Search Results: "James A. Michener"


BOOK REVIEW

A MICHENER MISCELLANY, 1950-1970 by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1973

"Actually these are 'compositions' — 'Why I Collect Art'; 'My First Article' — and although they have received good marks at Pleasantville, we say D-."
To stomach James Michener you've got to have a brain made of cast-iron kitsch. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1981

"Mostly canned constructiveness and blatant boosterism—but with the pictures here and on TV, it won't displease the multitudes who, understandably, want no truck with talk of 'malaise."
The American Dream is alive and well in Michener's USA—witness the "new optimism" in New England, the prevalence of "racial cooperation" in the Old South, the one-generation ascent of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. Read full book review >

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RECESSIONAL by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Wooden and schematic."
In his 41st book, Michener (Creatures of the Kingdom, 1993, etc.) offers a feel-good vision of life in a complex for the elderly, oddly skewed by its young protagonist. Read full book review >

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CARIBBEAN by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1989

"Michener is always Michener: this almanac in narrative form will give his huge following a lot of new information painlessly without putting them through any deeply imagined fictional experience."
Is anywhere on earth safe from Michener's roving eye? Read full book review >

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SPACE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1982

"Big-Book readership."
America's space program, from WW II roots to the 1980s, is the subject of Michener's new mega-faction—so those readers who relished the dynasty/historical-romance aspects of his multi-century epics (Chesapeake, The Covenant, etc.) are likely to be disappointed by the smaller scope and quieter action here. Read full book review >

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CHESAPEAKE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 1978

"That considerable gift, together with the immense Michener clout, is sure to send millions of readers plunging into what seems like a million blandly readable pages of humdrum history and formula fiction."
Without the frame or the focus that loosely held Centennial together, this massive but arbitrarily fragmented East-Coast community history—a Maryland island, 1583-1978—is almost devoid of traditional novelistic pleasure. Read full book review >

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KENT STATE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1971

"As a work of interpretive journalism, it is far less scrupulous than I. F. Stone's Killings At Kent State (1970)."
Michener and staff have produced a collage, now appearing in the Reader's Digest, of graphic second-hand accounts, reconstructions of student life and town sentiment, interpretations and misinterpretations of the Kent State events of May 1970. Read full book review >

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IBERIA by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1968

"In any case, it will travel—and the Book-of-the-Month Club selection is just another assurance of its predictable popularity."
Michener contributes a gigantic guidebook and, via some 500 pages in relatively small print, has seen and reviewed Spain. Read full book review >

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THE VOICE OF ASIA by James A. Michener
Released: Oct. 29, 1951

"Creative journalism, which goes to the heart of the matter."
While some of this material appeared in the Herald Tribune and in Life, the presentation here is so integrated, so focussed to the central theme, that one feels only a sense of use of the same sources, methods of interviewing, and coverage. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO PARADISE by James A. Michener
Released: April 23, 1951

"The quality of the writing will do the rest."
Michener can write and he has a flair for selection of material that fits his pen. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 1989

"Lutton to commemorate the expedition—this is a mere day-trip through Michener's heavy-handed prose and easy travel, no doubt a best-seller."
Cut from the manuscript of Alaska, written in the same flat, fact-filled style, this chapter from the Klondike Gold Rush recounts a disastrous English expedition doggedly intent on reaching the gold fields without straying from Empire soil. Read full book review >