- Paperback: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (April 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552099457
- ISBN-13: 978-0552099455
- Parcel Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 4.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,493,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Centennial Paperback – Apr 1976
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“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”—Los Angeles Times
“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”—The Plain Dealer
“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”—The Pittsburgh Press
“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”—BusinessWeek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Beautifully written and engaging, this living history is populated with unforgettable characters through whom I came to understand all they faced. I learned so much!
Eleanor Cowan, author of: A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
CENTENNIAL is about a fictitious town of the same name in Colorado. The town is not nestled in the majestic Rockies, as one might expect, but instead is located out on the vast, open, treeless, windswept plains that run down from the eastern slopes of the mountains. It is here, at the nexus of two radically diverse land masses, that Michener gives the reader a comprehensive history of the area, from the formation of the land and its rivers, to its prehistoric inhabitants, to its early settlers, to its subsequent clash of various cultures. The plains Indians, fur trappers, pioneer settlers, soldiers, ranchers, dry land and irrigation farmers, and the hearty descendents of these diverse groups--all are depicted vividly and weaved into an engrossing story by an author with a keen eye for detail.
CENTENNIAL furnishes an impressive assortment of powerful, unforgettable characters: Lame Beaver, an Arapaho chieftan; Pasquinel, a French fur trapper; pioneer Levi Zendt; trail boss R.J. Poteet; ranchers Jim and Charlotte Lloyd; and many more. Through these characters the reader is given an epic tale of the American West, a tale that is beautiful, compelling, profound, and often tragic. CENTENNIAL is higly recommended to any student of the American West, or to any lover of epic literature.
(If you want, though, you can skip the second chapter about the land forming and dinosaurs wandering over the earth... It's pretty dull and has little bearing on the rest of the book.)
Robert Conrad as Pasquinel; Richard Chamberlain as McKeag; Gregory Harrison as Levi Zendt; Dennis Weaver as Poteet, the traill boss; Brian Keith as the sheriff; Richard Crenna as the dad Skimmerhorn; Cliff DeYoung as the son Skimmerhorn; Anthony Zerbe as Wendell (he was really good!); Alex Karras as Brumbaugh (he had the build); Timothy Dalton & Lynn Redgrave as the English cattle barons; and David Janssen was a great narrator.
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