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The Drifters: A Novel Hardcover – 1 Jul 1971

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 751 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T); 1 edition (July 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394470206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394462004
  • ASIN: 0394462009
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 5.1 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A blockbuster of a book . . . full of surprise, drama, and fascination."--Philadelphia "Bulletin"
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"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"
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"["The Drifters"] conveys a sense of a new time, a new generation."--"Chicago Sun-Times"
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"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"

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"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize winning "Tales of the South Pacific, "the bestselling novels "The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, "and "Caravans, "and the memoir "The World Is My Home." Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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I first read The Drifters in 1973 whilst living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is very much a book of its time - a Michener Classic. I re-read last year and it continues to evoke the late 1960s/early 1970s for me. Michener was a first class story teller and although his style maybe a little dated for many of today's modern readers, it describes so well the times in which we were living in Europe way back then. The characters are so well drawn that on re-reading the book, I felt I could stretch out my hand and touch each and everyone of the young people wondering if those who were still alive at the end of the book are still living today, and what did they make of their remaining lives.
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This is the quintessential fictional account of the "summer of love", centred mostly in Torremolinos in July 1969 (I, in my mid-twenties at that time was touring Europe, and I didn't go there despite advice from friends - I'm still kicking myself). The characters come from varied backgrounds and countries, one is a draft-dodger, another a fugitive from the law. The attitudes of the youth of that period are detailed, the music, sex, drug culture, the counter-culture (the anarchistic movement which called itself The Weathermen is portrayed as The Haymakers). The book examines the background to the six-day war in the Middle East by means of fictional account, and there are some telling quotations at the start of each chapter which it is well to read in the light of present-day political taboos and restrictions on free expression. The South African situation at the time is also examined as the characters visit Mozambique and meet some Afrikaner Nationalists.
This is a work of stature. Not a factual history, maybe, but perhaps a better account of the era and its perspectives than might be found in a history book. If you want to understand Western youth of that time, read it.
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This is a great novel. I read it when it in the early seventies, when the book was published. It may appear a bit outdated out-dated now and the language speaks of the sixties but it is still as powerful now as it was then. The book speaks of freedom, free will to choose and of youth. An excellent read.
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Everyone knows this is a classic novel. But nobody has mentioned that the 2015 Dial Press edition is missing pages 79-110. It's definitely not intentional experimentation (a la Sterne), and there is no foreword or note about the omission (hardly the Dead Sea Scrolls is it).

So what happened? Was I unlucky? I doubt it. Another malfunction of the loveless mass-production that typifies prevailing business acumen surrounding art in modernity. Buy a different edition and cross your fingers.
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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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