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Poland: A Novel de James A. Michener
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Poland: A Novel (1983 original; edició 1984)

de James A. Michener (Autor)

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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.   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… (més)
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Títol:Poland: A Novel
Autors:James A. Michener (Autor)
Informació:Fawcett (1984), 616 pages
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Poland de James A. Michener (1983)

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this took me forever to read. it is so slow and not nearly as well done as his usual. he dwells on the least interesting of details while ignoring the truly fascinating, over and over again. this could have (and should have) been a much more intriguing book. it even could have been longer and that would have been ok, but instead we have an overlong book that focuses on the wrong stories, until the end. the penultimate section is about the holocaust; i'd never read an accounting of the holocaust from the polish perspective and it was genuinely interesting and illuminating. i also did, in spite of it all, learn about poland's history. i had no idea that twice poland was technically eliminated, literally taken off the map, only to come back strong.

the parts of this that were interesting, were so interesting. they were just too few and far between. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Oct 8, 2018 |
Filled with names I couldn't pronounce and places I've never heard of, this tells the story of the country of Poland through a few families. The magnates that ruled the country with absolute confidence that it was their right to control everything and the peasants who were tied to the land and were also confident that was their lot in life. The story opens with a political standoff between a rural farmer and the Minister of Agriculture who are at odds over the rights of the farmer verses the control of the Communist government. The final chapter brings the story full circle. The chapters between beginning in the 1200's lay the foundation for the beliefs and positions of each man.

Complicated and historically accurate, Michener has managed to provide the history of the country of Poland through the lives of several families. The horrors of the Nazi control and concentration camps are told in gripping detail.

Another wonderful Michener book. ( )
  maryreinert | May 30, 2018 |
Fictional account of the history of Poland ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
What does it mean having to fight for freedom? It's not so obvious to those who were born in freedom and not even suffered lack of it much less experienced a tyranny.
All young people should read Poland and try to imagine whether they, should they live at that time, would be able to recognize two of the worst tyrannies ever right at their start.
What were those tyrannies? Read Poland and see. Are there any similar tyrannies forming up now? ( )
  parp | Aug 29, 2016 |
Wow. What a book. The history of this land and the people in the path of destruction. It is obvious that Mr Michener loves the land, the people and the culture. Well done! ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
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In a small Polish farm community, during the fall planting season of 1981, events occurred which electrified the world, sending reverberations of magnitude to capitals as diverse as Washington, Peking and especially Moscow.
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Szczek means 'bark' (of a tree)
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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.   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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