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The Source by James A. Michener
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Feb 08, 08

Recommended to Melissa by: my Dad
Recommended for: anyone who likes history, or wants to feel accomplished after reading 900+ pages

If you've ever held something really old in your hands and wondered, "what was life like when this was made?" The Source is a chance to have your musings answered. Michener weaves fiction and history together seamlessly as he intertwines a narrative of an archeological dig in the 1960s (think: Indiana Jones without the bullwhip) with the stories of the artifacts and the people who created them. He traces the history of a single town in Israel/Palestine through the ages - from man's earliest attempts to tame nature and understand the supernatural, through the evolutions of the world's greatest religions, to the contemporary struggles that mark the land. The layers of story and the intricacies of the plot make it an enjoyable read even more than once. If the premise itself isn't enough to get you to read this book, then consider this: The Source is nearly 1000 pages long, and I have read it nearly 6 times.
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