Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML: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 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.‚?Ě‚??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.‚?Ě‚??The Plain Dealer ‚??Remarkable and praiseworthy . . . utterly engaging.‚?Ě‚??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 storytelli
I am not a Michener fan. It is me. I would recommend
Much of the book involves the struggle between the Spanish who first discovered the islands, the British who sent many of their lesser nobility to the islands to rule, and the French. There are stories of sea battles, privacy, diplomatic encounters, and personal love stories. Race plays a major role in almost all of the chapters. The whites honestly believed the black race to be inferior, felt no pain, and were treated as such. As more and more children were born of mixed race, there developed another class of biracial people. At all times, the white race was superior, the mixed races depended on the lightness of their skin, and the blacks were at the bottom and were treated as such. This is a honest look at race relations in the islands but one that had a definite affect on the US.
One of the later chapters involves an East Indian man who showed exceptional talent and was sent to the states to study. He can stay only as long as he is a student but not wanting to return, he falls into a scam of marriage to a woman in order to stay. Very interesting look at a situation known to happen.
Loved almost every chapter of this book. Michener has such a way of taking the bones of history and adding characters who explain the history much better than "just the facts" as the facts are always complicated.