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Fires of Spring epub

by James A. Michener


Fires of Spring epub

ISBN: 0449200302

ISBN13: 978-0449200308

Author: James A. Michener

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Fawcett (December 12, 1982)

ePUB book: 1348 kb

FB2 book: 1986 kb

Rating: 4.1

Votes: 645

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The Fires of Spring is a work of historical fiction.

The Fires of Spring is a work of historical fiction. Apart from the well-known actual people, events, and locales that figure in the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Published in the United States by Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, an imprint of Random House, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York. DIAL PRESS and the HOUSE colophon are registered trademarks of Random House LLC.

The Fires of Spring is James Michener's second novel. I have read somewhere that Michener himself said that this was the least of his books, but I don't now why. The Fires of Spring was published in 1949, Augie March in 1953. Both authors seem to evolve from much shorter and more simple novels in this, their third novel. Both are semi biographical Bildungsroman novels. At the same time, Augie March is listed on many lists of th so called 100 greatest novels. As I previously stated, I had never heard anyone ever mention The Fires of Spring. Obviously novels are a matter of taste. I found it engaging and rewarding.

The Fires of Spring book. One might wonder after reading this book if the great James A. Michener missed his calling as a novelist for teens. A man can travel all over the world and come back the same kind of fool he was when he started. You can't do that with books. Old Daniel, The Fires of Spring, P. 42.

James Albert Michener (/ˈmɪtʃənər/ or /ˈmɪtʃnər/; February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997) was an American author.

After the violent excitement of Paradise, he was glad for the refuge of books. Their scouts reported: He’s got no money. Not a cent ues, let alone dance fees?. Men who had seen him play basketball said: In his jerk-water league he was all-county for three years. But you know the small-town athletes. They bloom in the bushes but they bust in college. Most damning of all, one of the scouts discovered his marks: Another brain trust. Probably wind up as a radical.

Space this book should give michener fans exactly what they . Published by Ballantine Books.

Space This book should give michener fans exactly what they expect. New york daily news a novel of very high adventure.

An intimate early novel from James A. Michener, now remembered as the beloved master of the historical epic, The Fires of Spring unfolds with the bittersweet drama of a boy's perilous journey into manhood. David Harper is an orphan, seemingly doomed to loneliness and poverty. As an adolescent con artist and petty thief, David spends his days grifting at an amusement park, the place where he first learns about women and the mysteries of love. Soon he discovers that his longing to embrace the world is stronger than the harsh realities that constrain him.

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by James A. Michener. 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. by James A. The best novel of James Michener's career. Milwaukee JournalGold fever swept the world in 1897. The chance for untold riches sent thousands of dreamers on a perilous trek toward their fortunes, failures, or deaths. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together.

Got the Kindle addition. This is a book I've read a couple of times in the past and loved. I was very disappointed that a whole chunk of the book is missing from my kindle addition. It simply drops off in the middle of a chapter and them jumps to part 3. The part missing is a very important part to the story. Makes me leery to buy anymore kindle books.
I'm writing this 'review' specifically to address the previously-reported (years ago) issue of missing parts of the book in Kindle format. I purchased the current Kindle edition a few minutes ago because the price cut was so good that I felt it was worth taking a chance that those missing parts had been restored, which seems to be the case. I don't have any other version to compare with the Kindle edition, so my conclusions are based on my perusal of the current Kindle edition, taking into account the missing piece(s) reported by some other reviewers in the past. There are about 25 pages that apparently have been restored to the end of Part 2, just where some had previously noticed a major truncation. Also of interest is the fact that this Kindle edition has apparently replaced the sample of "Centennial" with a sample of "Hawaii", which certainly makes it sound like a different version than the one with the Part 2 truncation. So as far as I can tell, this Kindle edition seems to be an updated (and hopefully complete) version of one that had missing parts. It's Michener at a great price, GO FOR IT!
I have come to have a great appreciation of James Michener. This is his third published novel. I do not believe I have ever heard anyone mention this novel. It is so called "Bildungsroman" or coming of age novel, semi autobiographical in nature. It is set in the early 20th century and ends prior to World War II. It is a very enjoyable read, if not great literature. I will not risk spoiling this novel for a reader, but I will say I felt the novel ended in a manner that would have allowed for a sequel.

It reminds me very much of another such novel, "The Adventures of Augie March" by Saul Bellow. James Michener was born in 1907. Saul Bellow was born in 1915. Both authors served in World War II. Both started publishing novels after World War II. Augie March was Saul Bellow's third novel. The Fires of Spring is James Michener's second novel. The Fires of Spring was published in 1949, Augie March in 1953. Both authors seem to evolve from much shorter and more simple novels in this, their third novel. Both are semi biographical Bildungsroman novels. At the same time, Augie March is listed on many lists of th so called 100 greatest novels. As I previously stated, I had never heard anyone ever mention The Fires of Spring.

Obviously novels are a matter of taste. It is crystal clear to me that reading tastes are evolving. Many times I have heard novels that I love described as boring. But If a reader is interested in a mid 20th century, enjoyable, coming of age novel, you may find this novel is well worth a try.
The kindle edition of the book is flawed. A large portion of the chapter "Paradise" is not in the correct place. I found it at the end affter a sample of the novel "Centennial". The chapter ended in a clean enough way that I did not realize it was truncated. Certain things did not make a lot of sense but the book was still readable. There are only five large chapters so you miss quite a bit. After reading the full chapter, I would give the book 5 stars but no stars for the kindle edition.
My understanding is this is one of his earliest novels. The novel is lengthy, without being engaging. Other than chronology, the storyline has little focus. The primary protagonist seems to drift from one set of circumstances to the other from his childhood through his early adulthood. It seems almost autobiographical in nature, though I don’t know the story of Michener’s early years.

It had parts that kept me engaged enough that I wanted to finish it, but in general it’s not a book I will recommend.
I came from a very poor background. I know the fears of being hungry and not having enough of what I needed to survive. I understand what James Michener writes about when he describes poverty. Poverty scars you and effects every decision you make later in life. I always fear going hungry again or being cold or being alone. This is a very well written book because it comes from his heart. He knows real poverty.
I read this book many years ago and was thrilled to see it available as a Kindle book. It was like visiting an old friend reminding me why I have a passion for reading. This is the story of the hard fought struggle to become a good person, to see oneself honestly and deliberately try to become the best person possible. This is about struggle and imperfection, enlightenment, and self-realization. It is sweet, naive, harsh, tender, and full of life. I recommend it. It is a wonderful read.
I have read somewhere that Michener himself said that this was the least of his books, but I don't now why. I found it engaging and rewarding. I think it is semi-autobiographical.