I am reading Centennial as I write this (I'm almost finished). Levi's death is not mentioned in the book. Only that Lucinda is now a widow. Levi's death as portrayed in the TV series is different than the book. No train mishap is mentioned. Also, Pasquinel's death is different in the book than in the TV series. On another note, while I liked Levi's character, I was a bit disappointed that he wouldn't marry his Indian wife unless she became a Christian and that his character never progressed past this kind of thinking. He was more open-minded than his brothers, but I wished for more growth in his thinking. I feel he should have started to question his godly-beliefs after getting away from the confines of his upbringing. Just my opinion.
It's a little weird. Every other main character's death is at least mentioned, even it after the fact. Lame Beaver, Pasquinel, McKeag, Clay Basket, Oliver Seacombe, Mervin Wendell, Hans Brumbagh, Jim Lloyd, and Charlotte Lloyd all have their deaths portrayed or mentioned after the fact. For Levi and Lucinda, who really bridge the time between the unsettled plains and the modern era, there's no mention at all.
Well that is historically correct. So I guess you want Mitchner to lie because you don't like history? Back in the day, most people went to church, even back as soon as the 1960's. The first thing most settlers built was some kind of church. At least he didn't make her become a Mennonite.
I think you are responding to me, so I will answer. I do not understand why you think that someone from the past can not learn to see the world differently. I expressed my opinion and stand by it. If you are a believer in one of the Abraham faiths, my condolences.