wild on the Yucatan peninsula first appeared on the grave of a free-spirited young woman who was scorned for her passion by the people of her village, but loved by the gods for her kind heart.

Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan is a story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time. Amanda ...
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Overview

According to Mayan legend, the xtabentum flower that grows wild on the Yucatan peninsula first appeared on the grave of a free-spirited young woman who was scorned for her passion by the people of her village, but loved by the gods for her kind heart.

Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan is a story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time. Amanda Diaz is from the “divine caste,” a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region. Amanda’s lifelong friend, Carmen, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants. Against the true historical background of rebellion and assassination in the unstable country, the whipping of Carmen by a Diaz neighbor exposes the sheltered existence of the two women and drives them apart. The story follows Amanda through her horror at the social injustice of the two-class Mexico to the sacrifices she makes in the name of friendship.

Parts of the story take place in modern times, where the discovery of an old birth certificate sets Amanda’s granddaughter in search of a secret about her father’s birth. Her search, told in the first person, is blended with a third-person account of the lives of Amanda and her contemporaries in the 1920s.
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Editorial Reviews

ABNA Expert Reviewer
It's clearly written by someone with a passion for the material. Obviously a lot of work and research went into this. Something of a labor of love, I'd guess, and it's showing. The author does an exceptional job of painting the background for Mexico in the early 1900's
Writer's Digest
The novel provides the reader with a range of intriguing stories: the doomed love affair between Carlos and Cacho, the political intrigue of the revolution, the unfolding mystery of Antonio’s parents. Waving together these story lines are folk stories, songs, and vignettes that reinforce the scenes described in the succeeding chapter. The description of people and places in this novel are lush and beautiful. The Yucatan of 100 years ago comes alive, but so does a scene as mundane as a pla
ABNA Expert Reviewer
It's clearly written by someone with a passion for the material. Obviously a lot of work and research went into this. Something of a labor of love, I'd guess, and it's showing. The author does an exceptional job of painting the background for Mexico in the early 1900's
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011813764
  • Publisher: Rosy Hugener with Carl Hugener
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 764,839
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Rosa Hugener was born and raised in Mexico and is the descendent of one of the most prominent families in Yucatan, a family that has included governors, senators, bishops, historians and journalists. Her family members were participants in many of the historical events described, and old family stories were what inspired Rosa first to researching, and then to writing about, the events in the book. Today, Rosa is a systems engineer who lives in the Chicago area.

Carl Hugener is a management consultant who works primarily in the banking industry. He is the author and co-author of a number of white papers and magazine articles on banking issues. His work has appeared in publications such as Banking Strategies, Cards & Payments and Digital Transactions.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    Xtabentum

    I loved this book. Interest is piqued from the very first page & you are drawn into the search from the outset. I love the intertwining historical accounts from the region of Merida. The title word was unknown to me, I thoroughly enjoyed the explanation and lacing of Xtabentum throughout the chapters. It left me wanting to learn more about this family - and more about the rich history/legend/and culture of Mexico. More please.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    It's s good read. I learned a lot about the region.

    I bought this book because I was going on vacation to the Cancun area. Wow, I really liked this book! It has Mayan legends (but just at the beginning of the chapters), songs and a deep plot. The book was the perfect size to take to the beach, and the cover started a lot of conversations with the locals. I will suggest it for book clubs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    Great Book. Easy read and fun.

    I like that is set in Merida, Yucatan. Perfect week read. A good way to learn about history from a diferent part of Mexico.Good ending.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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