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In This Sweeping Epic Of The Northernmost American Frontier, James A Michener Guides Us Through Alaska S Fierce Terrain And History, From The Long Forgotten Past To The Bustling Present As His Characters Struggle For Survival, Michener Weaves Together The Exciting High Points Of Alaska S Story Its Brutal Origins The American Acquisition The Gold Rush The Tremendous Growth And Exploitation Of The Salmon Industry The Arduous Construction Of The Alcan Highway, Undertaken To Defend The Territory During World War II A Spellbinding Portrait Of A Human Community Fighting To Establish Its Place In The World, Alaska Traces A Bold And Majestic Saga Of The Enduring Spirit Of A Land And Its People Praise For Alaska Few Will Escape The Allure Of The Land And People Michener Describes Alaska Takes The Reader On A Journey Through One Of The Bleakest, Richest, Most Foreboding, And Highly Inviting Territories In Our Republic, If Not The World The Characters That Michener Creates Are Bigger Than Life Los Angeles Times Book Review Always The Master Of Exhaustive Historical Research, Michener Tracks The Settling Of Alaska In Vividly Detailed Scenes And Well Developed Characters Boston Herald Michener Is Still, Sentence For Sentence, Writing S Fastest Attention Grabber The New York Times The first five hundred pages of this brick of a book were informative and entertaining enough to get me over the half way hump, but it quickly became less of a page turner and of a slog I think sometimes that updating my progress on Goodreads is of a motivator to make it through a book than actually reading it Is that a sign If your goal is to tell the entire cultural history of a place in a novel telling it through individual narratives might not be a bad way to do it, especially if you re trying for 29 weeks on the national bestseller list, but after 1000 pages of the same formula or 1000 pages of anything it gets a little stale I also found it awkward how Michener fit the didactic facts that are necessary in understanding parts of Alaska s history into the dialogue of the characters in the narrative It was painful to read a number of passages where the naive female character has to ask the strong, wise masculine guy hey Tom, why do the salmon die after they reproduce and have the wise masculine guy explain very clearly beginning with well dear let me tell you how it works scientifically Despite these repetetive annoyances I m glad to have learned a few things about the great icebox that is Alaska and am proud to click the I m finished button on my Goodreads homepage. Spanning almost 30,000 years, this book is the definition of epic historical fiction Beginning with the migration of mastodon and saber toothed tigers from Siberia to Alaska across the Bering Land Bridge and continuing forward to the signing of the Alaska Statehood Act that made Alaska the 49th state in 1959, the history of the nations largest state is laid out in surprisingly readable fashion I now wish there were equally good books on each of the other U.S states I ve never read anything by Michener before and was a bit intimidated by how long the book was But thanks to some good reviews I decided to give it a try I m glad I did because the story was really good and it read surprisingly fast Best praise I can give it would be to say that I enjoyed reading and felt like I learned something. Epic, as a description, is thrown around far too often these days So often, in fact, that the meaning has been diluted down to where it is used only to describe a long story.Alaska, by James Michener is not just a long story Rather, Alaska is an epic in the original sense a story that is told over the course of epochs, involving generations of characters and genealogies The story begins with the forming of the continent of North America and takes the reader through modern times Along the way, the people who shaped Alaska are introduced and we follow their stories as they form the greater narrative We meet the Russian and Inuit settlers, the captains of the great whalers, the politicians and gold miners who wanted to claim Alaska as their own We meet the average people who, in extraodinary circumstances, become heroes and outlaws We even meet the dogs and salmon who form such an integral part of Alaska s story.Michener writes with a clear, simple style He weaves characters together with such deftness that the reader never questions the occasional use deus ex machina or coincidence to further the greater story Thankfully, Michener is not overly wordy, else his thousand page stories would be double or treble their length Instead, he is concise and not too verbose, describing places, events, and settings with a few words before entering it into the grand positions.Any book titled with the name of a place should be valued at how well it either explains or entices the reader into learning about, or visiting said place Alaska, judged thusly, earns top marks Alaska, the place itself, has been transformed in my mind from a cold, mountain place, rarely thought of, to a desired destination somewhere I would like to travel to, even if only briefly. James Michener stato un autore statunitense che ha scritto pi di 40 libri, la maggior parte dei quali raccontano le vicissitudini di una determinata area geografica attraverso le vicende delle persone che vi hanno vissuto In Italia i suoi libri sono stati pubblicati da Bompiani dal 2016 parte del gruppo editoriale Giunti ma adesso sono quasi introvabili fa eccezione La baia ripubblicato nel 2016 da Edizioni e o Alaska il secondo libro di Michener che ho letto e ne ho subito il fascino, al punto da inserire il quarantanovesimo stato degli Usa nella lista dei viaggi che vorrei fare preciso che si tratta di una lista quasi infinita dove i paesi freddi occupano un posto preminente Il protagonista indiscusso il territorio con la sua storia geologica e antropologica, anche se una parte pi rilevante, rispetto a La Baia, dedicata alle popolazioni indigene che hanno colonizzato questo territorio, ponte tra Asia e America, e hanno contribuito a mantenerne vive le tradizioni Russia e Alaska sono separate da pochi chilometri dallo stretto di Bering.La battaglia per i diritti politici dell Alaska inizia con i primi russi nel XVIII secolo e raggiunge un primo risultato solo il 7 luglio 1958 quando il presidente Eisenhower firma l Alaska Statehood Act che rende l Alaska uno Stato degli USA a tutti gli effetti i diritti dei nativi vengono riconosciuti solo nel 1971 con i diritti di propriet e di sfruttamento dei territori del paese ricchi di minerali e petrolio Chiesa russa ortodossa nel villaggio di Tatilik i russi furono i primi a colonizzare i territori a est della Siberia David McNew Getty Images L Alaska, nella visione di Michener, ha la sua forza nel mix di culture e nella fusione tra le varie etnie inuit, lapponi, aleutini, tlingit, russi, europei e nordamericani gli inverni durissimi con temperature anche di 50 gradi sotto zero che durano sei mesi e la mancanza di luce per almeno tre possono essere superati solo se le comunit rimangono unite e solidali Non mancano certo gli stessi problemi che le popolazioni indigene sperimentano in tutti gli States opportunit differenti di accesso all istruzione, alcolismo ed elevato tasso di suicidi ostacolano il pieno sviluppo della regione attraendo opportunisti e avventurieri che si precipitano in Alaska da tutto il mondo per sfruttarne le ricchezze Totem tradizionale foto di Francesco Mismirigo La caratterizzazione dei personaggi la nota dolente perch Michener tende a proporre uomini e donne che si suddividono schematicamente in buoni e cattivi, fortunati e sfortunati, eccezionali e mediocri Se il vostro interesse come lettori si concentra sullo sviluppo dei protagonisti, allora forse rimarrete delusi se invece ed il mio caso siete soprattutto dei viaggiatori curiosi, allora rimarrete colpiti dalla capacit di questo autore di spiegare le strette connessioni tra caratteristiche di un territorio e sviluppo antropico, tra i grandi fatti storici e le loro ripercussioni sulla vita quotidiana delle persone comuni. A novel almost as big as the state I learned so much from this book, so many things I never realized had happened Guess they didn t teach us anything in history class about Alaska I thoroughly enjoyed the use of family through several generations In this day, Michener s use of strong women and getting over cultural groups intermarrying is a huge plus I really liked the South Dakotan that was of Scot English about 10 other nationalities talking about half breeds Get a grip Michener boiled it down to it s all about who you are and what you believe And that is all that matters. Just arrived from Germany through BM.Page 141 Thus the great expedition proposed by Vitus Bering staggered to an inconclusive ending No officer had set foot on Alaska proper the scientific excursions had been aborted no useful charting was done and fifteen men had already been lost The adventure which Bering had said could be completed for ten thousand rubles would ultimately consume the two million predicted by the accountants, and all that would have been proved which was not already known was that Alaska existed and Terra da Gama did not.Page 170 Before Cook, a British warship could leave England with four hundred sailors and expect one hundred and eighty to be dead by the time the voyage was over, and sometimes the toll reached the appealing figure of two hundred and eighty Cook, unwilling to captain a ship that was little than a floating coffin, decided in his quiet, efficient way, to change this, and he did so by instituting a few sensible rules, as he explained to his crew at the beginning of their memorable third voyage We have found that scurvy can be controlled if you will keep your quarters clean If you wear clean dry clothes whenever you can If you follow our rule of one watch on, two off so that you get plenty of rest And if you will each day consume your portion of wort and rob Page 178 After Pym, with no knowledge or charts to guide him, sailed his Evening Star north from Lapak, he entered a world into no other American had ventured or would soon do so.Page 180 In the days that followed, the Americans learned that these men lived a short distance to the north in a village of thirteen subterranean huts containing fifty seven people, and to the vast relief of the whalers, they found that the villagers were peacefully inclined They were Eskimos, lineal descendants of those adventurers who had followed Oogruk from Asia fourteen years earlier Six hundred and sixty generations separated them from Oogruk, and in the course of time they had acquired the skills which enabled them to survive and even prosper north of the Arctic Circle, which lay nearly three hundred miles to the south.Page 214 In that memorable year 1789, when France launched the revolution which would bring its people freedom from excessive tyranny, and the former American Colonies ratified their revolution by initiating a new form of government, under a remarkable constitution ensuring freedom, a group of vicious Russian fur traders committed a great atrocity against the Aleuts on Lapak Island.Page 813 One day she had guided him toward the shore of the Knik River, and she told Flossie I think she wants us to go see the George Lakes, and with only this shadowy suggestion the old Irishman organized an expedition to one of the treasures of Alaska Way up there a closed in valley It ought to flow directly into the Knik, but the wall of the glacier blocks it off, so the backed up water forms a chain of three beautiful lakes, Upper, Inner and Lower Lake George And there they stay locked up all through the cold weather, because the frozen glacier serves as a stopper Page 825 You can come to Alaska forty times and travel around all sides to those mountains and never see Denali, and Venn said I know But there it was, in all its frozen glory, not only the highest peak of the continent but also the farthest north by a large margin When you paid your respects to Denali, you were knocking on the door of the Arctic Circle, which lay less than two hundred and fifty miles to the north.Page 910 In 1969 the United States government began paying serious attention to the problem of how ancient land rights of the Alaskian Natives could be honored and protected, and one honest principle motivated all decisions. This is a novelcorrection, a saga, built from about three novels and four novellas But it s not pure fiction A number of events and characters are historical and a section in the front tells you which are which Both an education and a real pleasure, if you like Alaska and of course everybody does this is probably a must read.Michener chronicles the history of Alaska the accretion of land to form it arrivals of Athabascans, Eskimos, Aleuts, Russians, and Americans the fur trade the gold rushes the Klondike and Nome the salmon industry and oil on the North Slope Weaving in triumph and tragedy at every significant point of history, Michener really makes it feel like a good novel even though you know you are getting a lot than that.My reading about Alaska has been almost all non fiction John McPhee, Dana Stabenow s travel articles, a number of memoirs by homesteaders and travelers, and the parts of George Kennan and a biography of Captain Cook that relate to it, etc Thought I knew a fair amount about Alaska Still, Michener gave me a huge amount of new factual information Remember that fact and fiction section at the front See how far you can get without reading it and if you can tell on your own what s real and what s not I made it as far as meeting Captain Mike Healy, maybe the most interesting character in the book, and had guessed wrong on who or what was real three times Once , I felt deeply indebted to Michener and was tempted to turn right around and start reading it all over again. James Michener is one of the reasons that I ADORE historical fiction as a genre This is my fifth 5th reading selection by this author and he continues to hold me spellbound As Michener navigates the origins of the land now known as Alaska and moves us to the 20th century, he creates a bold tale of the men and women that have left their marks on what is often considered a brutal frontier If I described Michener s Poland as a military history, Alaska is most certainly a social history Perhaps my most favorite chapters in the book are about the gold rush both the Yukon and Nome and the salmon fishing industry Michener even creates a salmon character as they are most evident of Alaska s struggle for statehood Although this book was written in 1988, it still can be found on many Alaska read lists and serves as a great introduction to any reader that is interested in learning In addition, the book has a series of maps and a fact and fiction section. For two months the author took me on a journey, soaring over majestic mountains and ice crusted seas I was immersed in the history of the people and their ways and shown both sides of what happens when cultures clash Alaska unforgiving and brutal to those who don,t follow her rules but a gem to behold for those who take the chance to know her I probably read an additional three books of info online just following up on some of the topics the author went over in the book The closest you can get to Alaska without actually going.