Set in South Africa, beginning 15,000 years ago and ending with the Boer War, this is a novel about people caught up in the march of world history. It is a story of adventure and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal.Set in South Africa, beginning 15,000 years ago and ending with the Boer War, this is a novel about people caught up in the march of world history. It is a story of adventure and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal.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 Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Random House Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good condition. Deep yellow cloth, bronze rhino surrounded by bronze border, bronze and gilt lettering on spine. Tight binding, square, spine end gently bumped, lower corner crease. Jacket black with gold and white lettering and the rhino symbol in oval panel with yellow and white lettering on spine. Closed tear on spine end and back lower cover, bright, clean and otherwise unmarked. Decorative endpapers, front has map of the Nations of South Africa and surrounding lands, back endpapers has map of Travels and Treks. Among all of Michener's historically fictionalized novels this is near the top of his form. Beginning 15, 000 years ago, following the San/Bushmen in their travels to find a new homeland, the first European settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, follwing the steps of the van Doorn family, the Boer War, (1899-1902) and how the hostility turned their victory to a political triumph for the Boers. A massive, tumultous voyage of the South Africa nation. New York: Random House, 1980 First Edition. 6.205" x 9.5" tall; xii, 872pp. plus Glossary and Genealogical Charts.
Very Good. Over-Sized &/or Over-Weight Bk. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. 1238 pp. Over-sized and/or over weight book; extra postage required. Please note that large and/or heavy items may incur an additional shipping charge. Solidly bound copy with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text. Slightly creased spine. Light foxing on page edges.
One of my favorite, riveting reads by Michener. From the first settlers in South Africa, to the beginnings of aparteid, his insightful look at the peoples and the history amaze me. His discriptions of people and country take you there!
Apr 7, 2011
Many aspects of this incredible read remind me of America's history. One of Michener's best works, and I'm now half way through "Poland" which is also a winner thus far.
Mar 27, 2008
A Good Michener Tome
In Michener's style. Obviously well researched and also well written. He follows the history of southern Africa (South Africa mainly) from pre-history to the 1980's. He avoids painting anyone as perfect or without blame and points out along the way where major crossroads were passed which brought South Africa to its present (1980's anyway) situation.
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