There was also a fascinating chapter about the evolution of religion through the introduction of a figurine of Astarte. This book is quite educational. I recommend it to those who are interested in learning more ab I have read a number of Michener's books and this is one the best. I recommend it to those who are interested in learning more about Israel and surrounding places.
May 20, Mimi rated it really liked it Shelves: read Long and languid, the two weeks I spent on reading this saga has torpedoed my Reading Goal. A very good and absorbing story - typical Michener - although a couple of sections and the end were very slow going and not captivating, which is why it clocks at at four and not five star read.
In which I review this book's one star reviews: "Painfully simplistic, implying that some of the greatest, centuries-long developments of mankind could happen within a generation or two. I had to stop reading less than halfway through, as I couldn't get past the gaping inaccuracy, anachronisms, and sheer fallacies. Other than that, and a few fairly flat characters, the writing was decent enough. Not only does In which I review this book's one star reviews: "Painfully simplistic, implying that some of the greatest, centuries-long developments of mankind could happen within a generation or two.
Not only does he feel that the book is simplistic, but he believes it to be painfully so. I imagine the reviewer wincing gingerly as he attempted to slog his way through such an uncomplicated book with all its implications toward the time scope involved in mankind's developments. I enjoyed this review overall, if only because he uses the word "anachronisms. What would have really brought this review to the top for me, though, would be if the reviewer had provided some examples of these anachronisms. If there is anything that I love more than the word itself, it's examples of it.
I would have also liked to see some examples of fallacies and maybe a comparison between fallacies and sheer fallacies just so I can distinguish between the two in the future. Seemed like a lot of speculation on how the Jewish faith began with little connection to biblical history. After I read that sentence I was left wondering why the reviewer did not finish the book. Fortunately, I was not to be disappointed, because the very next sentence explains her reasoning.
She did not finish the book because she felt that it was too speculative and not connected in the proper way to biblical history. I enjoyed the themes of disappointment and outrage in this particular review. However, I was a little confused as to which biblical history she was referring to or if speculative historical fiction is ever justified in her opinion.
It was a good review, but I was left wanting more. This review was great. I laughed, I cried, and I contemplated female labour pains. Basically, this reviewer would have an easier time giving birth than reading the book. I wondered if she was serious, but she finished the review by assuring me that she was, indeed, serious. I'm looking forward to sequels to this review. I think a review using comparisons between well-known literature and c-sections or water births is just what the world needs.
I think a lot of the reason is because it relies on evolution being a fact, and since I've recently become aware that evolution is in fact a heavily flawed theory and very much just a belief system, it annoyed me pretty badly. In one paragraph, the review completely disproved the theory of evolution and shook the entire foundations of the scientific method.
I don't want to give away the whole thing, but I think any reader of this review will be surprised to learn the true nature of evolution. Can anyone say conspiracy? I think the scientists might be suppressing this review to prevent their plans from being exposed. This reviewer really communicated their angst well, and I was left stunned at their mind-blowing revelations. I counted six exclamation marks, and that was just in the first sentence.
I gave up counting after that, but I'm sure there were at least twice as many as that. I recommend reading the entire review at least three times, it's that rewarding. Truly an ebullient review - I have never read a review that communicated a reviewer's exhileration so simply and so well.
Apr 13, Jessica rated it it was amazing. Another epic novel by my favorite author. This book was a beast to get through and I've been reading it off and on for months now. It was utterly fascinating.
The book is about the land we now call Israel. It starts with primitive peoples and their creation of "religions". There were many difficult things to read about such as killing of 1st born sons to the God Baal. I think -symbolic of things to come? The Jews were of course the central characters in this story and the evolution of their "r Another epic novel by my favorite author. The Jews were of course the central characters in this story and the evolution of their "religion". The strong people who loved the land and always had to prepare to fight to preserve it from being taken over.
Of course the more modern stuff was of particular interest to me.
I learned a lot about the "Crusades" that I didn't know much about. The Spanish inquisition was talked about and what terrible things were done by "Christians" to the Jews. The pograms of Eastern Europe that preceded the holocaust. Basically, the scattering of Israel and what exactly that entailed. These are a people who have endured a lot, not always by choice, but as the book says because their neighbor will continue to label them "Jew" for hundreds of years, whether or not they have chosen to convert to something else.
They are certainly not without fault themselves, they continue to have groups and heirarchies amongst each other just as they did during the times of Jesus Christ. The letter of the law is also given much more value than any acts of kindness. For example, the main character in the book, gets "stoned" for driving around in a car on the sabbath. This is indeed a vile and appalling thing. Frankly, the book speaks very little of Jesus Christ who has been rejected by them in the past and one can surmise why Christ would be a contemptible thing in the modern time due to what they have suffered by his "followers".
Hopefully, some will be able distinguish Christ from his "faithful," not an easy challenge though! I highly recommend this book for any Christian or tourist to the Holy Land. I hope that when it comes time for me to visit there, I will either reread the book or remember the awesome stuff I have learned.
I only wish Michener were still alive so he could write more incredible books. Jan 04, Phoenix rated it it was amazing. I can't help putting five stars on this and most of Michener's novels. I read this more slowly than usual and consequently had already forgotten some things I learned at the beginning. But I get the feeling that if in my history class any teacher had handed me any Michener book, my classmates and I would not have been sleeping and acting up.
This one dealt with the Holy Land, from the time when man was first a man out of ape-stage, still living in a cave and built the first house. And it moved I can't help putting five stars on this and most of Michener's novels. And it moved on from there into modern times. What was so interesting to me was how it showed that Greeks, Romans, and Jesus all co-existed, and brought all the threads of history together in real time.
I learned about this all separately in school growing up and never put two and two together that some of these big events, etc. People were worshiping Zeus when Jesus was walking the earth. The chariot races were happening, etc. In addition, the chronicles of Jewish persecution were eye-opening. Growing up I have have never understood where anti-semitism springs from, although the Holocaust has always haunted me. But Michener puts it in perspective, and lays out the entire history of this people.
I could not put this book down, and lived and breathed it for over a month. Feb 10, Walt Walkowski rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction. This is a difficult review to write. I found the characters that the author created to be pretty compelling, and that's what kept me reading the more than 1, pages.
But the overall message of the book is disappointing, and maybe even maddening. In making this book primarily about the trevails of Jews in creating their own state, Michener pretty much dismisses the idea of God as an invention of human beings. And while one might take what is written as simply a storyline of the imagination, it This is a difficult review to write. And while one might take what is written as simply a storyline of the imagination, it seems pretty obvious that he has an agenda to portray the major world religions--though limited in the case of Islam--as stupid.
The protagonists he most advances are the ones who reject "God" in favor of a practical morality, which seems to be superior in Michener's mind. Had I known before I read what the book would be like, I would not have. Dec 17, Madeleine rated it it was amazing. It is at time desperately sad and then incredibly inspirational.
It made me proud of my Jewish heritage. I think it is a must-read for all, but especially for people like me with little Jewish education, but a strong sense of Jewish identity. This will give you a sense of your roots. You're probably wondering, why read the whole darn thing pages when you rate it a meagre 2 stars in the end? Well, that's the secret of huge books. So that's why. And why is this book shitty?
Well it has some brilliant ideas and stuff and that's the only reason I give it 2 stars instead of 1 star. But mostly the book is boring, long-winded and full of the same old stale, annoying, '50s tropes and stock characters. The contemporary protagonist should have just been called Indiana Jones and get on with it. The newborn Israeli's are these rough, hardened workers.
I kept thinking of noble savages, or in this case noble Jews. Boring stock characters who have no traits besides their 'Jewness' sorry. The book is full of women hate as well. All female characters can be divided in two allegories: The Pure Virgin the ones that are sweet and pure and have 'coquettish' features and are small and petite and don't mind being wed to brutish ugly Jew monsters yes this stereotype is prominent in the book as well, the 'Jew man' who is described as animal-like and hunched and dumb and have no other features except being a Jewess.
On the other hand you have The Evil Wench, the plotting, evil, mean, manipulating and WORST of all cheating and lying traitors who will all leave their man for another just like that, or literal quote "shed those well-known fake, calculating female tears" wtf? What kind of nasty fetish did the writer have?
Did his dick get stomped on by his mommy? Not to mention almost ALL females die a gruesome death. They die more often than their sad, noble Jewish counterparts. Oh and our Indiana Jones keeps on harassing one of them to marry him even though she insistently keeps telling him no.
And then he almost fights with another male for her hand. Like her opinion on the case doesn't even matter. Judaism is described in the book as an ugly, dead tree stump, from which the final blooming branch called Christianity sprouted. It's the White Men's Burden all over again. The Jews are dumb for not realizing Judaism is a dead religion and I think the writer either secretly thought they got what was coming for them or had another fetish, maybe BDSM or a gore fetish, because they all die horrible deaths.
Not a single one of the chapters ends happily. Some other trope-y shit: greedy, manipulating Arabs duh , money-loving American Jews duh , The Good Innocent Catholic, etcetera etcetera. I grew so tired of it near the end of the book. Most chapters end suddenly, and there's even a whole chapter dedicated to repeating some lame, boring Jewish Talmud laws.
I can write a book like this. But for all the hate and clearly I hate a lot of it lol the book had some brilliant parts and some of it was very educative. Even nowadays some of it still holds true. I can't ignore this and give it one star. It's just too bad the good stuff is buried beneath So. Sep 08, Jennifer Hughes rated it did not like it Shelves: it-s-me-not-you , unfinished.
Loved it! Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? This review was great. The book is as great as ever; however, the performance is so overdone that the distraction did not allow me to suspend disbelief and immerse myself into the story. Similarly, Isl1 antibody reliably labels cells within the outflow tract that are derived from the SHF and still retain progenitor characteristics. I began reading with enthusiasm for the premise of this book: looking at the history of Israel through the eyes of archaeologists at a dig.
Maybe I picked the wrong Michener book to start with. It did not work for me on several levels. First, his characters were almost one-dimensional, they were so flat. The reader is expected to fill in the gaps in all the relationships: feelings of animosity or chemistry and attraction between characters really isn't depicted. You just have to assume that it is there.
Second, ok, I know I only got into it like pages, but everything I saw was told instead of shown. I learned that one in Maybe I picked the wrong Michener book to start with. I learned that one in 8th grade. Third, what I thought was going to be a really fascinating story about an archeological dig was wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am over in a couple of chapters. I thought that was going to BE the entire book. Instead, it turns out it was just a setup for the actual book, which takes each of the artifacts they conveniently found in a matter of a few short pages and then turns each of those into their own section, a moment in history that is then fleshed out for us to see how the artifact lived in its original life.
So I don't disagree with that idea as a literary device--actually, it seems pretty cool--but the lead-up was so disappointing that I felt like it'd fallen flat before the "story" even began. And it started with cave men. I just felt like I was stuck in a BC cartoon.
It was too hokey. I found myself dreading picking up the book each time and repeating to myself, "It will turn around soon, just give it time, it will get better," and then one day I said, "Know what? Not worth it. At this point I don't know whether I will take your advice seriously or not, but hey, at least you could feel better knowing you tried to convert me to Michener's fan club. Aug 21, Zach Judkins rated it really liked it Recommends it for: any avid reader interested in archeology, history and religion.
This book is long. A very good read but long. I would recomend reading another book alongside this one to keep from becoming burnt out. Still, this is a very good book, from one of the best authors of the day. This book tells the history of ancient isreal and its religions in a very interesting way. They begin to dig and as they get deeper come across artifacts of older and older civilizations.
Whe This book is long. When they reach the oldest artifact, the book shifts its setting to when people used that artifact caveman days , and proceeds to tell the story of those people, when man first discovered deity. The storyline follows one family in particular, and as the book begins to go through time towards modern days, it follows this family line and shows how the artifacts that the modern day archeologists dug up interact with this family line and the culture of the day. It is also heavy and frequently depressing. So, once again, I would recommend reading it in tandem with other books.
But deffinitely a great book and a great read. Readers also enjoyed. About James A. James A. James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for t James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region.
Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for the year's best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer; founded an MFA program now, named the Michener Center for Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin; and made substantial contributions to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, best known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and a room containing Michener's own typewriter, books, and various memorabilia.
Michener's entry in Who's Who in America says he was born on Feb. But he said in his memoirs that the circumstances of his birth remained cloudy and he did not know just when he was born or who his parents were. Unlike existing models that work on entire ASTs, ASTNN splits each large AST into a sequence of small statement trees, and recursively encodes the statement trees to vectors by capturing the lexical and syntactical knowledge of statements.
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Toggle navigation. Sign in Sign up. The descendants are not aware of the ancient antecedents revealed to the reader by the all-knowing writer as the story progresses through the Davidic kingdom, Hellenistic times, Roman times, etc. The site is continually inhabited until the end of the Crusades when it is destroyed by the victorious Mameluks as happened to many actual cities after and is not rebuilt by the Ottomans. In the early civilizations, the concept of fertility sprouts from agriculture and the desire for a fruitful harvest. During the earliest layer of history, the giant stone idol named El is created to please the earth and bring good crops.
As society moves away from a rural and agricultural existence, fertility is given less and less importance. Later, as modern Judaism begins to take form, the theme of dedication and tenacity is brought forward again and again. The final words of many of the book's characters are of prayer; they are defending their religion with their life.
The Source is a historical novel by James A. Michener, first published in It is a survey of the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel from. 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. James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on.
As anti-semitism becomes more prevalent, this theme grows stronger, as if to show the strength of the faith that the Jewish people hold. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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