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ISBN13: 9780395284254
ISBN10: 0395284252
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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 abandoned 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 the 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 civilization.

About the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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pdxtommyg, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by pdxtommyg)
will try to purchase in person next time in Portland. Live in Los Angeles. Powell's is a fantastic
place for books, browsing, reading and a good coffee!
First read this book years ago. My supervisor said I would really like it.
He was absolutely correct.
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scifigurl66, March 18, 2009 (view all comments by scifigurl66)
I LOVE this book. It will please may, including folks like me who love for-lack-of-a-better-term anthropological scifi and fantasy. If you like this, check out Macaulay's Black and White which is mind-tweaking in a different way. Well, you really can't go wrong with Macaulay.
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medieval_student, July 20, 2006 (view all comments by medieval_student)
Especially to historians--but in fact to everyone--this must be one of the most hysterically funny lampoons ever written of over-eager romantic interpretations of the past--as funny as Robert Nathan's "Digging the Weans." In MOTEL, Macaulay, the writer-illustrator-historian of techology who gave us CASTLE and CATHEDRAL (right up my winding Medieval lane!), drew a picture of a lady who strangely resembles Heinrich Schliemann's wife, Sophia, but instead of wearing the purported "treasure of Priam" around her neck she wears a ritual toilet seat. And there are many more important discoveries of ritual & romance discovered by Howard--(hmm; coincidental name, eh?--, excavator of the Toot 'n' C'mon Motel. You'd need to be dead not to love this one!
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Product Details

Macaulay, David
Harcourt Brace and Company
Boston :
Civilization, Modern
Humorous Stories
North America
Form - Parodies
North America Antiquities Humor.
Civilization, Modern -- 1950-
North America Antiquities.
HUMOR / Parodies
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
October 1979
Grade Level:
from 7
11.34x8.03x.37 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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