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Book Review: 'The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya'

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The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Peter Canby
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Travel, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Mayan civilization is mistakenly thought to have peaked and perished in the 9th century, but Peter Canby’s The Heart of the Sky documents the contemporary Maya, seven million strong, who live in Guatemala, southern Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. A former New Yorker staffer, Canby attends their rituals, marvels at conflations of Catholic and indigenous religious practices, and interviews Mayan guerrillas who fight Guatemala’s murderous counterinsurgent army. Part travelogue, part scholarly work, a vivid but regrettably pictureless account of a forgotten people.