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The Drifters by James A. Michener
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Aug 03, 2011


This hefty book begins with promise. It's 1968 and the first 6 chapters each bring a main character through their journey to a common physical location. The next few chapters chronicle their interactions and give a rich history of young people and the socio-political issues of the late 60's. That said the last half of the book devolves into a dry political commentary where the authors voice becomes so loud no character can break through. Even when the original 6 experience a terrific loss there is no emotion - only a kind of detached 'hmph' and a feeling that it was bound to happen. There's got to be a better Michener novel out there. This one is just too dry and heartless to recommend.
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