Motel of the Mysteries
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 11th 1979
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
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I'm glad I read this again. I understand so much more of what's going on, though I know I'm still missing a great deal. It is so humorous to see them continually get things wrong. The TV as an altar - though that's not terribly far off - the bathroom as the inner burial chamber, and Monument Row. ...
Sometime in junior high or high school I bumped into Motel of the Mysteries in a library. And while I'm not sure it changed my life, it intrigued me like crazy, because other kids that I talked to weren't sure if it was real or not. The text seemed to imply that this was all true, sort of. (I don't ...
I first read this book when I was around 8 or 9 years old. It is a richly descriptive and satirical look at the archaeology/physical anthropology of our present (or the present at the time of publication, 1979) in the distant future. Page by page, future archaeologist Howard Carson uncovers the unto...
Pretty much a one-note joke, but fun.
I've read quite a few of David Macauley's books, mostly the ones like [b:Castle|847018|Castle|David Macaulay|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1295715078s/847018.jpg|1499337]: meticulously illustrated and highly researched nonfiction. Motel of the Mysteries is another thing entirely. Set nearly two mille...