The Source: A Novel

By James A. Michener

In his signature form of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us again millions of years to the Holy Land. in the course of the discoveries of recent archaeologists excavating the location of inform Makor, Michener vividly re-creates existence in an historical urban and strains the profound heritage of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, the increase of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the fashionable clash within the center East. An epic story of affection, power, and religion, The resource is a richly written saga that encompasses the heritage of Western civilization and the good spiritual and cultural principles that experience formed our world.
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“Fascinating . . . beautiful . . . [a] great rampage via heritage . . . Biblical historical past, as noticeable throughout the eyes of a professor who's wondered, appalled, extremely joyful, enriched and impoverished by means of the spectacle of a land the place all males are archeologists.”The long island Times
“A sweeping [novel] packed with excitement—pagan ritual, the conflict of armies, old and smooth: the evolving drama of man’s faith.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing either in scope and method . . . one of many nice books of this generation.”San Francisco name Bulletin

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Then, with the correct statue …” “I’ll take it! ” the farmer determined. “How a lot? ” “Seven gurs of barley, seven of wheat,” Heth answered. Urbaal had identified that the associated fee will be steep, yet now he did a few calculations. “That’s greater than fourteen gin of silver,” he acknowledged. “Last 12 months it used to be in simple terms 8. ” “It is fourteen,” Heth agreed, “but this Astarte is exact. She wasn’t made by way of hand, like your others. They’ve stumbled on a brand new manner in Akka, and it expenditures. ” “I’ll take her,” Urbaal stated, and he picked up the little goddess, positioned her to his lips, and went again around the plaza to the place the monoliths stood. the key of Urbaal’s good fortune in farming lay in what he was once now approximately to do. He knew that if Astarte used to be the goddess of fecundity, she needs to cherish the sexual act because the resource of her energy, so he by no means left his goddesses on my own yet observed to it that they have been generously supplied with male gods. Bearing his new goddess to the traditional monolith of El, he brought her to the half-hidden one and whispered, “Tonight, nice El, you could come to the home of Urbaal, the place the goddess could be ready. ” He then took her to the opposite baals, protecting her seductively opposed to them, rubbing her physique opposed to theirs and whispering, “Tonight, while the moon is going down, come to the home of Urbaal, the place Astarte can be ready. ” keeping the little goddess tenderly in his cupped fingers, he bowed to the 4 monoliths and began homeward, yet as he did so, alongside the porch of the temple there handed a tall lady of 16 donning rough-spun gowns and golden sandals. She used to be narrow, and with each one step her lengthy naked legs broke during the clothing; her black hair, which fell lower than her shoulders, moved within the sun. Her face had a unprecedented good looks: darkish, extensively put eyes, lengthy directly nostril, excessive cheekbones and silken pores and skin. She walked with wide awake grace and was once conscious of the impression she created on males, for that was once her goal. Ever in view that her arrival in Makor, a slave captured in the course of a raid to the north, Urbaal have been interested by her. He observed her striding via his desires. She used to be in his olive groves while he inspected them, and while the ladies of Makor trampled his grapes she was once between them, the purple juice staining her lengthy legs. even if the farmer’s moment spouse, Timna, had had her baby, Urbaal may imagine in simple terms of the tall slave, and it used to be she who had pushed him to buy his fourth Astarte. Clutching the goddess towards his center, he watched the woman until eventually she disappeared into one other a part of the temple, a guy entirely captive to urges that appeared approximately to eat him. Bringing the clay goddess to his lips, he kissed her and whispered, “Astarte! My fields needs to produce. aid me! support me! ” He waited within the shadows for your time, hoping that the tall slave may perhaps go back, but if she didn't he wandered disconsolately again to the most gate, a classy zigzag affair with towers from which archers seemed down right into a maze of twists and turns. some time past the city of Makor had discovered that if its gate have been broad and forthright, establishing at once into the center of the city, any enemy who succeeded in dashing that gate stumbled on himself very easily contained in the city, which he may perhaps then despoil.

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