The Drifters

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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...

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449213537
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 129,372
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    Exceptional look at the counter culture of the late 60's and early 70's

    For anyone wanting to understand life in the counter culture world during the Viet Nam conflict this is a must read . The discriptions of the locations and the attitudes of the characters are incredible . I know because I spent two and a half years in Europe during that time . This is by far the best book written of that time period .

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    A great piece of American Literature,and is worth the time to read.

    James A Michener goes to many places in this book and has a wide variety of characters to get interested in.Michener describes how the draft dodgers of the 60's were compared to the underground railroad.He tells much about different lands,cultures and events throughout europe.He covers everything from drugs, to wealthy women , to airplane mechanics who all develope a friendship in their travels, and Michener deffinatly keeps it interesting by switching up who is actually narrorating the story.'The Drifters' is a great book to get into, even though it seems like a huge book at first, but as soon as you start reading you are never bored with the actions taking place in the drifters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Great story

    This an awesome book. Michener did a fantastic job writing this book. If you like adventure you should definitely read this one. It's also great for young adults or college students. With every new character introduced it brings the book more alive. Each new character brings the story together. Each adventure they take makes you want to be there with them. With each turn of the page, the excitement builds. If you want to read a book and live it read this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2000

    Rediscovering Michener

    After nearly two decades of non-reading, I have rediscovered Michener. I originally read this novel in 1980 (or was it '79?). I was a sailor aboard a submarine going to the Mediterranean. This book influenced my life --- I bought a backpack and did a quick two-week jaunt around parts of Europe. Two years later; when getting out of the Navy, I bought my own ticket to Europe, and backpacked for a month. This book truly opened up some new and awesome experiences for me. I am indebted to Mr Michener for that. I truly enjoy his storytelling 'style' and the way he weaves his made-up characters into historical times and settings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    Retro All the Way.

    I was unsure about this book because I grew up after the time period. However, Michener came through again. Six 'lost' young people in 1969 come together. They all have their problems and their own identity questions. Michener gives us plenty of reasons why we should and should not care about these people. This book is not thematic in approach (like The Source and Chesapeake). Still, Michener reminds us that throughout history young people have had trouble realizing who they are and what they stand for. A bit slow at first as Michener brings his characters together. In the end I did not want to put this book down and I never wanted to finish this book because it was too good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Reading!!!

    I lived the years in which this book was written. I so enjoyed the story. Obviously there was a lot of research done by Mr. Michener on the book before it was written. The books are long but well written. There is history within the storyline.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    The Drifters

    The Drifters is a very interesting tell of six people that meet up, and go on an adventure. For myself I really didn't like the book too much, because I would get lost during the book. Then I would understand later on in the book. When following the six characters I would get mixed up, and just confused, so I didn't enjoy reading this book. On the otherhand, the book is an interesting tell of these six character. The book is long, and can go on for something of less importance along the way. I would recommended this book to someone who enjoys adventure, and a complex book dealing with many people and situations to keep track of.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Awesome book........

    I love this book. James Michener does an incredible job. The charactar development and the story itself is fascinating. This book makes me want to pack my bags and go on an adventure. I would reccommend this book to anyone who likes adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    Spellbound.  Hated when it was over.  Have always wanted to trav

    Spellbound.  Hated when it was over.  Have always wanted to travel to Toremollinoes, Spain since reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    A great novel for any Michener fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    good book

    The Drifters is an awesome journey of a group a kids who 'find' themselves by running away from home. For the most part I enjoyed the book. I learned a lot about the precious time of the late sixties that I never knew of before. I recommened this book to anyone who wants a free trip to Europe. This book however is long and can wander around a little. But for the most part it is an awesome book and I would personally recommend it to anyone who is the mood for adventure, and history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    The Drifters

    I did not like reading The Drifters. The book follows six runaways to Europe and Africa. The book takes place during the 1960 to 1970. The main characters in the story are the following: Joe, Britta, Monica, Cato, Yigal, and Gretchen. The main reason why I did not like reading this book is the reader has to follow all six characters throughout the story. Also, the book is very long 768 pages. But I thought the book was interesting in some parts. It deals with a lot of worldly issues and difficult situations. I would recommend this book for people who love adventure.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Great book

    This is a great book for somebody who enjoys reading about adventures. It follows 7 people on journies through Europe and Africa. It has a great story line and evaluates key issues of the 1960's and 70's. If anyone is looking for a book that has actual issues mixed with adventure and struggle, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Adventerous

    This is a good book, very adventurous. This book is about seven people who roam around the world. They are kept up in dreams, pleasure, and drugs. I recommend this book to everyone. This book is exciting and keeps you interested throughout the whole story with all the different characters and their different personalities. The story is so alive. You would never know that it is non-fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    good book

    The drifter was a good book i thought it was a little long and drawn out ,but for the most if you like a book where you can get to know your character before the journey start it a great read ,and if you like to learn about other places and different time periods of this world. The best part for me was it was about young adult like my self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    If you like adventure and drama you should read this book

    I realy enjoyed reading this book it was a good book to pick up and read all the character realy made this book They all had things going on which made them venture out in to the world. I would recommand reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    The Drifters by James A Michener

    I really enjoyed this book. Michener did an excellent job at developing his characters in this book. After reading it I would love to visit any of the places that Michener has described. He describes beautiful places throughout Europe, and also talks about events that took place in the United States. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who likes to travel, likes to read about adventures that young people take, or a college student looking for a good book to read. Michener could not have told his story of The Drifters any better than he did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    The Drifters

    I like this book becuase it thought me a lot of things about life especialy about kids who run away from the draft. I did not know it was people who was out in the wourl that would help you run away from the draft. Also I lke this book because it show how teenegers can go to Spain and live their lives and enjoy their life also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    A Great Book

    A must-read for Michener fan. This novel is hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    I'm ready to hit the Road

    I really enjoyed the character develop in the first half of the book, and enjoyed the second half even more. As much as I wanted to complete the book, I did not want it to end. The quality of writing, along with references to history and literature has me reading and researching based off of the novel.

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