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  1. Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
    Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
    Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
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  2. Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest

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In Maya Roads, McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central America's remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. Captivated by the magnificence and mystery of the jungle, the author brings to life the intense beauty, the fantastic locales, the ancient ruins, and the horrific violence. She witnesses archaeological discoveries, the transformation of the Lacandon people, the Zapatista indigenous uprising in Mexico, increased drug trafficking, and assists in the uncovering of a war crime. Over the decades, McConahay has witnessed great changes in the region, and this is a unique tale of a woman's adventure and the adaptation and resolve of a people.

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Wow! Beautifully told, objectively covered, by author, journalist and adventurer far ahead of her time. An early fascination with Central America, and all things Maya, had this woman risking her life while I was changing diapers. She skillfully weaves the story of the ancient Maya with the more current atrocities amid the Lacandon people and the rainforest. Placing herself in these dangerous situations allows McConahay to bring the story to life. I lived through these times, knew about the wars, later about the "Disappeared". I was aware of some US involvement. Still, I feel as though I just had a one semester course, given by a favorite teacher, on a subject I had no idea I'd find interesting. I am humbled. This will be my Christmas gift for 2012.
I loved this book. The author is a journalist who has spent years covering Central America. This is her memoir of her travels in the Maya Rainforests in Guatemala and Mexico. Her writing is beautiful and evocative, but it is primarily the hearbreaking story of the peoples of the forest, descendents of the ancient Maya, and how they have been brutalized by the modern world. McConohay is passionately political and stands in solidarity with these people.
I have never written a review here but I have never read a book like Maya Roads. It took me along with the author through the Central American jungle, noticing the smallest flower or the sound of jaguars, but also gave eyewitness descriptions of some of the most important historical scenes in the last 30 years, including war and the aftermath of massacres. I had no idea the place, a continuous rainforest which is half in Chiapas, Mexico, and half in Guatemala, was so rich and so close; you don't have to go all the way to the Amazon to find the jungle. The author describes the ancient rainforest cities, and explains the spiritual life of the Maya, the calendar, and their symbols. She spends time with the Lacandon, who live in deep jungle and were never conquered and still dress in white gowns, men and women, direct descendants (some people believe) of the original Maya. You can see the author is in love with the place, and holds its modern-day Maya people in high respect, but she is... Read more
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