‘Alaska’ By James A. Michener — Not One Of His Best; Maybe His Worst!

by Anura Guruge


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I was real disappointed. Felt like a major let down.

You could tell that he was TIRED. I knew that he must have been OLD when he wrote it. But, I did NOT check ‘HOW OLD’ until I finished. Now it is much clearer. He was 81 when he finished.

81-years old. Probably took him 2- to 3-years to write it. So, was writing it when he was in his late 70s.

ALAS, it shows. You can feel his tiredness!

Great shame.

This book has put me OFF Michener! I am upset by that.

But, then again I may have READ way TOO MUCH Michener — in too short of a time.

6 in two-years.

Three of them ‘Hawaii’, ‘The Covenant‘ & ‘Alaska’ huge, ‘1,000’-page books.

I loved ‘The Covenant’ & learnt much from ‘Hawaii’ — as I had done with with other books, such as ‘Texas’ & ‘Chesapeake Bay’.

Not so with ‘Alaska’.

Very superficial.

Very disappointing. I feel cheated.

In a way I feel sorry for him. I can, also, relate. I am 66. I KNOW that I am not writing ‘as well’ or with the ‘proficiency’ I did 10-years ago. And I have another decade to go to get to Michener’s age when he wrote ‘Alaska’. YIKES!


The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.


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by Anura Guruge


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