The Covenant: A Novelby James A. Michener, Steve Berry (Introduction)
James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness. From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers
James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness. From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners. The Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchanged for centuries, unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation. Rivalries and passions spill across the land of The Covenant, a story of courage and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal, as generations fight to forge a new world.
Praise for The Covenant
“A prodigious endeavor . . . Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form.”—The New York Times Book Review
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Meet 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.
- Date of Birth:
- February 3, 1907
- Date of Death:
- October 16, 1997
- Place of Death:
- Austin, Texas
- B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.
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A wonderful account of the settling of South Africa by the Dutch and their future conflicts with the British, native African tribes, and Zulu nation. Michener makes the characters come alive! You feel as if you are part of them as they cope with life's dissapointments and revel in their accomplishments. 873 pages of action packed adventure that is difficult to stop reading!As an avid Michener reader, I consider this novel as one of his finest works.
After finishing a Michener book I'm always emotionally drained. The isidious social scheme known as apartheid is now justly piled on the scrap heap of history. I think reading this book some 25 years after it was written gives one a perspective on South Africa that the author wasn't privy to. Thankfully the outcome of the political struggles there didn't end in the bloodbath that Mr. Michener feared in the closing chapter of this epic work. I found this book to be somewhat more disjointed than some of his others but a great read none the less.
I read this book before a summer trip to South Africa. It prepared me well for that country's fascinating culture and history. Michener's ability to weave together fictional characters with real life events is incredible.
I read this in the late 80's. My copies were destroyed in a flood. I have reread it from the library twice. Now I own it once again. I love this story. It captivates and explains so much. I used it as a reference for a paper in college (a novel!!!) and my professor agreed it was a good choice. Masterful!
I suggest if you read this very long,long, (to the tune of 1144 pages long) book, you understand what you are getting into. The story started out okay, and somewhere after page 200, it became pure misery for me to finish. It reads like a text book. The history is long and drawn out. The names of the characters were hard to pronounce, and oh so, so historical. It was like being in a very boring history class, not that I don't enjoy history, I do immensely. I just felt there was not enough depth to any character in this book for me to sink my teeth into. Also, the religion amongst these people were insane. Kill!!!...kill some more, and than refer to the bible that it was okay to kill some more. I am proud I stuck with this book for past 500 pages. I tried my best. ,
The book takes you on quite a journey, makes you want to go and visit South Africa and experience the cultures laid out in the book.