The Source

by James A. Michener

Random House Publishing Group | March 12, 1986 | Mass Market Paperbound |

4 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews
Not yet rated | write a review
In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day Israel and the Middle-East conflict.
"A sweeping chronology filled with excitement."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1088 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 1.18 in

Published: March 12, 1986

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449211479

ISBN - 13: 9780449211472

Found in: Historical

save
10%

In Stock

$11.39

Online Price

$11.99 List Price

or, Used from $5.04

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

The Source

The Source

by James A. Michener

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1088 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 1.18 in

Published: March 12, 1986

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449211479

ISBN - 13: 9780449211472

Read from the Book

On Tuesday the freighter steamed through the Straits of Gibraltar and for five days plowed eastward through the Mediterranean, past islands and peninsulas rich in history, so that on Saturday night the steward advised Dr. Cullinane, “If you wish an early sigh of the Holy Land you must be up at dawn.” The steward was Italian and was reluctant to use the name Israel. For him, good Catholic that he was, it would always be the Holy Land. Some time before dawn Cullinane heard a rapping on his door and went on deck while the stars were still bright, but as the moon fell away toward areas he had left, the sun began to rise over the land he was seeking, and the crown of stars that hung over Israel glimmered fitfully and faded. The shoreline became visible, mauve hills in the gray dawn, and he saw three things he knew: to the left the white Muslim mosque of Akko, in the center the golden dome of the Bahai temple, and to the right, high on a hill, the brown battlements of the Catholic Carmelites. “Just like the Jews,” he said. “Denied religious liberty by all, they extend it to everyone.” He thought that might be a good motto for the new state, but as the freighter approached land he added, “I’d feel more like a traveler to Israel if they’d let me see one good synagogue.” But the Jewish religion was an internal thing, a system for organizing life rather than building edifices, and no Jewish religious structures were visible. E
read more read less

From the Publisher

In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day Israel and the Middle-East conflict.
"A sweeping chronology filled with excitement."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

From the Jacket

"Fascinating . . . a wonderful rampage through history."-The New York Times

"James Michener is something rare and valuable: an honorable craftsman doing honorable work. . . . He manages
to make history vivid."-The Boston Globe

"Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique. It is, in fact, one of the great books of this generation. . . . It will hold the interest of any reader, no matter what religion he may be."-San Francisco Call Bulletin


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Fascinating . . . stunning . . . [a] wonderful rampage through history . . . Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists."-The New York Times
 
"A sweeping [novel] filled with excitement-pagan ritual, the clash of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man's faith."-The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
"Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique . . . one of the great books of this generation."-San Francisco Call Bulletin


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart