Saturday, June 27, 2015

Underappreciated historical fiction

If you like historical fiction and you haven't read Gary Jennings's Aztec, you are in for a rare treat.

Set in Mexico in the 1500s, the book chronicles the life story of an Aztec boy who rises to prominence in that society. 

There are multiple points of view. The story is told partly from the viewpoint of the Aztec youth (who looks back on his life as an old man). Part of the story is also told in an epistolary format, from the perspective of Spanish officials.

Aztec was published in 1980, so it's now 35 years old. Don't let that stop you. Aztec is James Michener on steroids. Nor will you mind the book's 1,000+ page length.

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