Ilya Kadatsky Kadatsky itibaren Mooresville, NC, Birleşik Devletler
** spoiler alert ** I finished this feeling ambivalent. Character development was for the most part very, very flat. Really, Stanley Mott is about the only character with much depth. I don't feel like I came away with much more insight into the early US space program as I might have liked and there was very little that I didn't already know. The climax (?) of the novel on the moon with the solar flare is all too brief and quickly skipped over. The guys on the moon die quickly and with little attention devoted to how they felt or experienced death or the knowledge that it was coming. Aside from a brief bit of grieving by their fellow astronaut in the Command Module, they may as well have just wandered out of the book like extras on a stage. There's almost no discussion of what the loss of 2 men under such circumstances would be like for their colleagues and families. I suppose Michener may have been going for a "that's how stern, upstanding heroic Americans do it" motif, but it just didn't wash for me. The loss of the Apollo 1 crew was devastating to their families and colleagues, something that was communicated at the time and in nearly every documentary or interview that has touched on the topic. I can't understand why Michener didn't explore those human elements more to take a closer look at bravery and grief and dedication from so many perspectives. So, in summary, I give it a resounding "meh" and have consigned it to the swap pile.
I am loving the unabridged version, all 1194 pages of it! I especially like this translation by Julie Rose. Excellent. So much better than the beloved abridged version I read so many years ago!