Poland: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 1984 - Fiction - 616 pages
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In this sweeping novel, James A. Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between the ruthless Communists and rebellious farmers of the modern age. Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events, unforgettable characters, and the unfolding drama of an entire nation.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Centennial.
 
Praise for Poland
 
"Engrossing . . . a page-turner in the grand Michener tradition."--The Washington Post
 
"A Michener epic is far more than a bedtime reader, it's an experience. Poland is a monumental effort, a magnificent guide to a better understanding of the country's tribulations."--Chicago Tribune
 
"Stunning . . . an unmatched overview of Polish history . . . The families themselves come very much alive, and through them, Poland itself."--USA Today
 
"A titanic documentary novel."--The Wall Street Journal

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User Review  - Pferdina - LibraryThing

Starting sometime in the 1200's, the novel follows the fortunes of the inhabitants of a small village in Poland (and the aristocrats who own it) through 1981. It touches a lot of Polish history. Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I was hoping for a great deal of historical Poland and I got that with this book. The misfortunes of Poland are many, and JAM put them together pretty well. Very few countries have voted themselves ... Read full review

Contents

Buk versus Bukowski
1
From the East
25
From the West
61
Copyright

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James A. Michener was one of the world's most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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