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Old 03-15-2007, 06:12 AM
 
Location: SD, VA, West Texas--staying awhile
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I'm reading the Eagle and the Raven I may also tackle the very large Texas book too , my question is why are his books fiction if they seem very full of actual events and history that seem very accurate? Does anyone know? Just curious. I'm really enjoying reading about Texas' turbulent history.

Pam
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I'm reading the Eagle and the Raven I may also tackle the very large Texas book too , my question is why are his books fiction if they seem very full of actual events and history that seem very accurate? Does anyone know? Just curious. I'm really enjoying reading about Texas' turbulent history.

Pam
I believe Michener's books are categorized as historical fiction - generally a novel based on an actual person or period of time and the author creates a story around the person or time period. DH and I were just discussing the difference between literature terms the other day. My favorite Michener books are 'Hawaii' and the 'The Source' (a history of Judaism. I read these when I was in my early 20's. I started 'Texas' a while ago but still haven't finished.
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I agree with Tigerlily's description--historical fiction.
I enjoyed Hawaii.
I also read Centennial, his novel that told the story of Colorado.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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I've read lots of Michener books, most of them mentioned here already and also "Alaska" and "Iberia". "Texas" was one of his best historical novels, really gives you the feel for all the events that lead up to the establishment of Texas.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:21 PM
 
Location: rural Vermont
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I've read most of Michener's books too, my fave was "The Drifters". "Space" was good too.

In the same school of historical fiction is the writer Leon Uris. "Trinity" is my most favorite book of all time.

cb
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I've read most of Michener's books too, my fave was "The Drifters". "Space" was good too.

In the same school of historical fiction is the writer Leon Uris. "Trinity" is my most favorite book of all time.

cb
I picked up Edward Rutherfurd's "Princes of Ireland" at Powell's the other day. The reviews compare Rutherfurd to both Uris and Michener. I've always wanted to read "Topaz" by Uris.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I have read most of James Michener's books but I think "Centennial" and "Tales of the South Pacific" were my favorites. Every time I listen to my CD of the soundtack of the movie musical "South Pacific" I have an overwhelming desire to reread the book.
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