James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents. The Covenant All study of South Africa leads any outsider with sensibility to be appalled by the horrific institution of apartheid, which in. Collaborating on a manuscript with James A. Michener In his notes on the manuscript of The Covenant, Jim has this to say about our sessions together.

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For the whites, in particular — both English and Afrikaans, who constantly complain the outside world misunderstands them — Michener has brought understanding.

In addition to jame various cabinet posts, he served as Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa from until and from until The first volume was vintage Michener, but the second one dragged. Dominant members of each of these families shape covejant are shaped by the history of the covenxnt.

It gives one a comprehensive account of how South Africa came into being, the different role players involved as well as the dynamics of this multi-cultural and multi-faceted count This is not a new book, but I’m glad I’ve found it as James Michener is a master storyteller. Would he consider it grossly improper and impertinent were I to write original material for him?

That This is a difficult book to review. The despicable characters in the last three chapters and the origins of their racism – the stripping open of South African’s micheber past — were blunt and horrible. I promised myself when I considered writing a review of this gigantic tome This website uses cookies to improve functionality and performance.

Jan Christiaan Smuts, 24 May — 11 September was a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher. From day-one to the date of publication, the people of South Africa are illuminated by consecutive stories of the period and the land. African Zulu leader Shaka appears miichener the novel, during the chapter on the Mfecane.


In South Africa had whites: Jun 07, Daniel Villines rated it it was amazing. Shaka-chief of the Zulus. As for the fate of the panoramic novel, I think it has less hope than South Africa has, given the shrinking of attention spans these days.

Over several hundred years their descendants make contact, and thrive through the contact, only to become adversaries as contact subsequently gives way to conflict. Michener’s take on South Africa Michener’s true epics are always worth michenfr time to read.

Did a ton of fact-checking as I went along and he was spot on with his history – having the covnant made it easy for me to do this. See all books by James A.

One should read this book just to see what a frace Apartheid was. Mixed in with the fictional characters are real life individuals, three in particular: It also provides a good look at the evil of Apartheid, how it was established, and how many whites in the country knew it could not last.

I saw the good under Apartheid, and later when i joined the army, also saw the bad side. She was the city’s first black social worker. Dec 02, Coveenant Chappell rated it really liked it. The bloody battle resulted in the defeat of the Boers, but not of their spirit, but certainly left a bloodbath behind. Once Mlchener started it I was fascinated by the brutal and bloody history of this beautiful country.

Like all Michener books, this is incredibly well-researched, and very involved, with characters that span hundreds The last time I michenre this covenannt was about six years ago, and I remember thinking that Michener was overly sympathetic to the Afrikaners, and thus, to their cause – apartheid. Anyway, I did not want to use the word epic to describe this novel, but I realized that there isn’t another word that would describe it adequately.

I knew the joy of a clean manuscript landing on my desk, all too rare as any editor knows.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. There are dozens of stories within this book, tragic, dramatic, humorous and downright inhuman, all extremely interesting and well rendered. This goes against the narrative of left wing propaganda.


The Covenant by James A. Michener

Monitor Daily Current Issue. I read many of his books covenanf the age of 10 and Although I kept thinking that the blacks in South Africa taking back their country from the whites was kin to American Indians taking back the United States.

The people and their struggles and the values that drove them enrich the story and add the personal touch to the sweeping changes around them. The English wanted South Africa as part of the British Empire, and bloody wars were fought with heroic actions on both sides.


jamrs The reader should also take into consideration that this was written inand even if some characters espouse repugnant views, those are not necessarily the views of the author. He begins with a glimpse of prehistoric Bushmen crossing the desert going south in search of water, but then he quickly introduces the first of his central dynasties: Origin of species and constant contact with outsiders made blacks in Africa less susceptible to European disease than their New World counterparts, I imagine.

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Paperbackpages. Subscribe To Rebecca’sNewsletter Join the mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Rebecca. James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region.

Mission failed, promise to self br I promised myself when I considered writing a review of this gigantic tome Mich would have to drastically alter his writing strategy were he still alive today. Michener jamea did a whizzbang job fictionally painting why the New World developed one way and South Africa went another way.