Michener is one of my favorite all time authors. This was a great book; I am envious of the talent he had and was sad to see him pass on a few years ago. I like Michener so much I even visited him museum in PA.
I'm not normally a big Michener fan. However, this novel is not like his regular epic type books. Great characters with a terrific story line. The novel is set in a 'not a nursing home' bugt a 'retirement community' in Florida. I enjoyed it very much and liked the way it ended.
This book reveals some of the workings of retirement homes as is in the style of James Michener's other novels, i.e. Hotel, Airport, etc. The many characters are interesting, lovable and rascally.
not the normal Michner book I enjoyed it beeing a senior citizan
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I gave a copy of it to a psychiatrist friend of mine who deals in geriatric psychiatry. The psychology of the retirement home is interesting since many of us will live in one someday. One of the most humorous scenes I remember in the book is how the breakdown of the soft serve ice cream machine was a major tragedy for the residents. I could relate to that. LOL
Great read- deals well with end of life issues, as well as presenting a view of healthy aging. There are several stories within the story - I really enjoyed it.
This books shows us that even in our golden years there is still alot of life to live. The elderly people where shown as people with important jobs, some of them still doing these jobs even in there 70 and 80.
It also shows us that even when young and disfigured in the prim of life, there is hope and love and life for use to live.
I found this book very hard to read. It seemed to be a series of "soapbox" vignettes loosely tied together by a poor plot. Probably should not have been my first Michener read.
As the new, young director of the Palms, Andy Zorn suffers no shortage of loving support and wise advice from his "elders," a group of 5 passionate, outspoken reisdents who refuse to accept the passive roles that both society and family have handed them. Yet past scandal has driven Zorn to despondency, until he meets an extraordinary young woman in the rehab wing, who has been forced to rebuild her life in the face of crippling injuries.
In his stunning new novel, Michener draws on his unparalleled gift for storytelling, his deep understanding of American society, and his on life experiences to illuminate the challenges of aging and the folly of youth in a Florida retirement home known as the Palms.
A great read!
Haven't read it. "In this stunning new novel, bestselling novelist James A. Michener draws on his unparalleled gift for storytelling, his deep understanding of American society, and his own life experiences to illuminate the challenges of aging and the folly of youth in a Florida retirement home known as the Palms."