Friday, November 05, 2010

All You Ever Wanted (Or Needed) To Know About Alaska

AlaskaAlaska by James A. Michener

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second Michener book after shying away from him for years and years because of his reputation.  Now, I find myself enjoying the books for all the knowledge I get in very palatable form.  As in the earlier book of Michener's that I read, "The Source," he starts with prehistoric times, and then mixes stories with facts to give a complete history of the place.  It's not a great work of literature, some of the stories are too cheesy.  But without this book, I would never have bothered to learn much about Alaska beyond what has been in the news the last two years about its flaky former governor.  The book is more than 1,000 pages long, but if you take it in little bites (it took me almost four months to finish it,) it's worth the effort.


forsythia said...

The first book and last book I read by Michener was Sayonara Means Goodbye. LOVED it. I was in 8th grade. When I was 27, we moved to Maryland. I started Chesa peake. Too wordy. Not enough bang for the buck. Plus, it bothered me when the Indians used Yiddish word order, as in: "A wigwam you can always get."

forsythia said...

Anyway, you can learn all about Alaska by watching Sarah Palin's special series on TLC. On a clear day, you might even see Russia.