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James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents. The Covenant All study of South Africa leads any outsider with sensibility to be appalled by the horrific institution of apartheid, which in. Collaborating on a manuscript with James A. Michener In his notes on the manuscript of The Covenant, Jim has this to say about our sessions together.

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I knew what I had to do but remember sitting there and worrying about Michener’s reaction: And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation.

He was, I believe, michrner most thorough editor I have ever worked with. While Michener’s prose is frequently as flat and colorless as the veld, his research is impressive. Michener’s entry in Who’s Who in Covennat says he was born on Feb.

And one somehow ends this huge volume with little feel for historical continuity or for the physical setting a surprising lapse from Michener. As with all Michener books, it is well researched and written. What Michener has set out to do is to embrace all South Africa’s people and follow them through all time, and do it without favor to any one particular group.

The Covenant by James Michener–a review, and a rant, too – Rebecca Fjelland Davis

The people and their struggles and the values that drove them enrich the story and add the personal touch to the sweeping changes around them. Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form.


It finally became a language distinct from true Dutch. The novel is set in South Africa, home to five distinct populations: The Afrikaaners mostly believed they had a covenant with God to rule this country and their religious beliefs gave them the fovenant to subject and enslave people they considered inferior.

The Covenant by James A. Michener

In fact, according to law, it was an abomination to see your father naked. Yet it is his surefooted grasp of what South Africa is uames has been that gives this book extraordinary authority and conviction. In South Africa had whites: You may have a point. Collaborating on a manuscript with James A.

An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in amid escalating civil strife. Yes, as a matter of fact His youngest son, Ham—considered to be the father of African nations—walked in on his dad in this shameful state.

The Covenant

I definitely want to read more Michener. In his story, Jim introduced a character called The Collector.

Next up Here are more stories that look at the news with empathy, insight, and hope. Both historical and fictional characters appear throughout the novel. Adhered to the Old Testament and believed the blacks and coloureds were similar to the Cannanites desendents of Ham who were expelled from the house of the Lord Believed they had a special covenant with God.

Many of the children in these camps died, as did some of the adults. Anyone I know some consider Michener a lightweight – in fact I don’t know anyone else who enjoys reading him – but I have enjoyed learning a bit more about complicated social histories of a particular area. The story behind South Africa. This is an excellent book, that’s all I’m saying.


We lost the propaganda war.

Apartheid-reflected the Afrikaners belief that God willed the races to be kept separate. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Also by James A. He nevertheless gained international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, having received more than honours, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. Luckily, I have the advantage of knowing their future — they don’t win.

Bywith slavery having been abolished inand after the annexation of Natal as a British colony inthe British colonialists in Natal now kwaZulu-Natal turned to India to resolve a labour shortage. Over the next 50 years,more indentured Indian servants and labourers arrived, as well as numerous free “passenger Indians”, building the base for what would become the largest Indian community outside India. Jun 07, Daniel Villines rated it it was amazing. Unforgivable was the English action of removing women and children from a conquered area, burning out the left-behind farms into total obliteration, and placing conquered peoples into concentration camps.