- Author:David MacAulay
- Publisher:Houghton Mifflin (January 1, 1988)
- Pages:95 pages
- Subcategory:History & Criticism
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Macaulay's Motel of the Mysteries is a classic, hilarious send-up of archaeological investigation and interpretation, in which anything we don't understand is interpreted as having had religious significance.
Macaulay's Motel of the Mysteries is a classic, hilarious send-up of archaeological investigation and interpretation, in which anything we don't understand is interpreted as having had religious significance. Written in the same style as old National Geographic articles (especially the classic coverage of Howard Carter's opening of Tutankhamen's tomb), it presents a comically garbled interpretation of a 20th Century motel that is excavated centuries later, only to be mis-interpreted as a tomb complex.
Motel of the Mysteries book. I think David Macaulay is better known for his non-fiction illustrated books, often aimed at children, that explain how things were made, but I loved this illustrated spoof of archaeology. It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has. In 4022, archaeologists excavate a cheap motel buried in the 1985 disaster that covers North America with a solidified crust composed of junk mail, and solidified air pollution – and proceed to systematically misinterpret the site as an ancient mortuary, based upon the one room that contained a couple of skeletons.
David Macaulay was born in Burton upon Trent and raised in. .Great Moments in Architecture (1978). Motel of The Mysteries (1979).
David Macaulay was born in Burton upon Trent and raised in Lancashire, England.
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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.
The book is called Motel of the Mysteries and is written by David MacAulay. In this book the story starts in the present where the whole intire Northern American Continent is covered with an avalance of junk mail. Instantly killing everyone, there is not much known about the 'Yanks' from then on. That is untill the year 4022 where an amateur archeologist finds himself at the entrance of an ancient 'Usa' burial site.
Motel of the Mysteries - David Macaulay. Perhaps by the year 4022, nobody will think this is funny, but so far time has not dulled the wit of Macaulay's wonderful little book. kimreadthisGo to kimreadthis's profile. What a great premise - humans of the far-off future excavate a hotel from the United States from the 1970s/1980s.
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Those books often had their funny side notes, but in Motel of the Mysteries Macaulay turns positively wicked, bringing .
Those books often had their funny side notes, but in Motel of the Mysteries Macaulay turns positively wicked, bringing his British-born sensibility to bear as he skewers the idea that America’s greatest accomplishments will be recognized for what they were long after they’re gone. There’s another, subtler swipe at us in the book, too. When American fiction considers the end of the country, we tend to assume our own crude, arrogant form of domino theory: that when we go, everything else will swiftly follow into the abyss. Our agonizing about our fate is often just another way of explaining that we don’t believe the planet would last long without us.