PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries

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review Motel of the Mysteries Summary Motel of the Mysteries ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985 Imagine then the excitement that Howard Carson an amateur archeologist at best experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandon. I loved this book as a kid and probably checked it out from the school library at least a dozen times I recently picked up a copy of it in a fit of nostalgia and am enjoying it all over againIt s so good So silly and so good and the illustrations are lovely Published in 1979 and poking fun at the King Tut craze of the time there was a very splashy museum tour of the mummy and tomb artifacts in the mid late 70 s it takes place in North America in the year 4022 millennia after the great civilization Usa was destroyed by and buried under a blizzard of junk mail an unfortunate and unforeseen conseuence of a reduction in postal feesThe book meticulously documents the discovery and interpretation of the great archaeological find the Motel of the Mysteries which is described as a grand tomb complex that finally revealed to the world the mysterious burial customs of the late twentieth century North AmericanIt s both an extended parody of Howard Carter s discovery of Tut s tomb here one Howard Carson an amateur of unprecedented mediocrity stumbles upon the entrance to a crappy motel room reporting back to his colleagues that the chamber contains WONDERFUL THINGS and a satirical commentary on modern American life where the television is interpreted as the Great Altar towards which everything in the room must face and the strip of gas stations and fast food joints along the highway is designated Monument Row with each sign representing a different religious sect or point of view placed as near as possible to heavenAs a kid much of this was lost on me I had no idea until I picked this up as an adult for instance that this had any connection to real archaeology or Tutankhamun even though the name of the motel is the Toot n C mon Instead what I took from this book was the utter silliness and midguidedness of Carson et al s reconstruction of American life The picture of the woman wearing a toilet seat around her neck lid fastened to her head with a paper sanitized for your protection band and toothbrushes dangling from her ears was the absolute height of hilarity for me More than that though the appeal of this book was the strange futuristic world it posited where everything we know is impossibly lost and gone This was one of my first exposures to post apocalyptic fiction there just aren t that many kids picture books about the end of the world and that idea and that imagery absolutely entranced meI can draw a direct line from my fascination with this book to my later fascination with books like A Canticle for Leibowitz and Riddley Walker and The Book of the New Sun books where societies in a hazily distant future world look back on our artifacts and wonderAs silly as it might seem this book was foundational for me And I still absolutely adore it Spoken From the Front 2 year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985 Imagine then the excitement that Howard Carson an amateur archeologist at best experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandon. I loved this book as a kid and probably checked it out from the school library at least a dozen times I recently picked up a copy of it in a fit of nostalgia and am enjoying it all over againIt s so good So silly and so good and the illustrations are lovely Published in 1979 and poking fun at the King Tut craze of the time there was a very splashy museum tour of the mummy and tomb artifacts in the mid late 70 s it takes place in North America in the Ma mèreMadame EdwardaLe Mort year 4022 millennia after the great civilization Usa was destroyed by and buried under a blizzard of junk mail an unfortunate and unforeseen conseuence of a reduction in postal feesThe book meticulously documents the discovery and interpretation of the great archaeological find the Motel of the Mysteries which is described as a grand tomb complex that finally revealed to the world the mysterious burial customs of the late twentieth century North AmericanIt s both an extended parody of Howard Carter s discovery of Tut s tomb here one Howard Carson an amateur of unprecedented mediocrity stumbles upon the entrance to a crappy motel room reporting back to his colleagues that the chamber contains WONDERFUL THINGS and a satirical commentary on modern American life where the television is interpreted as the Great Altar towards which everything in the room must face and the strip of gas stations and fast food joints along the highway is designated Monument Row with each sign representing a different religious sect or point of view placed as near as possible to heavenAs a kid much of this was lost on me I had no idea until I picked this up as an adult for instance that this had any connection to real archaeology or Tutankhamun even though the name of the motel is the Toot n C mon Instead what I took from this book was the utter silliness and midguidedness of Carson et al s reconstruction of American life The picture of the woman wearing a toilet seat around her neck lid fastened to her head with a paper sanitized for Love Is a Four Letter Word your protection band and toothbrushes dangling from her ears was the absolute height of hilarity for me More than that though the appeal of this book was the strange futuristic world it posited where everything we know is impossibly lost and gone This was one of my first exposures to post apocalyptic fiction there just aren t that many kids picture books about the end of the world and that idea and that imagery absolutely entranced meI can draw a direct line from my fascination with this book to my later fascination with books like A Canticle for Leibowitz and Riddley Walker and The Book of the New Sun books where societies in a hazily distant future world look back on our artifacts and wonderAs silly as it might seem this book was foundational for me And I still absolutely adore it

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Motel of the Mysteries

review Motel of the Mysteries Summary Motel of the Mysteries ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay Ed excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft which judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob was clearly the entrance to a still sealed burial chamber Carson's incredible discoveries including th. This book has one comedic idea that future archaeologists unaware of how our technology is used will misinterpret their function and assume most items had a religious purpose It s an absurdist anti intellectual work that tries to be funny but failed for me Mildly amusing in the first few pages but once you perceive the one idea it has it becomes predictable and tedious for the remainder Ma mèreMadame EdwardaLe Mort you perceive the one idea it has it becomes predictable and tedious for the remainder

Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay

review Motel of the Mysteries Summary Motel of the Mysteries ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay E remains of two bodies one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilizati. A short cynical take on American culture through the lens of failed archaeology I remembered reading this in grammar school but in retrospect I have no idea who it s written for It s not a kid s book it s not really an adult s book It s perfect for me a cynical and childish adult


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    review Motel of the Mysteries David Macaulay ↠ 5 Summary Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay I loved this book as a kid and probably checked it out from the school library at least a dozen times I recently picked up a copy of it in a fit of nostalgia and am enjoying it all over againIt's so good So silly and so good and the illustrations are lovely Published in 1979 and poking fun at the King Tut craze of the time there was a very

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    Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries David Macaulay ↠ 5 Summary I've read uite a few of David Macauley's books mostly the ones like Castle meticulously illustrated and highly researched nonfictio

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    Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries The first anthropology text I was reuired to read as an undergraduate was a delightful and instructive satire by Horace Miner Body Ritual among the Nacirema which originally appeared in The American Anthropologist vol 58 1956 pp 503 507 and which has been reproduced many times since The point was to warn aspir

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    review Motel of the Mysteries Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay David Macaulay ↠ 5 Summary Like many I was long familiar with Macaulay's direct and informative works I had a copy of Castle as a child but the one that stuck with me was this one after a brief brush with it in a bookstore a meticulously drawn account of amateur anthropologist in the 4020s bungling the interpretation of our current long lost civilization A strange satiric treatment of the distance of interpretation and our assurances in what we know of othe

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    PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries review Motel of the Mysteries This book has one comedic idea that future archaeologists unaware of how our technology is used will misinterpret their function and assume most items had a religious purpose It's an absurdist anti intellectual work that tries to be funny but failed for me Mildly amusing in the first few pages but once you perceive the one idea it has it be

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    review Motel of the Mysteries PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay If you give children books as gifts as I do I suggest that at some point you give them this It probably wasn't intended for children when written and illustrated but you would be hard pressed to associate any particular age of child as its ideal audience I found this in second grade on my homeroom teacher's bookshelf My r

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    review Motel of the Mysteries PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries One of the pride and joys of my collection of illustrated books I had it signed by David Macaulay at the National Book Festival a couple of years ago Briefly this book is a spoof on archeology with specific refe

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    PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries A short cynical take on American culture through the lens of failed archaeology I remembered reading this in grammar school but in retrospect I have no idea who it's written for It's not a kid's book it's not really an adult's book It's perfec

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    Read Ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David Macaulay PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries The premise of this book was really funny

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    PDF/EPUB Motel of the Mysteries If you've ever taken an archaeology class on Neolithic cultures or Mesolithic Paleolithic etc; you get the idea no written history you can kind of see where this book is going a lot of the prehistory seems to be about ritual activities The central point it seems to make is about interpretation and its reliability Which sure is something archaeologists are generally aware of or should be The problem is just that

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  • Paperback
  • 96
  • Motel of the Mysteries
  • David Macaulay
  • English
  • 04 December 2018
  • 9780395284254