In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Through the discoveries of modern. THE SOURCE BY JAMES A. MICHENER. Description. An archaeological excavation of Tell Makor launches a journey into the history and culture of the Jews. PDF | This essay examines the structure of James Michener's novel The Source ( ) along with its incorporation of elements of various.
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"The best novel of James Michener's career." Milwaukee JournalGold fever swept the world in The chance for untold riches sent thousands of dreamers on. The Source () by James A. Michener is the story of a tell, an ancient Dust jacket cover from The Source with the image of Tell Makor. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Fascinating a wonderful rampage through history. ”—The New York Times “James Michener is something rare and valuable: an.
Therefore, men of Polynesia and Boston and China and Mount Fuji and the barrios of the Philippines, do not come to these islands empty-handed, or craven in spirit, or afraid to starve.
There is no food here. In these islands there is no certainty. Bring your own food, your own gods, your own flowers and fruits and concepts. For if you come without resources to these islands you will perish On these harsh terms the islands waited. No man leaves where he is and seeks a distant place unless he is in some respect a failure.
It is difficult to be king when the gods are changing. In later years, it would become fashionable to say of the missionaries, "They came to the islands to do good, and they did right well. They stole every goddamned thing that wasn't nailed down.
You love the Hawaiians as potential Christians, but you despise them as people. I am proud to say that I have come to exactly the opposite conclusion, and it is therefore appropriate that I should be expelled from a mission where love is not.
Engineers do them. On 24 October Planet Earth was following its orbit about the sun as it has obediently done for nearly five billion years. First lines An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
In each case, one of the characters in the chapter had some contact with the artifact and the chapter explains how the artifact came to be found at the site. The book is rich in the teaching of the traditions and cultures of the various religions that existed in that area from paganism through the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and how they interacted.
Most of the emphasis is on Makor and how the people, especially those of the Family of Ur, existed. Most of the problems in the early stages of history were based on religion and the book explains what happened in a society as different religions developed and came into existence.
Most of the tracing of the Jewish religion takes place through four characters and through these four characters, the faith and culture are explained and revealed with explanations of how the culture evolved the way it did.
The book is interesting and one of the best that Michener has written. Michener makes history come alive for the readers in the interesting journey from primitive times to the s.
In , they divorced, and the same year Michener married his second wife, Vange Nord. Michener divorced Nord in and married Sabusawa the same year.
She died in The novel follows their cross-cultural Japanese romance and illuminates the racism of the post-WWII time period. By , his gifts made him UTA's largest single donor to that time. Over the years, Mari Michener played a major role in helping direct his donations.
He said he had accomplished what he wanted and did not want further physical complications. On October 16, , he died of kidney failure, at age He wrote: "Many of the fondest memories of my travels stem back to my years of military service in the New Hebrides -- now Vanuatu -- during the Pacific War years of the early s While those beautiful islands have changed much with progress in the ensuing years, I know from subsequent visits that the friendliness of the peoples, their infectious smiles and their open-heartedness will remain forever one of life's treasures.
In a interview, he said it was a luxury for him, a young man, to stay at the Raffles Hotel then, and that he had the time of his life. He returned on a later trip. The suite was officially christened by Steven J. Green , Ambassador of United States to Singapore.
Michener Art Museum houses collections of local and well-known artists. Two prominent permanent fixtures are the James A.