Book review: Chesapeake by James A. Michener

ChesapeakeChesapeake by James A. Michener

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
The cover of this edition, provided by Wikipedia, 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 remarkable female characters play important roles into the plot.

The book is divided in 18 chapters, each one beginning with a voyage that will provide the foundation for the chapter plot and will describe a particular generation of people.

Some geographical points, such as Devon Island and the town of Patamoke , are fictional. There is an interesting link, Talbot County, which suggests an itinerary for this book.

The author also describes a large variety of central themes, such as religion, slavery, poverty, industry and politics, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Emancipation and the Watergate scandal.

Some typical wildlife animals are also described, starting with the deer, the Canadian Honker geese, the oysters and crabs as well.

A magnificent book and an unforgettable saga that certainly will captivate many readers. So far, this is the best book I have read by James Michener.

4* Hawaii
4* Alaska
4.5* Chesapeake
TR Tales of the South Pacific
TR Caravans
TR Sayonara


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