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Caribbean In this acclaimed classic novel James A Michener sweeps readers off to the Caribbean bringing to life the eternal allure and tumultuous history of this glittering string of islands From the con

  • Title: Caribbean
  • Author: James A. Michener
  • ISBN: 9780812974928
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Caribbean By James A. Michener, In this acclaimed classic novel, James A Michener sweeps readers off to the Caribbean, bringing to life the eternal allure and tumultuous history of this glittering string of islands From the 1310 conquest of the Arawaks by cannibals to the decline of the Mayan empire, from Columbus s arrival to buccaneer Henry Morgan s notorious reign, from the bloody slave revolt on HaIn this acclaimed classic novel, James A Michener sweeps readers off to the Caribbean, bringing to life the eternal allure and tumultuous history of this glittering string of islands From the 1310 conquest of the Arawaks by cannibals to the decline of the Mayan empire, from Columbus s arrival to buccaneer Henry Morgan s notorious reign, from the bloody slave revolt on Haiti to the rise of Cuba s Fidel Castro, Caribbean packs seven hundred dramatic years into a tale teeming with revolution and romance, authentic characters and thunderous destinies Through absorbing, magnificent prose, Michener captures the essence of the islands in all of their awe inspiring scope and wonder.Praise for Caribbean Michener is a master Boston Herald A grand epic James A Michener sympathizes with the struggles of the region s most oppressed, and succeeds in presenting the Caribbean in its rich diversity The Plain Dealer Remarkable and praiseworthy utterly engaging The Washington Post Book World Even American tourists familiar with some of the serene islands will find themselves enlightened In Caribbean, there appears to be a strong aura of truth behind the storytelling The New York Times

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    1. In this novel , Michener takes us throught he ages in the magnifficent Caribbean While it may be an exaggeration to refer to the Caribbean as a microcosm of the world , it is certainly a rich and diverse and fascinating region , it s tropical beauty matched by it s vibrant and interesting people.Beginning on the island of Dominica , where the Arawaks, a beautiful , gentle and cultured people where displaced by the fierce and warlike Caribs , it continues through the adventures in the Caribeean o [...]

    2. The Caribbean is a great book spanning the centuries from 1300 to 1989 It starts off with the Arawak and Carib Indians and intertwines history and story throughout the early European exploration of the Caribbean, the Spanish dominance during the 1500 s, the piracy of Henry Morgan, the struggle between the Spanish, French, and English Through a well told tale you can learn about the sugar plantations, the importation of slaves from Africa who mostly comprise the population of the Caribbean today [...]

    3. As is typical of Michener s work, one of the main strong points of this book is that it s hugely informative I learned a great deal about the turbulent, often tragic history of the Caribbean I found it interesting, as I ve been to the region several times I m even getting married there in a few months but was never really aware of its history, aside from what I learned from visits to the typical historic tourism sites like Tulum, Chichen Itza, etc.Rather than following the pattern of novels like [...]

    4. Michener once again proves he is a master of mixing well researched historical information with a strong fictional story line Each prominent Caribbean location is covered in its own chapter seamlessly weaving historical fact, prominent personalities, and generations of fictional families together.Beginning with an Arawak couple on Hispaniola Haiti Dominican Republic in 1310, the book travels through time to Haiti just after the end of Jean Claude Baby Doc Duvalier s dictatorship in 1986 In betwe [...]

    5. Less a novel than a term paper for a high school Caribbean history class The successful multi generational saga formula that Michener milked in other epics fails him completely here or, rather, he fails the formula I d say he phoned it in, but I ve never experienced a phone call this mundane or this long.

    6. I m kind of surprised that I m abandoning this book I love Michener s books But this is twice that I ve put it down and not picked it back up to finish It reads like a textbook than a novel Usually, he mixes his history in a novelized style This one, not so much.

    7. Read on the cruise to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean A must for historical knowledge not told in a boring scholarly way.

    8. I read some of James Michener s books decades ago, when the CVA Centro Venezolano Americana and the IVB Instituto Venezolano Brit nico still had excellent lending libraries in Caracas alas, both now long gone I remember liking the books, but to be honest I don t even remember which ones I managed to get my hands on.Caribbean 1989 is a historical novel in the sense found for example in Britannica A novel that has as its setting a period of history and that attempts to convey the spirit, manners, [...]

    9. In Caribbean, Michener follows the same formula used successfully in many of his other novels like Poland or Chesapeake hopping from place to place, inventing fictional characters who interact with historical figures, and explaining historical events and their context through the lives of those characters It worked masterfully in many of his other novels but unfortunately fell short in this novel I think this is largely because Caribbean has no central characters or families that appear consiste [...]

    10. Finally finished reading Caribbean by James A Michener This is a book that I began reading when I was actually sailing the Caribbean Sea last October But throughout this period I was busy with the publication of my own novel, Life Is But A Dream and the month spent down in Australia for the production of my play Postnuptials that didn t, to my surprise, allow me any time to read This was also a huge book at 806 pages with teeny tiny text e definite definition of an epic But I love epics And I re [...]

    11. I absolutely ADORED Hawaii and have picked up some other Michener books for free since None have lived up to Hawaii, but there are certainly some enjoyable bits in the 800 pages of Caribbean.I understand that the Caribbean is not a confederation of islands and that each island has its own tumultuous history Michener s narrative really suffers from trying to pull all of these together, particularly in the final chapter where people from each island all fall into place on a cruise It seemed like a [...]

    12. This is the first Michener book I ve read and I ll probably try another at some point I enjoyed reading it and have a much better understanding of the Caribbean The dialouge seemed forced at times trying to give background like soap operas do with two characters discussing details that people in real life would never get into and some of the situations seem unlikely, especially a couple of romances and multi generational sagas But I did enjoy the characters and their stories do weave together to [...]

    13. If you like historical novels James Michener is the author for you I m fascinated and in love with the Caribbean islands so I was quite interested in all the history and research he brought to his writing HOWEVER, the hardest part is figuring out what is real and what is fiction It s a long book I read it on the beach of Nevis as I drank rum punch and enjoyed the beauty of the Caribbean Downsides of this book He writes about the history of the slave trade in the Caribbean islands and the gruesom [...]

    14. I quite enjoyed Michener s Caribbean Michener certainly puts amazing amount of research into his writing The book is comprised of 14 chapters covering approximately 700 years of Caribbean history Some are interconnected, in that the narrative may follow a descendant of a particular character earlier in the story Naturally, I found some interesting than others, but overall, a well told history.I knocked off one star because one of the islands where one or chapters is set was fictional Somehow, [...]

    15. I love you James Michener How can someone write a sweeping epic about an entire region that spans 700 years and yet still feels intimate I loved reading about the ridiculous frivolity and also, glorious chivalry, of the battle of the Caribbean that raged for centuries between England, Spain and France The tales of slavery and slave rebellion were heartbreaking, and I was relieved to enter modern times and the end of slavery I learned about Rastafarianism, pirates, the ancient Mayans and so much [...]

    16. Michener is a master educator and he does not disappoint with Caribbean, immersing the reader in a web of historical intrigue Who else but Michener can write the complete 500 year history of Western Europe and the North Atlantic in 1000 pages I love the way he can identify issues and present stories around the historical facts,leaving the reader feeling he is master of the relationships between the Western European naval powers in the 16th and 17th centuries and the ethical and moral issues of s [...]

    17. I love big, expansive, ambitious, historical novels and I love James Michener This was a remarkable book and I really enjoyed most of it but it became so laborious and wordy that I had trouble finishing it However, being determined, I managed to do it The first two thirds of the book was wonderful ancient Indian cultures and pirateswhat s not to love But it seemed to me to be about 100 pages too long and his writing about a non existent island took the spark out of my reading Sort of recommendbu [...]

    18. This was not the best Michener book I have read, but, as is typical for him, it was a very entertaining and informative romp through Caribbean history One warning if you are reading this in connection with a Caribbean vacation, I highly recommend getting at least halfway through this book before you get on the plane It turns out the history of the Caribbean is very upsetting and makes for an unsettling beach read.

    19. To become No 1 on the International Bestsellers list does not do justice to this book There are many books I ve read through the years, some given away, some lost in moves or thrown out, some traded in at book stores but, this one, is a life long keeper that I want to keep in a private diary to read again through the years.

    20. In order to read this book you need to set aside a lot of time It s not a book you stay up all night to finish almost 700 pages of small print The chapters are a series of vignettes where well researched historical figures and events are seamlessly weaved together with fictional characters Before you begin reading there is a section called Fact and Fiction with a brief explanation of what is fact and what is fiction for each chapter This epic book spans the time period of 1300 to 1989 in the hi [...]

    21. On average I read a book in one week This took me three and a half years In the homestretch I even took a day off work just to finish it I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders at the end We literally went out to dinner to celebrate me completing it.The cover says Caribbean A Novel But it s not really a novel It s like an anthology of historical fiction short stories set in the Caribbean in mostly chronological order.Some of the chapters again, short stories actually are excellent Chapter I [...]

    22. Another epic saga from Michener crossed off my list I loved this one a little bit less than the others I ve read, but enjoyed it all the same I appreciated the in depth focus on one island per chapter, some of them repeated as the book progressed towards modern times There s so much about Caribbean history that I don t know for example, just about everything By focusing on the extremely different backgrounds of the different countries, it helped bring them into sharper relief but also highlighte [...]

    23. A work of historical fiction, Mr Michener combines well researched facts with believable fiction to introduce his readers to the history of the whole of the Caribbean islands Each chapter is a mini saga, and characters or their descendants tend to make appearances in other chapters The framework of this novel is an interesting one, and it mostly works well I found the first half of the book to be far interesting than the second half Perhaps I found the earlier history fascinating, or perhaps I [...]

    24. Huge book, very informative but a bit of a textbook slog to get through When I consider that the author was about 83 years old when he completed this work, I have to think of it as an amazing effort The one thing I really did not like was the creation of a fictional island to describe elements of the Caribbean world This book tried to be historically accurate but that device made me question everything too much I am someone who prefers a book of 300 pages or so, but I was able to get thru it bec [...]

    25. Didn t bother to finish this, but it was fun The blending of fact and fiction, and the sweeping narrative gestures are apparently a hallmark of Michener and certainly entertaining This was essentially a great starting place for me I was introduced to a lot of history I d never thought about before Michener is obsessed with cricket which even live is a bit of a snooze, let alone in a novel Prose a little floppy and narrative structure often predictable A laughable first chapter about the native p [...]

    26. Talk about a long book I ve read other Michener s but this one seemed to take a long time A great history and part fiction of the islands but trying to keep track of the families and their islands proved frustrating Like all Michener books, it made me want to read of the actual history of the islands.

    27. Another of James Michners long historic veiw of a part of the world I ve never been to His story telling based on strenuouse historic reseach makes his books come to life for me and I always learn something I didnt know before His books are always long and can loose focus but always seem to come to a satisfying end.

    28. Not my favorite Michener, but five stars nonetheless I read this one in preparation for a trip to the Caribbean, and it was than worthwhile Highly recommended for anyone traveling to this part of the world.

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