The Immigrants

The Immigrants

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by Howard Fast
     
 

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A love story of trememdous beauty...a tale of passion, adventure, and ambition set against the streets of San Francisco, America's most romantic city.

Dav Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman, battles from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping industry. Fising to success through hard work and a loveless marriage to the

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A love story of trememdous beauty...a tale of passion, adventure, and ambition set against the streets of San Francisco, America's most romantic city.

Dav Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman, battles from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping industry. Fising to success through hard work and a loveless marriage to the daughter of the city's wealthiest family, he risks it all for hte exotic beauty of a woman who shares his secret and scandalous passion.

From Nob Hill to the harbor, San Francisco comes alive through three immigrant families—Italian, Irish, and Chinese—whose intertwining dreams are propelled by the emotional events of America's coming of age...

Editorial Reviews

NY Times Book Review
Relentless pace of events...real experience leaping full-bodied frm Fast's imagination...one of his best novels!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440141754
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Series:
Lavette Family Series
Pages:
496

What People are saying about this

Louis Untermeyer
It is an extraordinary mixture of toughness and tenderness of the most absorbing narratives I've ever read...It is truly an unfolding historical saga...
Erica Jong
A nonstop page-turner...moving, vivid...a splendid achievement!

Meet the Author

Born in 1914, Howard Fast published over 53 novels, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His most famous novels included Spartacus, Freedom Road, Citizen Tom Paine, April Morning, The Crossing, The Unvanquished, My Glorious Brothers, and the three generation family saga beginning with The Immigrants. Nineteen of his works became movies.

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Immigrants 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Deborah52DR More than 1 year ago
I read this complete series many years ago and could not wait for it to come out for my nook so that I could have it with me forever. I still have most of the hard cover books I read years ago. This is a great series for both young and old that you will truly remember in years to come. These books combine history with romance and is truly a series you will want to add to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Fast has ability to take the reader to places and paint history in a very unique manner. He is sympathetic to his characters, and writes with great passion. Dan Lavett is the central character in the 'Immigrants', and the book follows his struggle to climb the heights of Nob Hill and his fall from power. The book covers the end of the nineteenth century to WWII. A great read.
luvs2read2JV More than 1 year ago
I read The Immigrants several decades ago, but seized the opportunity to acquire it for my nook. Howard Fast was a great storyteller. Once you begin the series, you are hooked to continue finding out what happens to these people and their descendants. This is a Must Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Dan Lavette, the son of Italian immigrants. He is born in a box car on a train, winding up in San Francisco. It is a story of dreams, of the American dream. The rise of men in the land of milk and honey. I couldn't put this book down! It moves very quickly from about 1850 to 1934. The author wastes no time on trivial points, and doesn't fill pages with descriptions of surroundings. The dialog is believable and I felt like I was watching the story instead of reading it. I can see why his books get made into movies. Don't be misled, the story does not read like a screen play! Even when you think you know whats going to happen next, you cant wait to turn the page! If you like historical fiction...you will LOVE The Immigrants
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love multi-generation stories and this is one that really took me into the family and time period. Can't wait to read the next book. 
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I am almost done with the series. Well written and great characters. Highly recommend
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Great writing!
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SSRANCHER More than 1 year ago
Good read. Fast's novels are never disappointing. Spartacus was the best of them.
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