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Poland by James A. Michener
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Recommended to Scott by: While reading 'A History of Russia' this seemed like it would be a good fiction 'read-along'. I've always enjoyed Michener's epics.
Recommended for: students of Poland, with a caveat as to the books many faults
Read in July, 2011 — I own a copy

Second shelf Michener, for sure.
Saadly this is a testimonial to the losing of talent as one ages.
OK, OK....not always, for sure; but as the norm, yes.

Sorting out the unfamiliar Polish names was something that I was never able to do throughout the 600+ pages, causing a flagging interest.
Many fascinating historical 'revelations' as only Michener can provide, but no continuity of style or format.

I am an even greater music lover than I am a bibliophile, but the reasons for the endless analyses of Chopin's music, bar by bar, became not only, incomprehensible as to its interminible inclusion therein.

However the tragedy of the plight of Poland, unending from the beginning of recorded time to the end of the 20th century is illuminating, heartbreaking, yet totally comprehensible. More than anything,the reasons for its constatnt partitioning and re-partitioning become clearer and clearer as Michener emphasizes the misfortune of geographical destiny.
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06/10/2011 page 275
49.0% "So far, not as captivating as other Michener epics"

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