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The Source: A Novel
by James A. Michener

Published: 2013-11-26
Kindle Edition : 928 pages
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In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Through the discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in an ancient city and traces the profound history ...
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In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Through the discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in an ancient city and traces the profound history of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, the rise of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the modern conflict in the Middle East. An epic tale of love, strength, and faith, The Source is a richly written saga that encompasses the history of Western civilization and the great religious and cultural ideas that have shaped our world.
 
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“Fascinating . . . stunning . . . [a] wonderful rampage through history . . . Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists.”The New York Times
 
“A sweeping [novel] filled with excitement—pagan ritual, the clash of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique . . . one of the great books of this generation.”San Francisco Call Bulletin


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Makor is a Hebrew name which means “source.” What does the book’s title signify to you?
Which characters in this marathon novel spoke to you: Ur, Ubraal, Timna, Zadok, Hoopoe, Gomes, Rabbi Asher, Father Eusebius, And Umar, Iliana, Vered, Elias Tabari? Others?
Before reading in THE SOURCE about the political inequality as it exists today in Israel between the Ashkenaz and Sephardic Jews, had you heard about this?
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  "The Source"by arabrab (see profile) 06/12/14

As with all of Michener's books, this is a massive undertaking. The level of detail and the research involved is amazing. But, I don't think it's book club material. Too much to discuss satisfyingly.... (read more)

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