Chesapeake Once again James A Michener brings history to life with this year saga of America s great bay and its Eastern Shore Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family who parallel the settling and

  • Title: Chesapeake
  • Author: James A. Michener
  • ISBN: 9780812970432
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once again James A Michener brings history to life with this 400 year saga of America s great bay and its Eastern Shore Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family, who parallel the settling and forming of the nation, CHESAPEAKE sweeps readers from the unspoiled world of the Native Americans to the voyages of Captain John Smith, the Revolutionary War, and right up tOnce again James A Michener brings history to life with this 400 year saga of America s great bay and its Eastern Shore Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family, who parallel the settling and forming of the nation, CHESAPEAKE sweeps readers from the unspoiled world of the Native Americans to the voyages of Captain John Smith, the Revolutionary War, and right up to modern times.From the Paperback edition.

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    1. A friend of mine, upon moving to Baltimore, asked why the area was so eff'd up. A friend told her she should read this book. She's moved on to Denver, but we had a recent conversation about Baltimore, which is where I still reside. I posed the same question, and she gave me the answer that had been given to hear, "You should read "Chesapeake."" Michener, I'm told by this friend, is a famed histo-geographical fictionalist, which is to say he writes stories that span centuries in a way in which a [...]

    2. Don't be afraid of Michener! I've heard the rule is that you can put the book down if you're not finished in 6 months ha! I think I am 2 months in. Drink tea and read little by little. Chesapeake follows a bunch of families living on the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern shore from before pre-colonial times through.well, I'm still reading. About halfway through, I was tickled to read about a GOOSE FAMILY hahaha. HONK!

    3. What is Michener's best book? Now that's a tough question. It's like asking 'what was Shakespeare's masterpiece?' or even 'what's your favourite Baskin & Robbins flavour ice-cream'? To me, based on the books I have read so far, it is a toss-up between Alaska, Hawaii and this marvellous page-turner, Chesapeake. I'll admit I really had doubts that a story which was limited to the history and area surrounding Chesapeake Bay would hold me for the 700 + pages in which Michener likes to let his na [...]

    4. This has to be one of the best books I have ever read. It has a strong storyline, it is gripping and yet it has at times a gentleness about it. I have read this book twice, and do not rule out a third time.a rare thing for me. I loved this.

    5. There is no better way to make history digestible than by telling the story through fictional charactersdynasties, really. This was really a beautiful and telling account of American history, from the days of Native Americans to the tragedy of Watergate. The scope of the story is magnificent - from exploration, to taming the land, to revolutions, to pirates, to civil rights. One of the things that struck me was how dramatic of a change occurred between about 1890 to 1930. I was sort of disappoin [...]

    6. James Michener has a remarkable talent for introducing a setting and taking his readers on a journey, that will make one understand the area through it's history and it's people. In Chesapeake, he forms a novel around that area in Maryland that borders the Choptank River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay.Michener begins with the natives just prior to settlement by colonial English. Through native (and later colonial) eyes, the reader gets a good feel for the bounty available in this area. He descri [...]

    7. I loved this book. It is my favorite by Michener. I read it the first time on a trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. If you ever visit this region, take this book along. It will make your trip a magical, spiritual experience. I read it again several years ago, and it brought back all those pleasant memories including tastes, sounds, sights, and smells. I could go for a soft-shell crab sandwich just thinking about it!

    8. Just arrived from USA through BM.The cover of this edition, provided by , is the following:This book covers the history of the North American east, mainly Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where the Choptank River flows into the Chesapeake. By covering the historical period from 1583 to 1978, the author describes many historical facts and plenty of main characters, showing how the founders of 4 families will dominate the main plot: the Steeds, the Paxmores, the Caters and the Turlocks. Some strong and [...]

    9. What a great overview of life in the Chesapeake and Eastern Shore of Maryland from pre-colonization forward told first through the eyes of the Native Americans and then through the many generations of Steeds, the planters of Devon Island, Paxmores, the intellectual Quakers living on Peace Cliff as well as the Turlocks who intermixed with the natives and were most comfortable living and at times barely surviving in the marshes, the Caters who were direct descendants of the African, Cudjo, and the [...]

    10. For the past 10 years, my wife and I have vacationed on the James River -- nearly across the river from Jamestown VA. It's an amazing vacation -- eating crabs, watching sunsets and the fury of storms blowing down the James River. We usually arrive from Boston by driving down the Eastern Shore or DelMarVa peninsula. It always seems so isolated to me. A region out of time and just barely connected to the mainland of the US. This book, which I begun during what will in all likelihood be our last tr [...]

    11. Chesapeake is the rambling story of a portion of the Chesapeake Bay area from the time just before Europeans arrived until the 1970's. While the story began well, eventually it really did begin to ramble but also it skipped major moments in history (the Civil War is mentioned as an afterthought and the Civil Rights movement is mentioned as a peripheral occurrence). These lapses in historical moments are an interesting choice, considering the nearly insignificant details that are included. At one [...]

    12. This is not the first book I have read by this author. I am always impressed, if not amazed, by his depth of knowledge concerning the topography, people, and in-depth history of the areas about which he writes. This book was no exception. The book unfolds in voyages, fourteen in all, and takes us across an amazing four centuries. It begins with the native tribes living in the Choptank area of the country in the 16th century, and moves across time as colonists embark from Europe. Amazingly, he tr [...]

    13. From 1583 to 1978 the saga moves, tracking the lives of individuals, their families, the society they live in, and most importantly the place where all of this happens. Chesapeake is as much about a way of life, as it is about the place and its people. The book is typical Michener, and uses individual stories across generations to show the way a place and its society has evolved. Even as each generation's story is read, it is difficult to realise the passage of time, since sometimes the changes [...]

    14. I read 'Chesapeake' some thirty years ago - yet the vivid memories and impact of it are still with me today so that I intend to reread it again if time ever permits ! I mention the time factor because it sits in that genre of massive 'blockbusters'(alongside 'War And Peace') - the size of a brick and unputdownable !In this masterpiece, James A. Michener encapsulates almost the entire history of America within the microcosm of the Chesapeake Bay area, with its ancient abundance of fish, herons an [...]

    15. I almost put this down after 200 pages because it's so ferociously non-literary, but I'm glad I slogged through. Michener takes a god's eye view of the region, beginning with John Smith and the Indians, and unrolls the history through the generations of 4 families--plantation owners, Quakers, low-life "watermen", and African American. There are cameo appearances from George Washington and other worthies, incursions by pirates, chapters on boat building--even a crab cake recipe, and a little dram [...]

    16. In a way, if you've read one Michener, you've read them all. But not because, after all, just because you know the history of mankind in Spain (or Hawaii or Poland) doesn't mean you know it for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I started this novel my first week in DC. It was a thousand pages long. It became a roadblock between me and the next book ("I will not open another book until I finish this!") and I let it block me for over a year (I was busy!). All that said, I'm glad to have read it. I c [...]

    17. Read this when I moved to the Chesapeake bordering community of Poquoson, Va. Was an excellent introduction to the area and culture. Ran into Bull Islanders who could have been the prototypes used to develop some of the cast.

    18. I was loving this up until just prior to the Civil War when it started to go downhill for me. Too much politics and social commentary. Everything before that though was fabulous.

    19. At one point, a character towards the end of Chesapeake says "Oh Jesus What a bad bargain we've made here." That seems to be an underlying theme of much of James A Michener's work. The last chapter in a Michener book, Chesapeake is no exception, is some sort of clash of descendants that has been building up since the first chapter (in some cases, since the earth began): in Poland, it's the clash between the Poles and the Russians; in The Covenant it's the clash between defenders of apartheid and [...]

    20. At 1,001 pages, this is the longest book I have ever read! I had had my eye on it for some time, and a recent trip to the Chesapeake sparked my interest and I brought it along. Two weeks later, I finished his behemoth. And that's my biggest complaint. The book is simply too long. Broken up into 14 "Voyages", the book could have been chunked into shorter novels, each focusing on a time period. The reason why this book earned a third star, in my view, is because of the tireless effort and research [...]

    21. This is my first Michener book and I am sorry it took me so long to read this author. The size of his books made me hesitant to start a book. I loved this book and the way he used the geese, ducks and crane throughout the book. My favorite chapters were the stories about the ducks. Michener uses fictional families to tell the story of the Chesapeake area (VA and Maryland). He doesn't shy away from the ugly period of slavery and is an excellent story teller. I am a new fan. This book does contain [...]

    22. First book I ever read by Michener. Love at first read! It's been a staple read of mine, every few years, when I crave a sweeping saga of historical fiction! This is the best! It's such a comfortable world to get lost into for hours; so detailed, plenty of riveting events, and amazing characters. So well researched!Oddly, I read several other of his books and just could never get into them like I did this one. He's an amazing writer! Highly recommend this one.

    23. Sweeping saga of a place, made more personally interesting to me by the fact that I've spent 19 of the last 22 years in this region. Definitely a worthwhile read, but pacing was strange, sometimes going into great detail about a particular event or couple of hours, then glossing over a decade or two. The story held my interest, but I wish I'd read the paper or electronic version instead of listening to the audiobook because I wasn't drawn to the narrator's style. Speeding it up helped, but I sti [...]

    24. Quite an undertaking to write such a book. I never thought I would finish it. Especially liked the chapter Rosalind's revenge.

    25. This novel is a sweeping saga that tracks three families of differing socials classes from the day they arrive on the Delmarva (eastern shore of Maryland) to the late 1970s. It would be interesting to read Michener's view on the last 30 years. Michnener is sparse on dialog and fond of using words that even the college prep courses haven't discovered. If you decide to take this journey, and it is a long one (800+ pages), don't expect high drama and page-turning action and suspense. Prepare yourse [...]

    26. Interesting that does not offer me the option of rating this book. Wonder what that is about? Anyway, this book is nearly 1,100 pages long, so don't bother to read my review, because you are never going to read this book (unless of course you live on the Chesapeake Bay, in which case you have probably already read it, and therefore have even less reason to read my review). I can hardly believe I read it myself, but I did, apparently out of sheer stubbornness.When I was a youngster, probably in [...]

    27. In his fictional history of Chesapeake Bay, James Michener takes you to the top of a large building and lets you watch the pageant of centuries pass like a parade beneath your gaze. Though you can see the details of individuals as they pass, your perspective predisposes you to see the broad sweep of centuries. It is an amazing amalgam of crooks and colonels, priests and pirates, fishermen and floozies, merchants and mechanics with the natural history of Chesapeake Bay providing the backdrop for [...]

    28. Hey! I'm reading only later voyages in this book for school, if anyone can catch me up by replying to these questions, I would reallly appreciate it thanks!xoxo lolaVoyage 2: 1608 and The Island3. What, apparently, is the main motivation for the creation of the Church of England? How is itdifferent from the Catholic Church?4. What impact does the Catholic / Protestant rivalry have on the colonies in the Chesapeake?5. How does Devon Steed’s story illustrate both the hardships of life in the col [...]

    29. My second Michener didn't disappoint. His books, though long, aren't hard to read and the interwoven plots and stories keep things interesting. I liked the in depth look at the 17th, 18th, and first half of the 19th centuries, but then it seemed like Michener felt like he needed to get a move on and he sped through the rest. The lack of coverage of the Civil War itself as well as the bizarre inclusion of the Watergate scandal were both puzzlers. I enjoyed the format, with the concept of "Voyages [...]

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