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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PILGRIMAGE by James A. Michener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"The brief (128-page), happy-talk text has 39 photographs of notables and lesser lights, which include shots of baseball great Start Musial playing the clown in the Colosseum and elsewhere."
A pretentious trifle from a writer whose fiction, whatever its artistic deficiencies, can at least usually be described as substantial. Read full book review >

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THE COVENANT by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 1980

"Easy to put down, then (in both senses of the word), but worthy and welcome."
Is this 900-page South Africa saga much more spotty and ill-shaped than Chesapeake and Centennial—or does it just seem so because we can't automatically fill in the gaps of history ourselves this time? Read full book review >

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CENTENNIAL by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1974

"An amazing amount of history, effortlessly digestible, the source of The Source's great attraction for many of those home historians, since Michener, with his seven league clodhoppers, does cover a lot of ground."
Highly respected scholar-historian Dr. Lewis Vernor is hired by US to re-research a story on Centennial, Colorado. Read full book review >

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THE SOURCE by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1965

"June Book-of-the-Month Club selection."
This endless diorama of gods, graves and a scholar begins at the archaeological site of an American, Cullinan, at Makor (in old Hebrew- The Source). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1959

"Luxuriously bound, an ideal gift selection."
A prodigious collector of the Japanese woodblock, James Michener, popular author of Sayonara and other books on the Far East, offers the reader a panoramic view of the acomplishments of the ukiyo-e (pictures of the fleeting world) masters over a period of two centuries. Read full book review >

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BRIDGE AT ANDAU by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1957

"The bitter, courageous days come back to living reality — and their lesson should prepare us for the future."
A superb reporter gives his readers — in human terms- the story of the Hungarian revolution, as he learned through the refugees he helped to safety across the bridge at Andau — a bridge "across whose unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation". Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1946

"Don't well as war stuff, in the ordinary sense, but as stories rooted in the experiences of the last few years."
Strictly popular story telling, good stuff for men, this is well handled material on the ways and means by which a war was fought, and the men who fought, not always with guns, and the carefree moments that broke the tension and monotony. 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 >