Centennial: A Novel (Paperback)

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By James A. Michener, Steve Berry (Introduction by)
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Michener is known for telling the whole story, he is not generally in a hurry and is very generous with words, this book is no exception.  If you want a story rich in history, Michener is an excellent choice. 

In portraying the West and the settling of Colorado he uses a vast canvas with an interesting and varied cast of characters.  Levi Zendt travels with his bride Ellie (they married them young back in the day!) from Pennsylvania to Colorado.  Lame Beaver, an Arapaho Chief, struggles against the overwhelming tide of settlers. The Garrets try to hang onto a farm in harsh circumstance. Of course we could not have a true western story without a cattle drive from Texas to Colorado with a colorful trail boss.  A cowboy falls in love with an Englishwoman, lending romance to this novel of Colorado. 

If you enjoy stories of western history, Michener does not disappoint.  It is rich in historic detail and story.

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.
 
Praise for Centennial
 
“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”Los Angeles Times
 
“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”The Plain Dealer
 
“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”The Pittsburgh Press
 
“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”BusinessWeek

About the Author


James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Praise For…


“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”Los Angeles Times
 
“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”The Plain Dealer
 
“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”The Pittsburgh Press
 
“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”BusinessWeek
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812978421
ISBN-10: 0812978420
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Publication Date: May 29th, 2007
Pages: 1104
Language: English