The Source: A Novel was first published in 1965 and is one of Michener’s finest novels.
The story begins in the 1970s at an archeological dig at the fictional Makor in the Galilee. Two areas are dug down to the bedrock. A story is told of the corresponding time in history of the artifacts found. Each chapter tells a story of the people and time of the artifacts. It follows one family line with a captivating story of people, artifacts, culture, political issues, and history. Between each historical tale is a running tale of the archaeological dig and the people working there. The research is amazing.
The story travels through many civilizations and portrays a history of the Jewish people. It is stunning in scope and the exploration of culture and history from about 10,000 BC to the mid-1960s is captivating. The scope is amazingly.
This book is long – very long as it travels through time revealing the history and people of the different societies. A gripping story of pagans, Hebrews, early Christianity, the Crusades, Romans, Muslims and modern archaeologist that is fascinating. A great summer read.
The Source: A Novel by James A. Michener is available at Amazon.