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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The Covenant: A Novel [James A. Michener] on *FREE* Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially. Get personalized recommendations and earn points toward a free book! Before you go Check Out These. 21 Books You've Been Meaning to Read. Africa has banned the book), the non-white side of things never suffering Zulu massacre, reaffirming their supposed land "covenant" with God.

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. 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. From the inside flap: 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. The beginnings of the horrific racism is obvious as early as the moment European feet touch African soil.

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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.

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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. It finally became a language distinct from true Dutch. English settlers figured more and more powerfully into the South African politics and landscape. By mid-century s , skirmishes between the two forces were commonplace. The great and famous Zulu king, Shaka, swept across eastern South Africa in the early s, uniting more land than had been held under one ruler before.

This is certainly a study on how NOT to develop and run a diverse, fair society, but that's kind of the point.

It really is too bad that we don't get to see this story through to the end of apartheid; however, if this had been written in there would undoubtably be future history that readers a hundred years from now would lament not being being included. Woah there buddy, isn't it a little redundant to be calling a tome gigantic?

If it's a tome it is gigantic by its very definition, or are you saying that it's especially large, even for a tome?

Alright, so when I was considering writing a review of this tome, I made a promise to myself not to use the word epic. Newsflash, genius, you are writing a review and you just used the word epic. Mission failed, promise to self br I promised myself when I considered writing a review of this gigantic tome Mission failed, promise to self broken you suck.

Anyway, I did not want to use the word epic to describe this novel, but I realized that there isn't another word that would describe it adequately.

Oh look, I have a thesaurus. Check it out: Inflated, grandiose, gargantuan, monumental, towering, gigantic, Brobdingnagian Sooo, this is a big book and if you're not interested in South African history, it might not be something you want to read. Durrr, hey I'm not interested in reading about South African history, I think I'll read this monstrous thank you, thesaurus Michener book that focuses entirely on South Africa.

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Yes, as a matter of fact But do you think that anyone reading your review is that stupid? Of course not, they're obviously individuals of highly evolved taste and intelligence.

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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.Create a Want BookSleuth Can't remember the title or the author of a book? It is actually a tape recording with a monotonous narrator that cannot pronounce a single word related to the Dutch, Afrikaners, Xhosa, Zulu.

I immersed in the ocean of millennial saga, surrender to his craft, not getting drowned but in fascination.

As with all Michener books, it is well researched and written.

Jan 30, katie rated it really liked it. I think of the fifties being a gentler time, certainly more idealistic and this book certainly portrays that. And only now do I have a full picture of what lead up was to the different phases of South Africa's evolution. A panoramic novel, spanning centuries, where the tragic heroine is Mother South Africa, whose children are unable to live together in peace.

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