The Covenant

The Covenant

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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Adventurers, scoundrels and missionaries. The best and worst of two continents carve an empire out of the vast wilderness that is to become South Africa. For hundreds of years, their rivalries and passions spill across the land. From the first Afrikaners to the powerful Zulu nation, and the missionaries who lived with both—all of them will influence and take…  See more details below

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Adventurers, scoundrels and missionaries. The best and worst of two continents carve an empire out of the vast wilderness that is to become South Africa. For hundreds of years, their rivalries and passions spill across the land. From the first Afrikaners to the powerful Zulu nation, and the missionaries who lived with both—all of them will influence and take part in the wars and politics that will change a nation forever.
THE COVENANT: generations of people who forge a new world in a story of adventure and heroism, love and loyalty, cruelty and betrayal.

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From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394514000
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1980
Pages:
877

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.

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The Covenant 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. ,
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.