As a child, I remember a winter of watching this amazing mini-series on television with my family. Each week being excited for the next installment of the series. Then I read the James Michener novel, the inspiration for the mini-series, as a college student, and later again before returning to my Colorado home after 10 years away in Texas. I wanted to reconnect. I have recently read this story again, this time as an audiobook, and am re-reminded of the beautiful and historical place in which I am lucky enough to live Centennial is a love letter to Colorado. Michener unfolds the history of the place at the beginning of geological history. He exquisitely reveals what this land has been, what it is, what it may become. He then takes us on a journey of who has lived in this space - from dinosaurs, to the ancient horse, giant beaver, the bison, and finally to humanity. The personified stories of the species is poetic. Finally we see the epic struggles of the indigenous peoples, pioneers, settlers. It is an amazing and monumental journey of the land I call home.
900 page historical novel that changes the names of the major characters/places in history so you have to figure out for yourself who/what the hell this is all about. And the book is a musical also with people bursting into song all through the novel which interrupts the flow (like a Pynchon novel). And the final chapter turns into a maudlin love story? This book could have been much better and didn't need to be so long. Some elaborations go too far. It's a good book I read as more of a challenge to prove people in this day and age still read long novels. Old people have for years acted superior for reading Michener. Big Whoop. I'm interested in past events of the world therefore I am(stupid). This novel took me three weeks to finish. Plodding, relentless, boring, and when it's all over you wonder if you comprehended anything or could have been more thorough. A bit like life.
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