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The Drifters [Mass Market Paperback]

James A. Michener
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1 July 2003
In this triumphant bestseller, renowned novelist James A. Michener unfolds a powerful and poignant drama of disenchanted youth during the Vietnam era. Against exotic backdrops including Spain, Morocco, and Mozambique, he weaves together the heady dreams, shocking tribulations, and heartwarming bonds of six young runaways cast adrift in the world—as well as the hedonistic pursuit of drugs and pleasure that collapses all around them. With the sure touch of a master, Michener pulls us into the private world of these unforgettable characters, exposing their innermost desires with remarkable candor and infinite compassion.
Praise for The Drifters
“A blockbuster of a book . . . full of surprise, drama, and fascination.”—Philadelphia Bulletin
“Rings with authentic detail and clearly descriptive sights and smells . . . The Drifters is to the generation gap what The Source was to Israel.”Publishers Weekly
“[The Drifters] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation.”Chicago Sun-Times
“Michener has slid open a window on the world of the dropout and has spared no effort to make the reader aware of this new world.”The Salt Lake Tribune

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reissue edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449213536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449213537
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars best book I ever read 17 Dec 2012
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Very in depth and interesting takes you on a journey and shows you the highlights along the way great characters. Have read this book time and time again
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic 8 July 2013
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one book you should read in your life is this one, won a plethora of awards in its day and although it is about the 60s the text is still pertinent to today's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Drifters 28 Mar 2014
By Debbie
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Brought as part of our book club listing, haven't read it yet. Arrived on time and in fair condition as described.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Regarding this book. 31 Mar 2014
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Not good either.

I thought the books would be in better condition.
I am disappointed. I am only keeping one out of three books that I purchased form you.
The state of the books are not are as good as to sell them. Not for me anyway. I wouldn't have minded to pay a little more and to get a better looking shape books.

Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seek Your Dreams 19 Mar 2002
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This book changed my life. In 1986 I actually followed the characters travels through Europe. The goal of the trip was to find the Alamo bar in Torremolinos, Spain. Even though no one had heard of such a bar and it was not listed in any business or telephone directory I did what the characters did-I wandered through the city.
At the end of a small alley was a hand scrawled sign that read "Alamo Bar". I followed the arrow and came to a tiny hole in the wall bar that had an upside down horseshoe over the door and a sign that said "Alamo Bar, open 8 til late". It seems that the people who ran the Alamo moved into a larger bar called the Stagecoach. According to the bartender, I was the second person who had found them because of the book. The other guy was from Poland and actually kissed the floor when he arrived. My copy of the book is still behind the bar waiting for the third visitor.
Five years later I met a woman who had just come back from Europe and I asked her where she visited. She replied "Have you ever heard of a book called "The Drifters"? A year and a half later she became my wife.
Read this book at the risk of changing your life too.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a classic 1 Feb 2003
By Garrett Riley - Published on
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The Drifters is thought provoking and entertaining. If you are older you will feel nogstaltic for your younger days.
The first half of the book sets up the stories on all the main characters who are all very interesting. We see what drove them to wind up in Spain in the resort town of Torremolinos. Once everyone is situated, we follow the group throughout their journeys to Pamplona, Southern Africa, Morroco, and Portugal.
James Michener, who wrote this when he was about 60 or so, shows that he has a great understanding of the youth culture. Even though this takes place over 30 years ago, it did not seem dated as Michener captured youth's universal characteristics.
My advice to anyone who is travelling around Europe, order this book right now and take it with you in your backpack!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One ticket to Torremolinos please! 17 Mar 2006
By Lauren Aguilar - Published on
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I am 21 years old, obviously far removed from the generation of the characters in this book. Even though it reads as dated at times, the themes are still relevant. The whole time reading it, one should stop to compare the issues of that era, the late 60's early 70's, to issues of today. The war, the situation in Israel, race relations in America. To see what these young people predicted and how they thought things should be and to see now how things are now, is fascinating. To see how things have changed or stayed the same. Despite the far out coincidences which hold the plot together & keep it moving, the act of travel and finding yourself overpowers any convenient plot twists.

I was upset to finish the book. I wanted to keep reading about these characters for as long as possible! My only gripe is the ending, it seemed too rushed. Other than that, essentially, if you have one ounce of wanderlust in your heart, you will enjoy this book.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drifting Through The Years 20 Dec 2005
By L. Baumgartner - Published on
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My first Michner book was Hawaii, required reading in high school (the mid-sixties). After that i read whatever Michner book i could get my hands on. When i read The Drifters i was 18 years old and it blew me away. These characters were who i wanted to be; they did everything i wanted to do. I wanted to be them. But the further i read the more i realized i wanted to be anyone BUT them. It was a real education for a starry eyed, naive young girl. But this book is so timeless and applies to our young people perhaps even more today so i gave a copy to my 20 year old son. He's been having trouble with identity crisis and drugs and i think this gave him a new perspective. If not, it's not because of the powerful message within these pages.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely, my favourite book. 28 May 2001
By melisse - Published on
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I am not exaggerating when I say that The Drifters truely moved me, so much so that it changed the way I view life forever. I'm a lover of adventure and travel and the journey of life and this book gave me a new understanding of what life can be. Finally, through Michener I understand the hardships of the 60's and the effects that the Vietnam war had on the world. Before reading this book, it was hard to imagine those revolutionary times that my parents grew up in. I loved each of the six main characters in a different way. They were real and easy to relate to. And the way they became a family and took care of each other was so touching. I wanted the story to go on forever. This book is also very inspirational. It makes you want to spring forward and book a ticket on the next flight to anywhere. Someday I hope to make the journey of The Drifters.
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