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Centennial: A Novel
by James A. Michener

Published: 2007-05-29
Paperback : 1104 pages
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Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the ...
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Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.
 
Praise for Centennial
 
“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

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1. Was there any way for white men to live in peace with the Indians? What were the factors that led to the massacre and extermination of the Indian race? Did the U.S. condone and support genocide?
2. Consider the relationships between the cowboys and transplanted westerners from the north and south...after the just ended Civil War. How did the North - South animosity resolve itself among these strong and hostile men? How does this relate to today
3. How did these immigrants...Germans, Czechs, poles, Irishmen, Russians, Japanese, Scandinavians...enter the West...what brought them? How were they welcomed by the miners? The farmers? How did Potato Brambaugh influence this insurgence of immigrant labo
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  "Centennial- James Michener"by seashell723 (see profile) 09/19/15

Our book club loved this masterpiece by Michener! The history of the development of the "wild West" gives us this fantastic novel with many stories and characters that leap off the page! THis masterpiece... (read more)

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