Books: Summer Reading

Novels, stories and nonfiction to be taken to beaches, mountains and hammocks

CHESAPEAKE by James A. Michener

Random House; 865 pages; $12.95

Another blockbuster, from the maker of Hawaii, Centennial and Iberia.

Once again the reader receives good value, at roughly 1½¢ per page, in a succession of tableaux, more or less vivants. Each represents a scene from the social history of Chesapeake Bay.

James Michener's virtue is a powerful sense of place and the ability to convey great sweeps of time. His weakness is an insistence on covering murals with so much background and foreground...

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