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Alaska by James A. Michener
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 14, 2011 to January 10, 2012

A passionate story of a passionate region. The experiences of Michener's Alaskan characters are just as exciting and tumultuous as their surroundings. I appreciate that Michener's passion for the lives he created didn't tempt him to give them fairytale endings. Even when a character got a leg-up in one instance, life in Alaska's frontiers continued to assult them on other fronts. His portrayal of encounters between Native Alaskans, Europeans, and Asians were realistic in that they didn't become preachy, just facts laid bare. Both sides were afforded sympathetic reasoning.
While this book is truely epic, it was anticlimatic. The final chapter was unnecessary as it added little information to the plight of native Alaskans or unique wildlife and the stories that continued the bloodlines of the established character families were thin and peripheral. I simply wasn't prepared to commit to new characters on page 750.
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