Homeland: The Crown Family Saga Begins

Homeland: The Crown Family Saga Begins

by John Jakes

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Reissue)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451198426
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Series: Historical Romance, Signet Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 1200
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Jakes is the bestselling author of Charleston, the Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South trilogy, On Secret Service, California Gold, Homeland, and American Dreams. Descended from a soldier of the Virginia Continental Line who fought in the American Revolution, Jakes is one of today’s most distinguished authors of historical fiction.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a long fan of the NOrth and South trilogy and when I read Homeland I realized just why I love John Jakes so much. The length of the book can be intimidating but once I started, I couldn't stop reading. I found myself wanting to know whatever I could about the Crowns, even the minor characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most memorable books I have read. I read it nearly six years ago and have never forgotten it. In fact, I've read all John Jakes books but this was my favorite. I would recommend to anyone interested in a weave of history and good story writing. I just got a nook and was looking to add books to my library that I have loved and own in paperback so I can pass those on. This is a definite I will be adding!
northandsouth on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I urge anyone with any interest in American history to delve into this must read from John Jakes. It is a long epic of a story spanning about 10 years between 1893 and 1903. It tells the story of a young German immigrant, Paul, who comes to America with high hopes of a bright future. The reader is pulled into the lives of Paul and his friends (and enemies) and family. I couldn't put this book down and I'm sure you won't be able to either. The sequel is called American Dreams.
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LillMagill More than 1 year ago
A great book!
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At a time when the world stood on the brink of a new century, America struggled to find its place upon the global stage, and huddled masses of immigrants streamed across its borders with little more than the clothing on their backs and a yearning to breath free. It was a time of innovation and invention, a birth of a new technological age, when labor collided violently with management; fathers with sons and America found itself in a war to set a country free. ¿Homeland,¿ John Jakes¿ epic tome is not set during the turbulent decade of 1990¿s (as one might expect after having read my introductory paragraph) but rather a full century earlier. Beginning where his ¿Kent Family Chronicles¿ left off in 1891, and ending in the first year of the twentieth century, 1901, Jakes begins a new cycle of novels with a new family, the Crowns of Chicago. Jakes casts his protagonist, Pauli Kroner, as a young urchin, wandering the streets of Berlin. Orphaned, Pauli lives with his consumptive aunt, Charlotte, who, in a last act of selflessness sends Pauli to live with his uncle, Joseph Crown, who has amassed his fortune in the brewing trade of Chicago. But all is not happy in the Crown household. The forces of change at work in America are straining the family. Uncle Joe barely tolerates the progressive attitude of his wife Ilsa and has constant verbal clashes with his oldest son, Joe Jr., who has taken up sides with the socialist labor union movement, an issue which precipitates one final clash between father and son, after which Joe Jr. runs away and Pauli finds himself expelled from the household for aiding his cousin in his escape. Now known as Paul Crown he must eke out an existence in the streets of Chicago, and soon finds himself standing at the doorstep of the fledgling moving picture business as a camera operator and an eyewitness to history. From the Pullman strike and the fairgrounds of Chicago¿s Colombian Exposition to the Cuban battlefields of the Spanish-American War John Jakes intricately weaves the historical events of the last decade of the nineteenth century throughout his novel and peppers it with historical Characters such as Theodore Roosevelt, Jane Addams, Clara Barton, Eugene Debs and Thomas Edison to name but a few. John Jakes has earned the title ¿Godfather of the Historical Novel,¿ and with ¿Homeland¿ the Crowns of Chicago can rightfully take their place beside the Kents of ¿The Kent Family Chronicles,¿ the Hazard and Main families of the ¿North and South¿ trilogy, and the Chances of ¿California Gold.¿