The Drifters

The Drifters

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by James A. Michener
     
 

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In this triumphant bestseller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world—as well as

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In this triumphant bestseller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world—as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the private world of these unforgettable characters, exposing their innermost desires with remarkable candor and infinite compassion.
 
Praise for The Drifters
 
“A blockbuster of a book . . . full of surprise, drama, and fascination.”—Philadelphia Bulletin
 
“Rings with authentic detail and clearly descriptive sights and smells . . . The Drifters is to the generation gap what The Source was to Israel.”Publishers Weekly
 
“[The Drifters] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Michener has slid open a window on the world of the dropout and has spared no effort to make the reader aware of this new world.”The Salt Lake Tribune

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“A blockbuster of a book . . . full of surprise, drama, and fascination.”—Philadelphia Bulletin
 
“Rings with authentic detail and clearly descriptive sights and smells . . . The Drifters is to the generation gap what The Source was to Israel.”Publishers Weekly
 
“[The Drifters] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Michener has slid open a window on the world of the dropout and has spared no effort to make the reader aware of this new world.”The Salt Lake Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449213537
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.10(d)

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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.

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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