Michener took various important phases of Alaska's history and brought them to life with vivid and amazing detai. As the grandson of pioneers up here in Alaska, my kids are 4th generation born on the grands homestead, I can say I identify with so many aspects of this story it is hard to know where to start. Once he gets into the third chapter following a pack of mammoths and the life of a salmon things pick up a bit but the book still drags a bit. The invasion and repelling of the Japanese in the Aleutian Island sis covered well. Michener was mistaken to be the son of the Admiral Marc Mitscher by his base commanders and as a result, he was asked to travel on various assignments around the Pacific Ocean.
The story begins with the forming of the continent of North America and takes the reader through modern times. Michener Introduction by Steve Berry By James A. Epic, as a description, is thrown around far too often these days. All you need there is courage. I've tried a few times with Hawaii because my mom loves it, but I kept getting distracted.
When you paid your respects to Denali, you were knocking on the door of the Arctic Circle, which lay less than two hundred and fifty miles to the north. Alaska is an interesting example of nativist sentiment. His voice intonation brought a needed variety to the many characters. And if you will each day consume your portion of wort and rob. We even meet the dogs and salmon who form such an integral part of Alaska's story. That is not a bad thing, it was a very interesting story.
Both an education and a real pleasure, if you like Alaska — and of course everybody does — this is probably a must read. As always, there are many characters and scenarios; all enjoyable. The closest you can g For two months the author took me on a journey, soaring over majestic mountains and ice crusted seas. When it was on politics and the laws of the developing state of Alaska, not so much. Although some of the early characters were a tad two dimensional, by the end the characters were very layered and quite believable.
While we might consider all the native peoples as one group, simply called Eskimos, they are really three different groups with three totally separate migration histories. I've always had to break up books over 600-700 pages and read something in between because my interest flags, but not with this one. Here he sheds light on nature's most awesome and beguiling handiwork, from the sublime shaping and reshaping of earth's lands and seas to a ridiculous armadillo's assault on a bit of Texas real estate that paid off handsomely. I've always had to break up books over 600-700 pages and read something in between because my interest flags, but not with this one. I look forward to reading more of his books.
Now, thirty years later while I appreciate the books I cannot see them the same way. Thought I knew a fair amount about Alaska. His first novel was The Fires of Spring, which was published in 1949. Along the w Epic, as a description, is thrown around far too often these days. You sit on the train and slowly ride by dioramas from the past and present. Michener was a regular member of the college basketball team. Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for t James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region.
Michener is able to weave a story together like no one else I've read. It takes some dediaction and patience to get through, but it's well worth it. The novel describes the dwelling of Polynesian seafarers in the volcanic islands of Hawaii. Patti Koon, Vange Nord and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa were the three wives of Michener, he had divorced the first two before marrying the third one. A tremendous work from every point of view—thrilling, exciting, lusty, vivid, stupendous. It works well, although I must admit I had to set the speed to 1.
His first novel, , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book continues up to the 1980's. In addition, the book has a series of maps and a fact and fiction section. He was approached by Bob Mann, the famous American television producer for co-creating an anthology series and serving as a narrator, based on his first novel. Its broad valleys free of ice and its invigorating climate provided a hospitable resting place. He has described it as a story of distinct people who try to keep their identity and live in harmony with one another.
It follows the same format of several Michener books. More modern settlements occurred with the Russians, it was at that point that I was totally engrossed in the book — and stayed that way until the very end. I'm really kind of pissed about it. And it's all so swift. Hawaii A Novel A Novel A Novel By James A. When I first joined audible almost five years ago, the first thing I did was look up my favorite authors. All brought home through the book's characters.