In the Land of Whispers (3 volume set)
  • Author: Minkoff, George Robert
  • Binding: Clothbound DJ
  • Pages: 1165
  • Size: 6x9"
  • Pub. Year: 2011
  • ISBN:
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $74.85
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AVAILABLE NOW: The Complete Epic Novel

FINALIST FOR FOREWORD REVIEW'S 2012 BOOK-OF-THE-YEAR FOR HISTORICAL FICTION


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In the Land of Whispers is one of the more ambitious works of historical fiction to appear in recent years. Minkoff's brilliant trilogy chronicles the founding of the first successful English colony in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Many of its figures are familiar to legend -- Captain John Smith, Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas -- but the truth is much grander, as this extraordinary work amply demonstrates. In the Land of Whispers might be described more accurately as a "visionary epic," rather than as "historical fiction." Its canvas is vast, intertwining the life of John Smith (the narrator) with that of Sir Francis Drake, the great Elizabethan explorer and privateer whose feats thirty years earlier had inspired Queen Elizabeth to dream of a British empire. In each successive volume -- The Weight of Smoke, The Dragons of the Storm, and The Leaves of Fate -- Minkoff brings to life the colonists who crossed treacherous seas into unknown lands to pursue a New Jerusalem, only to find their ideals ultimately shattered on the altar of slavery. Yet despite its grand dimensions, this narrative is also intimate -- often taking the form of tales of wizardry and wonder. George Minkoff's prose is so rich with metaphor that it captures the era with panache and authenticity. Smith's journals record the events of his own life, and reprise the stories told him around the campfires at Jamestown by Jonas Profit, an alchemist who accompanied Drake on his voyages.
The first volume is concerned with initiation. The second volume with trial and expulsion. The final volume is the book of exile. For additional descriptions, please see the individual volume listings below.

To read a sample chapter from The Leaves of Fate: Chapter One (PDF)

Watch the Book Trailer on YouTube: In the Land of Whispers

To read the ForeWord Reviews review of The Leaves of Fate by Trina Carter: The Leaves of Fate

OTHER REVIEWS:
"The Leaves of Fate is a great feast of a novel, full of vivid incident, memorable history, intrigue, and historical personages famous, infamous, notorious." -- Richard Ford

"George Minkoff is one of the bravest men alive. He has gambled that a three-part epic novel about 17th century Colonial America -- written in a language that mimics the speech of the time -- can hold the interest of 21st century readers and bring satisfactions and delights as a work of contemporary fiction. Remarkably enough, he has won his bet." -- Paul Auster

"One of the best known and least understood stories in America’s history is the fascinating, desperate saga of the founding of the Virginia colony, with the relationship between John Smith and Pocahontas at its heart. The Leaves of Fate, like its two predecessors, stands head and shoulders above all previous attempts to tell this tale of nations and confusion, of hopes and betrayals, of noble and courageous actors—both red and white—on a stage worthy of Shakespeare.
"Minkoff’s epic trilogy succeeds in presenting a far from simple story. He understands the complex politics, and the ambiguous motives, not only of the English planters but also of the Native peoples of the period. And no one has granted the reader a better entrance into the mind, heart, and spirit of the passionate, practical, wondrously wordy, unyielding and iconoclastic John Smith.
"Each page of this most worthy conclusion to Minkoff’s magnificent journey is so beautifully written that I found it difficult to leave behind and not reread for the intoxication of its language.— Joseph Bruchac more...


Book Trailer: In the Land of Whispers

AUTHOR:
George Robert Minkoff was raised on Long Island. He graduated from Clark University in 1965. For four decades he has been a noted antiquarian and rare book dealer living in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and New York City. Mr. Minkoff began writing plays in the late 1960s, but a decade later the publisher of Putnam, William Targ, urged him instead to write novels.
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