2. Binaries and the Liminal
There are a lot of binary opposites in this book, and a lot of standing in the in-between space (liminality). In Chapter 13 (page 129 in my book), Casiopea is described as “caught in an in-between state” regarding whom she can socialize with because of her grandfather’s edits. Of course, she is in an in-between state in others ways, too. Particularly, she and Hun-Kamé are in an in-between state as they share their divinity and humanity with each other during the bulk of the novel.
In addition to the class and divinity/humanity states, I noticed religion/secularity, Christianity / Mayan religion, good/evil, male/female status, small town / big city, colorism (lighter skin color more highly valued in both small town and big city, Vucb-Kamé / Hun-Kamé, and lots more.
Were any of these binary opposites or the in-between states interesting to you?