Monday, 10 July 2017
"Recessional" by James Michener
Before I retired, I had been reading "Recessional" and was sharing my enjoyment of James Michener's writing with my co-workers.
So, when I retired, the staff presented me with this collection of his work.
Soon after retirement, I got very involved with book clubs and, sad to say, this great collection became a lovely decoration on my bookshelf. The bookends were part of the gift and added to the decoration. Aren't they adorable?
Oh, yes, and here are the paperbacks. I read "Hawaii" aloud to John and it took 75 days.
You can read about it here.
Since the summer is starting, there is less time needed for book clubs, so I decided to re-read "Recessional". The title refers to the music played at the end of a church service and the plot is around a retirement residence in Florida. All of Michener's books are lengthy. Now I remember my love/hate relationship with Michener. He loves to write detail, detail, detail. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. I experienced that seesaw in re-reading this book. It is 21 years since I read it the first time, and now I am the age of the residents (older than some). It certainly was a different experience.
End of life issues are a dominant theme in the book, so I wasn't surprised to learn that he wrote this book when he was 88 and died two years later.