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Start by marking “The Covenant” as Want to Read: James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific, which inspired the. The Covenant is a historical novel by American author James A. Michener, published in . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Download as PDF · Printable version. The Covenant (): James A. Michener: Books. site Book Review Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more.

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Shelves: library , historical-fiction , favorites , my-people-hungarians , wishlist At any given time a day, a woman is giving birth to a baby. There is a man to thank; who fought for the simple advancement of washing hands when assisting births to prevent this life-threatening infection: Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis. Th At any given time a day, a woman is giving birth to a baby. The text instantly throws the reader into the story in the strain of a classical novel and yet is unique and all its own. Basically, one will experience a plethora of emotions. Give it a chance though, as one quickly gets used to it at which point the plot, pace, and excitement carries the reader quickly away. The reader will be bursting with an urge to jump into the book and hug Semmelweis during his high moments and to comfort him during his lows. Thompson obviously put a lot of heart into the tale with more history than fiction but with a fast beating narrative. As a Hungarian, I am critical of authors portraying my people but Thompson is accurate and relatable without being stereotypical.

The Power is linked to their life force; the more they use, the faster they age. This becomes more dangerous as, upon Ascending, their powers reach their full strength and become so addictive, seductive as they say, that some cannot resist.

Caleb - who is closest to his 18th birthday - exhibits restraint.

The Covenant by James Michener–a review, and a rant, too

While attending a bonfire, Caleb meets Sarah, a transfer student from a public high school in Boston. Their meeting is cut short when cops appear to break up the party. The boys escape by using their combined power. After a student is found mysteriously dead near their campus, various paranormal occurrences take place, with Sarah and her roommate Kate being the focus of it. Upset, Caleb suspects Reid - the most reckless of the warlocks - but he angrily denies any abusive usage of his powers.

Caleb and later Pogue see a "darkling", a dead spirit and a malicious omen. Meanwhile, Caleb and Sarah quickly become romantically close.

The Covenant by James A. Michener

During a swim race, Caleb notices Chase, who had befriended the group, displaying magic usage. As the Sons discuss this revelation, Pogue learns that his girlfriend was rendered comatose by a spell. Enraged, he hastily challenges Chase, who swiftly hospitalizes him.

Caleb visits Sarah, only to fall into Chase's trap. Chase reveals that he was unaware of his magic's origin, having been adopted. After locating his biological father, he learned of the price for Ascension; but it was too late and he has become too addicted to using magic. His biological father then transferred power to him. Chase wants to force other "Ascended" witches to transfer power to him as well, starting with Caleb. Despite Caleb's warning that having more power does not save him from aging to death, Chase ignores him.

Before leaving, Chase threatens harm on Caleb's family and friends if he does not get what he wants.

Caleb reveals the truth to Sarah and takes her to his father, a man of 44 years with a decrepit old body, exhausted from magic abuse. When Sarah suggests that one of the other three transfer their power to Caleb so he could evenly match Chase, Caleb immediately refuses, explaining that doing so will cost them all their lives. On the night of Caleb's 18th birthday, he leaves to face Chase alone and has Reid and Tyler safeguard Sarah in public.

However, Chase easily kidnaps Sarah. At an old barn, the two confront each other. Chase reveals a spellbound Sarah and gives Caleb an ultimatum of his life for hers.

Caleb declares he will not will his power away or let Sarah come to harm. They duel and Caleb is clearly outmatched. At the exact minute of his birth, he Ascends and his power fully matures, which allows him to mount an offensive.

However, as Chase has more than one magical share, he still proves superior and the temporary turn of tide does not last long.

Back at home, Evelyn, Caleb's mother, begs her husband to save Caleb. He sacrifices himself and transfers his power remotely to his son. Once his father's power is infused within him, Caleb hits Chase with a final blow that engulfs him in a ball of flame. Sarah, Kate and Pogue awaken, freed from their curses.

Firefighters arrive on the scene. Stunned, Ham ran outside and told his brothers. Shem father of Israel and Arab nations and Japheth father of European tribes were mortified. Shem and Japheth tattled on Ham. How fair is that story? And how far would you go to use that as justification for lasting and far-reaching governmental policies that controlled peoples lives for centuries?

Insane, right?

Well, up until people used that same rationale in the United States, too. At any rate, all this combined led the white Afrikaners in South Africa to truly believe God had ordained them to subjugate the blacks, to keep them inferior and overpowered. Reading and understanding this epic horror leaves me speechless, and my heart unable to comprehend such arrogance and cruel self-centeredness.

Once again, religion has been responsible for epic atrocities. I made my reading list for Sabbatical over a year ago: Sabbatical plans have to be submitted in late October for the following year.

My edition of the book used from site is pages long. I finished it last night—Nov. The book was amazing, and well-worth the read. The best and worst of two continents carve an empire out of the vast wilderness that is to become South Africa.

For hundreds of years, their rivalries and passions spill across the land. From the first Afrikaners to the powerful Zulu nation, and the missionaries who lived with both—all of them will influence and take part in the wars and politics that will change a nation forever.

The story starts with them. Prince Henry died before realizing his dream, but this men did push farther south than any Europeans ever had before. Such amazing technology could not have been achieved by Africans.

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The beginnings of the horrific racism is obvious as early as the moment European feet touch African soil. Eventually, these Dutch settlers, vineyard owners, businessmen, and farmers rebelled.

Some moved east and north out of direct reach of the Companie. These farmers became called Boers. These Boers were fiercely independent, and fought ferociously for freedom…through the centuries. In the story, Michener follows generations of several families. One of them directly involved from the beginning of the Companie is the van Doorn family from until the end of the story. See first photo. Huguenots Protestants arrived, by way of Amsterdam, but from France and Belgium, too.

Because of the similarity of the Calvinist beliefs to that of the Dutch Reformed believers from Holland, they were mostly absorbed into the strain that eventually became Afrikaners not called Afrikaner for quite some time, however. Du Pre brought from France an advanced ability to cultivate excellent wine grapes and wine-making skills. The skills were embraced, as well as the grape vine shoots carried all the way from Europe, but the French language was effectively extinguished by the Dutch-speakers within a generation.

All through this time, the Dutch language was being altered, accommodating aspects of Zulu, Xhosa, Hottentot, and other languages as well as even shades of English.