The Immigrants (Lavette Family #1)
A love story of tremendous beauty...a tale of passion, adventure, and ambition set against the streets of San Francisco, America's most romantic city.
Dan Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman, battles from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping industry. Rising to success through hard work and a loveless marriage to the daughter...more
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It centers around immigrant life in America, much of it in San Francisco. There are Italia ...more
Dan Lavette's parents immigrated to America and eventually made their way to San Francisco, and Dan learns to be a fisherman like his father - but when the great earthquake and fire hits in 1906 Dan is left orphaned and on his own. Not one to let anything get him down, he aims high and plans to get it all. Money. Ships. The richest and most beautif ...more
My favorite characters in this book were Joseph and Anna Lavette, who are the original immigrants that the story opens up with. However, they are not the central characters of the book. It is their son Daniel who the bulk of the novel centers upon. He is an uneducated, rough, outspoke ...more
“The Immigrants” (1977) sat untouched on my bookshelf until I decided to pick it up about a week ago. Turns out this is the first of six novels chronicling the development of America along with the Lavette family.
“The Immigrants” begins in 1888 with a French-Italian fisherman and his young Italian wife arriving in New York Harbor and takes readers through 1933.
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So far, I am really enjoying this book, it is a page turner (pixel turner??). I love immigrant stories in general.
I have finished this book and wow. Hard to put down. Spent much of a low-key lazy Christmas day reading it. This is rags-to-riches-and-back-again story-- fiction, but historically accurate to early 20th century San Fransisco. ...more
There were certainly some things I liked and didn't like about this book. The 'immigrants' themselves get killed off right away. The story then settles into their son and his rise thru the ranks of San Francisco life in the early 1900's. The story moves so swiftly there isn't a lot of time for character development and that is the main downfall of the book, in my opinion ...more
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The Lavette's story is engaging, it depicts very well the history of the 20th century in North America. The characters are complex, rich and real. Is language has a journalistic tone, it's very graphical and you easly picture people and events on your head.
You will definitely want to find the other volumes of the saga - there are 6 in total.
And with frugality, a man becomes generous.
And he who does not desire to be ahead of the world becomes the leader of the world.”
A very Eastern outlook alien to the typical western writes. This book of Howard fast, my first time read of his works has a gripping story line which is definitely fast and sticks hard. I am usually skeptical about fast American Saga. Starts as a usual Family, revenge and intrigue but then evolves into something very tender and ...more
I am a fan of historical fiction, and really liked this book. The characters are well developed and I look forward to the rest of the series. I did read the kindle edition and found some typos that were distracting, but other than that a 5 star read.