FOR C.M. MAYO'S
METAPHYSICAL ODYSSEY INTO THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION:
FRANCISCO I. MADERO AND HIS SECRET BOOK, SPIRITIST MANUAL
NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR HISTORY
"In my fifteen
years of researching the life of President Francisco I. Madero,
I have never read a more complete book as the one just written
by C.M. Mayo. It
will simply surprise any reader. The research is impeccable and the narrative
Guerra de Luna, author of Los Madero: La Saga Liberal
obra de Catherine Mansell Mayo rompe con la forma tradicional
de las biografías y de las reconstrucciones históricas
de orden cronológico y académico. La libertad con
que escribe, sus virtudes literarias, su estilo fresco y la forma
como articula las conexiones entre distintas épocas, la
manera como encadena las pequeñas biografías de
sus múltiples personajes o actores y las coincidencias
que encuentra en la vida real e imaginaria del pasado y del presente,
incluyendo sus circunstancias personales, constituyen un aporte
historiográfico sin precedente y un modelo de referencia
idóneo, para abordar con otra mirada el tiempo y el contexto
que giran en torno a un libro y a Madero como su autor....El
gran aporte de la obra de Catherine es que cumple con creces su propósito
de entender y explicar el contexto en el que Madero escribió
su Manual Espírita
Yolia Tortolero Cervantes, author of El espiritismo seduce a Francisco
"Having finished her fascinating The Last Prince of the
Mexican Empire, C.M. Mayo offers another dazzling work
in her own fluid, poetic and highly visual prose. Her translation of the
Spiritist Manual of Don Francisco Madero (intellectual,
revolutionary, mystic and President of Mexico until his assassination
in 1913,) makes this work available for the first time in 100
years. It is enhanced by Mayos account in the first third
of the book of the history of spiritualism from Swedenborg to
the present day and in the second third by her galloping history
of Mexican independence. The last third translates Maderos
Manual Espírita, concerning the meaning of life.
Those who are familiar with the ideas of New Thought, Swedenborg,
metaphysical churches, the Bhagavad Gita, White Brotherhood,
reincarnation or the Theosophists will find themselves on familiar
ground, but the Manual, laid out in a format of Q &
A, makes the Mysteries so simple that even readers with no spiritualist
background will find themselves drawn in. By the time I finished
I wished for a Don Francisco Madero to guide us today, a politican
who is also a mystic and intellect.
Burnham, author of A Book of Angels
"I found C.M. Mayos
book to be very engaging and well-written. This is not your typical
history, or even esoteric history book. Mayo is a profoundly creative and insightful
artist who is able to bring her own perspective into the frame
while enhancing our understanding of her subjects. This is a
masterful introduction to a topic that hasnt been explored
in this accessible way before, and may never be again. If you enjoy esotericism, history, politics,
and the way that they sometimes intersect, I highly recommend
you read C.M. Mayos Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican
Kaminsky, host of Occult of Personality
fascinating story of Madero, called the Apostle of Democracy
is told by C. M. Mayo in her 2014 book Metaphysical Odyssey
into the Mexican Revolution, which includes her English translation
of Maderos book, Manual espirita (Spiritist Manual).
Michael Tymn, author of The Articulate Dead, and
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disbelief, dear reader, and spend a few moments with the Spiritist
Manual. After its introduction by Mayo, I started in on it,
expecting to be bored silly as I usually am by most ritualistic
spiritual manuals excluding writers like
Blavatsky...and what some now refer to as the "Neo-Modernist
Buddhists:" Jack Kornfeld, Mark Epstein, Jakusho Kwong Rosh,
Alan Watts, and the late prison guru, Bo Lozoff. Despite my affection
for these writers, it was with heavy heart that I embarked on
the pages of The Metaphysical Odyssey. But, I am here
to tell you: they
were, if you pardon the expression, a revelation..."
Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities
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"Mayo... provides not only an English translation of Madero's
Spiritist Manual, but also a lively introduction... The author
argues effectively that Madero's manual is essential to understanding
his revolutionary zeal."
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution paints a complex picture
of a curious crossroads in history, where the rise and fall of
a regime coincided with a spiritual and social awakening with
the potential to rewrite a country's future. Kudos to Mayo
for introducing us to both the man and his message."
Francisco Book Review
have read and interpreted the soul of Mexico as Mayo has... Mayos signal achievement is to
be the first translator of a much stranger book of Maderos,
his Spiritist Manual (Manual Espírita, 1911),
and to include it in her study of Maderos metaphysical
vision...[Mayo's] translators notes and her research into
Madero and related arcana such as the Biblioteca Orientalista
have produced a long and winding study that satisfies both with
its thoroughness and with its titillating other-worldiness....
is as entertaining as it is informative. In the end, though,
it is more. Its somewhat haunting. This
derives partly from Maderos valor and genuineness and partly
from the cri de coeur of an entire nation seeking a new way."
"Interesting, in an odd way, as the 90 page Spiritist
Manual is, it is Mayos own story of how she came
to translate the book, that holds you. The strange paths of research
and scholarship it led her into that makes up the bulk of her
own Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexico Revolution....we
are embarking on a journey into the not unknown, but forgotten
intellectual past. Mayo who after all is a travel
writer, among her several talents is our guide on what
is as much her own "Metaphysical Odyssey" as a
journey down roads less traveled, but with one heck of an unusual
is a 'must read' for anyone interested in Mexican history. It's the true story
of the role ghosts (well, actually, spirits) played in contributing
to the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution...This book has the
great merit of reminding us that real history is replete with
uncomfortable facts that need to be remembered if we are to begin
to understand their legacy."
"In this delightfully
engaging book, C.M. Mayo brings to vivid light an aspect of Mexican
history astonishingly neglected by most historians: the Spiritist beliefs
and practices of Francisco Madero, instigator and first leader
of the world-historical event that was the Mexican Revolution
of 1910. Fruit of considerable research, this volume includes
the first translation into English of Madero's Spiritist Manual,
itself an invaluable contribution to the historical record."
does a brilliant job combining the known facts of the Mexican
Revolution and Madero's role within it, and creates an intellectual
bridge to the president's spiritist belief structure. He was not the hopeless
idealist so many historians have proclaimed him to be. Neither
was he inept or indecisive. Rather, his personality was deeply
rooted in a sharply defined vision for a future Mexico. .. With
her translation of the Spiritist Manual, C.M. Mayo opened
this incredible window into the metaphysical side of the Mexican
Revolution that might otherwise have been forgotten."
author of In
Plain Sight: Felix Sommerfeld, Spymaster in Mexico
astonishing are the greats whose inner tracks wholly diverge
from their renown. Such a case is Francisco I. Madero, first
president of Mexico after the 1910 revolution, whose political
genius was immersed in mysticism, and equally extraordinary is
C. M. Mayo's account of this paradox in Metaphysical Odyssey
into the Mexican Revolution. Threading the tortuous path
of Madero from birth to assassination, and culminating in the
first translation into English of the little-known Spiritist
Manual of this master of statecraft, Mayo's account brings to life
the duality of the singular founder of Mexican democracy."
Berger, author of The Telling Distance: Conversations with
the American Desert
many Spiritualists in the United States and Europe are aware
that Francisco I. Madero, leader of the 1910 revolution and President
of Mexico, 1911-1913 was a practicing medium, regularly sat in
a home circle and even authored a book for mediumship development?
Madero's personal library included a large assortment of classic
Spiritualist literature including Spanish translations of works
in English and French by such pioneers as J.M. Peebles and Allan
Kardec. C. M. Mayo provides an extremely informative introduction
to the first English translation of the secret book written by
one of Mexico's major national heroes. Anyone interested in the history
of international Spiritualism as well as mediumistic unfoldment
will find this manual invaluable."
Stephen A. Hermann, National Spiritualist
Mayo's lively, clear style drew me right into Metaphysical
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution. Her
impeccable scholarship, conveyed with wit and humour, makes this fascinating
Gulland, internationally bestselling author of the Josephine
Mayo has written a fine new book... One look at the subtitle Francisco I. Madero
and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual is enough to tell you her work is both
demanding and ambitious. It is demanding in part because it begins
by summarizing a century of fine-print esoteric thinking in little
more than 100 pages. It is ambitious because of its goal:
wants to change our most basic thinking about the Mexican Revolution....Mayo's large contribution
in this book is to remind us of what we way too easily forget.
Francisco Madero was a countryman of El Niño Fidencio,
of Teresa Urrea, aka La Santa de Cabora. He was born in
a land of faith-healers and desert saints, into a belief system
built on four millennia of shamanism..."
Garrison, author of Because I Don't Have Wings: Stories of
Mexican Immigrant Life
well-crafted outcome of a sharp mind and meticulous research,
combined with serendipity."
Burton, author of West Mexico and Geo-Mexico
a great book. Ive read a lot on Madero, but this book gives
the reader such a different view of the man. It fleshes out his
true personality and sheds light on the forces that truly drove
him. Since Spiritism was such an important part of his life,
one couldnt really know the man without examining that
aspect of his personality. Moreover, Madero was writing his book
on Spiritism at the same time that he was running for the presidency
showing how important that belief was in his life. I especially
appreciated the rich detail the author provided regarding Maderos
last days before he was assassinated that matched the solid research
that the remainder of this book demonstrates."
Caballero, author of Lynching Pascual Orozco
Odyssey has no literary equivalents. Mayo seamlessly interwove historical,
spiritual, and personal details about Francisco Madero and the
Mexican Revolution in a way that kept me turning without pause. The translation of Spiritist
Manual provides a unique look at a hundred-year-old secret
manifesto that is both interesting and highly relatable today."
Gravett, author of Chimney Rock National Monument
be thrown off by the academic-sounding titlethis book is
like a rambling conversation with a really smart friend who knows
a great deal more than you do, but truly enjoys telling the story
to you, and does it in an entertaining and enlightening way."
delicious potpourri of political and cultural history,
philosophy, literary detective work, and memoir"
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
THE LAST PRINCE OF THE MEXICAN EMPIRE
A Library Journal Best Book, 2009
"Once upon a time,
there was a little half-American boy who briefly became heir
to the Mexican throneuntil his distraught parents sued
the doomed Emperor Maximilian for his return. As in the best
historical fiction, Mayo's sparkling first novel transforms a
forgotten historical footnote into a spellbinding, heartbreaking
tale filled with drama and fascinating characters."
"It is a hefty, sprawling
work, more than 400 pages long, but at no point does it begin
to sag under its own weight. Perhaps because its spread is solidly
supported by facts, Mayo's intricate plot trips along at a natural,
inexorable pace, easily traveling the sweeping map she has laid
out for it, from Washington to Mexico City and all the way to
the imperial halls of Europe... a swashbuckling, riotous good
time, befitting the fairy-tale promise of the opening sentence."
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
"With elegant prose
and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written one
of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended"
if only I had been at C.M. Mayo's side in her rendezvous through
Baja California... My recourse is her joyful, intellectually
author of The Hispanic Condition
breathtaking vision of the past, present, and future of [Baja
California]... Meticulously researched... a valuable combination
of historical and social study"
"A luminous exploration
of Baja California, from its southern tip at Cabo San Lucas to
its 'lost city' of Tijuana... [Mayo] takes the fiction writer's
impulse and blends it with the instincts of a journalist to create
a work of nonfiction that elides into modern myth"
Angeles Times Book Review
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
MEXICO: A TRAVELER'S LITERARY COMPANION
of the outstanding contemporary works on this country"
Huerta, El Universal, Mexico City
is a book to throw in a suitcase or mochila (backpack)
on the way to Mexico or just settling into a favorite patio chair.
It will open your eyes, fill you with pleasure and render our
perennial vecinos a little less distante."
Times Book Review
anthology . . . allows readers who do not have roots in Mexico
or who have never traveled there a glimpse into the rich diversity
of people and landscape. For travelers, these selections enhance
exploration and offer vistas beyond the scope of the usual tourist
guide. For other readers, they provide a clearer understanding
of the cultural and social forces that shape today's Mexico.
it was like opening a door and walking into a brightly lit room
filled with all kinds of literary treasures"
FOR C.M. MAYO'S
SKY OVER EL NIDO
"A remarkable literary
debut... tautly fashioned prose, alive with myriad turns of phrase
as on-target as they are idiosyncratic."
writes some of the most exquisitely fashioned, perfectly measured
prose alive in the world today. Her stories glitter with delicious
odd details. They feel electrically charged, richly mysterious,
and rhythmic. I love her layering of cultures, her offbeat humor,
her potent instinct for voices. Bravo! Captivating! Yes, yes,
haywire circuits of our whole electrically but not ethically
connected global village stand exposed in Mayo's work. Sky
Over El Nido won the 1995 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short
Fiction. I am not surprised."
Toolan, S.J., Commonweal
Over El Nido is a breath-taking first collection... These
stories are vibrant, strange, loaded with off-beat humor, exquisite
detail, and delivered with near-perfect pitch. Sky Over El
Nido shimmers with life."
Virginia Quarterly Review