Her family is frantic, and a military man stationed in Afghanistan in 1946 is assigned to find out what happened to her. It covers ~13,000 years of religious history from a archeological point of view. Maybe it is simply the woman in me that enjoys reading of a great love tale, but this novel truly hit me. Michener cleverly weaves vivid and intriguing stories around each of the artifacts that are unearthed. But now my children have grown and left home, taking my cherished copy. Random punctuation marks appear in the middle of a word--such a abi;ding.
With Michener as our guide, Texas is a tale of patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development, violence and betrayal—a stunning achievement by a literary master. It provides detailed information on the lives of several people both enlisted and officers and their personal experiences and concerns while being stationed in Japan during the Korean War. If you are a sophisticated reader, you are expected to poke fun at his ramblings, personifications and the length of his novels. This is the first James Michener book I've read so I cant compare to other books he has written. If you wish to learn the history of the Middle East then I would strongly suggest you read this book.
And although both of their careers forbid their relationship, neither one of them is willing to give up the bond they share. This story takes place around an archaeological dig in Israel. It also covers Japanese social structure during the same time period, along with the relationship between American service personnel and Japanese nationals at that time. It gave up a personal history with fictional characters thrown in amongst real historical figures and events. However, the number of typos and errors is incredible.
Michener created a successful hybrid of dull history and exciting fiction, which ends up being entertaining and educational. And, by incorporating both Afghani and foreign perceptions of Afghani people and culture continuously throughout the novel, Michener achieves this goal. Michener weaves a compelling tale and his fascination and love for the land come through vividly. The native population, however, were treated more like incompetents who were incapable of managing their own lives and whose interests needed to be managed by the whites. It reads as a wonderful archeological novel, many familiar references, great beginning. This was one of the first books I ever read by James Michener, and what an introduction! The historical fiction written in 1965 is based in the early 1960's during an archaeological dig and traces the various layers of civilizations from caveman to Caanites to Jewish to Christian to Muslim to the present. Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists.
The Source Author s : Share In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. His research is incredibly detailed and his writing style is compelling. I finally decided to read it again and even though it's still excellent it doesn't seem to have the magic it used to have. Their friends Joe Kelly and Katsumi are only another example of how love conquers, or rather, should conquer, all. Michener's prose describes Japan as it was during the Korean war.
Good thing about it is that if one is not ready for such long reading commitment one can always skip some parts and read about the periods in history which interest one most. His works are engrossing - and none more so than Hawaii. Later on in the book I went back and read what I skipped. Hawaii, unlike Fiji and some other islands that imported large groups of laborers, allowed its immigrants to vote and to own land. It contained a couple of dozen people, provisions for a long journey, two bred sows, taro plants, and religious artifacts. I will finish - - but I can hardly wait until I get to the end of this brick. He didn't seem to be able to get past that.
For his latter books, Michener hired a team of fact-checkers, and it would have been most beneficial if he had had with this one. The gambler became intrigued with Nyuk's aggressiveness and intelligence while enroute to Hawaii, and by the time the ship docked he had decided to buy out her prostitution contract and marry her. By writing in a novel form , it made the history of the great state come to life and made it much easier to follow along. One of the highlights of the Israel trip was spending a half day at the ruins of Megiddo which was the location Michener used for the book. A lot of the young Japanese men joined all-Japanese military units, led by whites, and were sent to Europe to fight.
It was basically four books in one but the stories were inter- related. This was my first and most endearing. Surprisingly, I found out that the book was actually easy to read, fascinating, and highly entertaining, and I whizzed right through it boy, did I think I was smart afte that! They proved to be some of the bravest and fiercest soldiers involved in the Second World War. Yet Michener book is chock full of insights and predictions that came to pass. James Michener was an avid student of history with an in-depth knowledge of the South Pacific, and his first novel, in fact, Tales of the South Pacific, won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
If you are going to South Africa and are a reader, I cannot recommend this book enough. Would the erotic sense of unconditional love that he feels for this girl, circumvent the problems he would encounter because of the sensibilities of the day? It guided our sightseeing in a way. The Novel A Novel A Novel By James A. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation. It is unlikely the Kochi would have taken the circular route described to reach the Oxus, since there was virtually no vegetation for them to eat along the way. One of my co-travelers had reread it in preparation for the trip - that says a lot for a book more than 1100 pages long! I immediately started another Michener classic - The Source - after I finished Hawaii.