JAMES MICHENER THE COVENANT PDF

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He begins with a glimpse of prehistoric Bushmen crossing the desert going south in search of water, but then he quickly introduces the first of his central dynasties: in the s, black youth Nxumalo is inspired by white gold-traders, treks north to the rich city of Zimbabwe, and witnesses its tragic abandonment; years and pages later, his descendant plays Brutus to the Caesar of mad, mother-obsessed Zulu king Shaka who unifies the tribes via constant bloody warfare ; and in the s, Prof.

Daniel Nxumalo, non-violent black activist, will be tried for high treason. Overall, however, the varied non-whites—Hottentots, Xhosa, Zulu, Coloured—get relatively little space here, with the prime focus on the Europeans.

In the s Detleef Van Doom, seemingly singlehanded, institutes detailed apartheid. Nxumalo, and loves a Van Doorn. A wealth of fascinating material—and Michener does his best to balance Boer intransigence with its religious base against imperious English mistakes, to find shreds of decency among patterns of cruelty and obtuseness. But, despite a chapter devoted to apartheid horrors So.

Africa has banned the book , the non-white side of things never becomes humanly specific. And one somehow ends this huge volume with little feel for historical continuity or for the physical setting a surprising lapse from Michener.

Still, despite these flaws and the more usual ones—B-movie dialogue, preachy digressions, corny coincidences. Easy to put down, then in both senses of the word , but worthy and welcome. Pub Date: Nov.

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He begins with a glimpse of prehistoric Bushmen crossing the desert going south in search of water, but then he quickly introduces the first of his central dynasties: in the s, black youth Nxumalo is inspired by white gold-traders, treks north to the rich city of Zimbabwe, and witnesses its tragic abandonment; years and pages later, his descendant plays Brutus to the Caesar of mad, mother-obsessed Zulu king Shaka who unifies the tribes via constant bloody warfare ; and in the s, Prof. Daniel Nxumalo, non-violent black activist, will be tried for high treason. Overall, however, the varied non-whites—Hottentots, Xhosa, Zulu, Coloured—get relatively little space here, with the prime focus on the Europeans. In the s Detleef Van Doom, seemingly singlehanded, institutes detailed apartheid. Nxumalo, and loves a Van Doorn.

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James A. Michener

Biography[ edit ] Michener wrote that he did not know who his biological parents were, or exactly when or where he was born. He attended Swarthmore College , in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania , where he played basketball and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduating summa cum laude in , with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History, he traveled and studied in Scotland at the University of St Andrews in the medieval town of St. Andrews , Fife on the coast of the North Sea for two years. The library at the University of Northern Colorado was named after him in October He accepted a Guest Lecturer position at Harvard, from to , but left to join Macmillan Publishers as their social studies education editor.

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THE COVENANT

Michener , published in The novel traces the history, interaction, and conflicts between these populations, from prehistoric times up to the s. The Afrikaners, whose Dutch ancestors first established a trading and refueling stop at Cape Town in the 17th century to service ships moving between Holland and Java, and whose ranks were augmented by Huguenot and other northern European immigrants, considered themselves the "New Israelites ". They found in the Old Testament verification for their belief that God favored their conquest of the new land. Their strict, fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible supported them through the Great Trek of the 19th century; battles against Zulu and other Bantu tribes, who also laid claim to lands to the north; the Anglo-Boer War when after the British won the war on the conventional battlefield and took all the main Boer towns and cities, a few Boer Commandos or guerrilla bands of a few hundred Afrikaner farmers continued to hold out in isolated pockets of the veld until the cessation of hostilities, despite tens of thousands of British regulars combing the countryside in pursuit of them ; and their institution of Apartheid in the 20th century, when they insisted on racial purity, separatism, and white supremacy , per the moral expectations of the God of Israel in the Old Testament and their own determination to keep political power in the hands of Whites of European descent. Michener suggests that the Afrikaner oppression of Blacks was partly due to Dutch animosity towards the English, who assumed political and financial control of southern Africa in and fought against the traditional way of life, including slavery , pursued by Afrikaner farmers, or Boers.

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