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Sold as a love slave to Hern an Cort es in the early sixteenth century, Aztec princess Malintz in accompanies him on a journey to Tenocht itlan, while Cort es and his compadres engage in a battle that marks the end of the Aztec empire....

Title : Night of Sorrows
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ISBN : 9780393058253
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 425 Pages
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Night of Sorrows Reviews

  • Kathy
    2019-03-15 19:14

    This is an interesting, engaging work of historical fiction covering the dark years when Cortez decimated and destroyed the Aztec empire. This book stands out in its overall objectivity and level of historical research, which is careful, thorough, and refreshingly lacking in a lot 21st century judgment. The author includes the viewpoints of Cortez and the other Spanish conquistadors, as well as that of Malintzin (aka Malinche), an Aztec princess later sold as a slave who served as Cortez's interpreter and later his lover and mother of his child. Both characters are revealed to be products of their cultures and the time in which they lived, not stereotypes, but real people. Cortez is not portrayed as an evil monster, and Malintzin is not a traitor to her people; as in real life, a huge number of complex factors collide to form historical events, including (especially in this case) two truly brutal religions, one demanding a constant supply of sacrificial victims and the other one fundamentally based in European class structures, greed, and imperialism. I also learned quite a lot about why and how the Spanish were able to more easily conquer the Aztec as a result of political turmoil already existent in Montezuma's kingdom. The amazing and beautiful city of Tenochtitlan really comes to life in this novel, and it's impossible to miss the irony that its splendor clearly reflected a higher level of civilization than any European city of the same time period. Overall, I recommend this novel if you seek a better understanding of how this time in history, and despite the horrible end result for Aztec civilization, the story overall is fascinating, not overtly depressing.

  • Jen
    2019-03-13 23:35

    This story revolves around Hernan Cortes's arrival to Mexica, and his subsequent conflicts with the Maya peoples. Surprisingly, Cortes is not the primary character; instead the majority of the tale is told from the eyes of a resident Azteca, who becomes a translator between the native tongues. This makes for an entertaining retelling of, to paraphrase, "Who the hell does this stinky guy think he is, strolling in and claiming our land in the name of a king we've never heard of and a God who doesn't require human sacrifice?"I wish all historic fiction could be written by Ms. Sherwood.This is set in a foreign land, and the cast of characters vacillate between a minimum of three languages. When Ms. Sherwood decides to use a non-English term, it flows seamlessly in context. She does assume the reader is stupid; she does not stop her storytelling to explain it. That habit alone was greatly appreciated.Heavy descriptions are only used when absolutely necessary. (Here's glaring at you, Anne Rice.)Punches are very rarely pulled. It's scathingly brutal at times.In the vein of Morgan Llywelyn's works, this was brilliantly researched and retold. I would not hesitate to shelve the two authors together, if only in terms of their literary superiority.

  • L. (Slay the meaty ones!)
    2019-03-03 18:17

    Sad.When I say sad, I'm not meaning the tragic events in history. I'm referring to the quality (snerk) of this story - sad. I've been looking for a book on Malinche and it appears I'm going to have to keep on looking. I just can't force myself to read any more. I know Cortes was no angel, but I refuse to believe he was thinking with his Lil' Hernan as much as he does in this book.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-13 17:30

    Couldn't finish this one...too wordy.

  • Fernando Henrique
    2019-02-23 17:32

    Nenhuma review em português?Farei a minha então. Esse livro é muito interessante, pois trata de uma personagem pouco conhecida fora do México, mas extremamente importante para toda a história do continente. Malintzin, Malinche, Malinali, ou seja lá como era de fato o nome dela. São poucos livros que se dispõe a falar sobre "La Conquista" que retratam-na com tanta profundidade. Sem escolher um dos lados (embora com claras tendencias a mostrar uma suposta nobreza de caráter indígena em detrimento da falta de caráter espanhola) a narrativa nos conduz as profundezas do abismo, tal como deve ter sido os últimos dias de uma grande civilização.O ponto negativo é que por ser um romance, ela poderia abordar mais a vida da protagonista antes da chegada dos espanhóis, mostrando aspectos da cultura meso americana, como Gary Jennings faz em Asteca.Mas o livro é sobre a Noite Triste, então isso é perdoável. Para quem se interessa por história das américas, em especial da conquista do México (E leu Asteca de Gary Jennings), esse é um livro essencial, pois vai mostrar um outro lado de uma cultura obliterada e que pode ajudar a entender alguns aspectos da cultura Latino Americana, como por exemplo a força de suas mulheres.

  • Sara
    2019-02-24 20:08

    This book is amazingly lyrical and well-written, however I struggled with the subject matter along with the many scenes that depicted violence in such a way as to be disturbing. It takes place in Mexico during the conquest of the Aztec empire by Hernan Cortes. It seems well-researched, however I am not knowledgeable enough about Aztec customs and history to know how accurately all is portrayed. I'm not sure it matters in what is essentially a story about a native lover of Cortes. This woman's circumstances begin on a high note, deliver her to slavery, and ultimately to Cortes himself. Few of the conquerors are painted in a positive light, and few of the natives as well. I struggled to finish it, and in the end found it unsatisfying.

  • Mirah W
    2019-03-10 22:11

    I really wish I would have liked this book as much as the other reviewers here. I was excited to read about a topic I had not read much about in the past. The book started out was interesting, dramatic, and pulled me in. That quickly dissipated into a droning black hole. I had to force myself to keep reading. When I still had a quarter of the book left I had to start skimming passages to get through it. I could skip while paragraphs and not miss anything crucial to the plot. The last two or three chapters were good and had the same dramatic pull as the beginning of the novel. I was very disappointed.

  • Gretchen
    2019-03-21 20:26

    This book dragged on forever it seems. I read more about codpieces and genital scratching than is necessary for a lifetime. I just skipped through the last 100 pages to see who lived or died. I have to believe there is better literature out there about this time period.

  • Darla
    2019-03-07 21:21

    This was picked up on a whim at a library sale and was a delightful surprise. Vibrant characters and a fascinating story line - I wanted to know what was to become of Malintzin & Cortez and his crew. Fascinating read. I'm looking forward to reading her other books.

  • hagar
    2019-02-24 21:26

    I love this writer! The prose is beautiful, and there is so much fascinating detail about Mayan and Aztec cultures and Cortes' brutal campaign to control modern-day Mexico.

  • Natasha Kucic
    2019-03-17 23:25

    Interesting book about Mayans....must read about explorers....and should be required reading for history class

  • Renee
    2019-03-23 16:28

    I very much like the writing style of Frances Sherwood and the story lines in the books. Another enjoyable book.

  • Holly
    2019-03-03 19:25

    Overall this book had a good storyline. The characters each came to life in their own way.Some really slow parts made the process of reading it difficult at times.

  • Dfunky1
    2019-03-08 00:24

    Sherwood conjures up Mexico on the cusp of conquest by the Spanish. She builds the story using both historical and imagined characters; the result is enthralling.