The Source Author:James A. Michener From dust jacket: "The focal point of this magnificent novel is Makor, a site in Israel known in modern times as Tell Makor - a name signifying that this is not a natural mound "but the patiently accumulated residue of one abandoned settlement after another, each resting upon the ruins of its predecessor, reaching endlessly back into history." ... more »The framework for the narrative is provided by the archaeologists who come to excavate Makor, uncovering objects which identify, level by level, the various periods of human occupancy that have come and gone since the first men arrived here. The expedition is fascinating in itself, but the main body of the novel is the story of Makor, in its various aspects through the ages.
The archaeologists can only date and classify and make expert generalizations about most of the artifacts they dig up, but Mr. Michener, exercising the prerogative of a master storyteller, is not thus limited. By presenting believable characters in dramatic situations that are true to the times that produced them, he vividly re-creates the life in and around Makor in crucial periods of its existence, from twelve thousand years ago, through the coming and going of many conquerors - Canaanite, Hebrew, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Crusader, Mameluke, Turkish and British - down to the the heroic days when the modern state of Israel was established. Makor, like its inhabitants, is fictional, but is is founded solidly on historical research and facts established by the exploration of many actural sites in Israel.
What happened at Makor is the history of the Holy Land itself, and what happened in the Holy Land is intimately bound up with the development of western civilization. Here was the source of the great religious ideas that have shaped our thoughts, and here many great empires that have dominated the west has left their marks. Thus 'The Source' is the story of our universal heritage from the past - a story not only of human greed, bigotry and cruelty, but of human striving for law and justice, love and faith. It is a book to ponder as well as to enjoy; it should and will be widely read in many languages by people of many creeds."« less