Michener's novel covering Poland's recent history, with its conflict between Church and State, worker and leader, and the Poland of centuries gone by, struggling to retain its land and identity in the face of stronger powers on all sides. Interwoven with the action are the fates of three families.Michener's novel covering Poland's recent history, with its conflict between Church and State, worker and leader, and the Poland of centuries gone by, struggling to retain its land and identity in the face of stronger powers on all sides. Interwoven with the action are the fates of three families.Read Less
Fair. Size: f2-3203; Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Very Good + in Good jacket. The pages inside look fine but at the top edges a fine water stain line is visible. must not have gone into pages. however the jacket is wavery at that area. scuffed but not really torn up. 282a
Good in good dust jacket. Octavo 9 1/2'x6 3/8'. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Book Club Edition. Slight wear and foxing to page edges. Ink stamp on bottom gutter. Spine leaned and worn with some wrinkling to cloth and bumping to head and foot. Boards rubbed. Edge wear. Bumping to corners. DJ rubbed and scuffed. Damp-staining on inside of DJ. Edge wear to DJ with several chips and tears.
Very Good in Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Type: Hard Back First Printing. Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition with a Good Dust Jacket in clear archival protective cover. Bright red cloth binding with sharp and bright gilt insignia on front and titles in red title block on spine. Spotless condition, with faint rubbing to lower corners and spine heel which is tanned on a quarter inch strip at the bottom. Binding is tight, solid, square, with sharp corners. Endpapers illustrated with maps of the scene of the novel and of the Polish State. Internals are slightly toned otherwise as new. Jacket bright and clean with slight wear to corners, spine head and heel with a tiny closed tear to the front edge. Jacket has original publisher's price on jacket flap. The main body of the book covers eight important periods of Polish history, from the 13th century to the present day--with a succession of heroic efforts to repel invaders: Tartars, Germans, Swedes, Turks, Russians. By the end of the 18th century, Poland disappeared from the map, having been absorbed by Germany, Austria, and Russia; this persisted until the end of the First World War. The War Years, before and after, are an integral part of the Polish story. But this vivid history also shows that the Polish people were still able to enjoy life abundantly--the reader will experience the good time of their enjoyment of music, of dancing and feasting, of romance and intrigue, of the glamour of Warsaw and Vienna.556 pages. 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Random Hoouse, New York, 1983.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0394531892. A novel. First printing (with blind-stamp on rear board). SIGNED by the author on bound-in front endpage. Previous owner's blind-stamp on the signed page, stray pen mark on front free endpaper, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author(s) 1st Printing. pp. 556. From an auction of modern first editions and an offered lot of James Michener books--with the auction tag laid into the book--a near-fine copy in a near-fine and unclipped dustjacket--this copy is signed by Michener on the half title page without inscriptions--signature only. Some very light dustiness to the page edges and overall toning--the dustjacket is complete--with just a small amount of rubbing to the panels. Offered by a Michener specialist. Shipped Priority mail at media mail pricing. Protected in an acetate archival dustjacket protector.
GREAT BOOK. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO READ. GRIPPING STORY ON THE BIRTH OF POLAND AND ITS PEOPLE.
Mar 29, 2012
The dark history of Poland from Ghengis Kahn through the dismal Communist era is told through fictional stories. The freedom- loving Polish people have found scant freedom throughout history and are pitied, respected and loved by the reader. Michener makes the history go down easily, as usual!
Even if you are not so interested in Poland, this sweeping story, involving all of Europe, may interest you.
Apr 28, 2011
I've just finished reading "The Covenant" and "The Source"; however, "Poland" is my favorite, as it has tied up so many loose ends for me. Part of the book fits with our current terrorist problem, but the big question that this book left unanswered: The Nazis were attempting genocide toward the Poles as well as the Jews, so when a nation has experienced this, how can a portion of its population still be anti- Semitic?
I started Michener's "Legacy" yesterday, which deals with our constitution.
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