The Covenant

The Covenant

A Novel

Book - 2015 | Dial Press trade paperback edition.
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James A. Michener's masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness. From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners. The Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchanged for centuries, unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation. Rivalries and passions spill across the land of The Covenant, a story of courage and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal, as generations fight to forge a new world.
Praise for The Covenant
"A prodigious endeavor . . . Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, 2015.
Edition: Dial Press trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780812986693
Branch Call Number: FIC MICHENE
Characteristics: xix, 1159 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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Mar 14, 2017

Religion (destroy?) vs. Education (enlighten?)
Old and New Testament, Paganism - in evolution and civilization
Art and War - in remembrance, progression and humanity

I'm less a history buff than a fiction aficionado, not equipped to verify or criticize the historical facts and associated reasoning. I immersed in the ocean of millennial saga, surrender to his craft, not getting drowned but in fascination.
Less words given to blacks (and colored) than to whites, but they are the ones who left art (cave painting, architecture...) instead of war(fighting generals) memorial.

This is the first book by Michener I read, and I want to read more.

gracindaisy Jan 05, 2013

A complete history of South Africa, starting with early man, the Dutch East India Company, frontier Dutch settlements which set the scene for apartheid.


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