Caribbean

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"A grand epic."
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Master storyteller James A. Michener sweeps us off to the Caribbean,with a magnificent novel that captures the eternal allure of that glittering string of islands and their tumultuous history. Beginning in 1310 and continuing through Columbus's arrival and the bloody slave revolt of Haiti to the rise of Castro, CARIBBEAN carries us through 700 dramatic years in a tale teeming with revolution and ...
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Overview

"A grand epic."
THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Master storyteller James A. Michener sweeps us off to the Caribbean,with a magnificent novel that captures the eternal allure of that glittering string of islands and their tumultuous history. Beginning in 1310 and continuing through Columbus's arrival and the bloody slave revolt of Haiti to the rise of Castro, CARIBBEAN carries us through 700 dramatic years in a tale teeming with revolution and romance, slavery and superstition, heartfelt characters and thunderous destinies.
A Dual Main Slection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

A magnificent story of the struggle for empire and of political, economic and racial currents in one of the most beautiful contested areas of the globe.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Caribbean islands, which have seen pirates, bloody slave revolts and the Cuban revolution, are chronicled in this blend of fiction and history. ``While the pace is sometimes achingly slow, the dialogue stilted and the characterization skimpy, Michener laces the whole with fiery Caribbean drama,'' PW remarked. (Feb.)
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“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449217498
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 811
  • Sales rank: 431,017
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Biography

James Albert Michener is a Pulitzer prize-winning author reknowned for his historical epics. A prolific novelist and relentless researcher, Michener wrote over books. Despite his substantial commercial success, he was known to be a humble man and a was an active philanthropist. His many beloved works include Tales of the South Pacific, which was adapted for Broadway and film as South Pacific, Hawaii and The Source.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Albert Michener (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1907
    1. Date of Death:
      October 16, 1997
    2. Place of Death:
      Austin, Texas

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Decenet, but not his best

    As usual with a Michener "novel", it really isn'tr a novel in the normal sense. Truthfully, he tends to take one subject or area (Hawaii, Poland or in this case the Caribbean) and tells the history of the place through genrations and history. Really more a collection of short stories or novellas tied together by theme. That said, Michener does what he does very well. One gets a strong sense of place and time and the characters generally come alive (thoug some can be seen as fairly stereotypical). Caribbean is not Michener's best book, but it isn't his worst. If you are looking for a travelogue for someplace you are headed, his books make great reading. His sense of place in this book is great. You understand not just the Caribbean as an area, but you get to know it through time as well as place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Loved 3/4th of the book.

    Classic Michner, exciting, informative & thrilling. Loved the historical significance of the Caribbean, but losing interest as I near the end of the book. Present day much less interesting than the 16th, 17th Century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Classic Michener

    James A. Michener entertained us with his own unique style for many years with some of the very best historical novels ever written. Caribbean is a book in that same vein, providing well-researched historical information in a background of excellent storytelling. From the settling of the islands by the tribes descended from the Asians who crossed the Bering Straights more than ten thousand years ago to the later Europeans and the slaves that they brought with them, Michener weaves history and culture into a satisfying whole Caribbean cloth.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    A bit of a let down for me

    This novel by James Michener (one of our great authors) was a bit of a let down for me. It was an interesting and a informative historical story, but the story just seemed to drag on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    A Great Book

    Michener wrote a great novel!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    Shocking, Educational. A good read.

    Caribbean is a large work, and steeped in credible history. I did not find the book all that difficult to follow because Michner breaks it down into easy to digest stories. Each chapter could be a free standing short story. I would encourage any lover of history to read this book. I for one, enjoyed every chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Alright Book

    This book is alright if you're good at keeping up with a story. It's really long and the book is written like a timeline until the last few chapters. I liked the book just because I liked learning about the Caribbean and it brought up alot of things I had already learned from highschool. It was easy for me to understand and I liked how the last few chapters finally came together. If you're interested in a story about hardships, slavery, and if you really love history then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    The Caribbean

    The caribbean wasn't all that great has I thought it would be. I mean that it's hard to keep a interest in reading the caribbean. It was too confusing, cause there was too many stories in one to even know about the caribbean just the people not the caribbean itself. It is just hard to read when it's just boring.It's hard to keep interest cause it jumps around a lot in the book.It never really tells you whats going to happan at the end of the chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    My opinion on the book Caribbean

    I found this book hard to follow but overall it turned out to be an alright book. It takes it awhile to get interesting but once it does it really is an okay book. I could not keep up because the characters change from chapter to chapter until about the last six to eight. If you like a book with a lot of complexity then this a great book for you. I found certain parts to be very sad and me heart went out those people from so many years ago. I will say this book if you like complex books if you do not like complex books this one is not for you. All I had to do was really get into it and when I it turned out great. The ending will blow your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Great beach read

    A majestic -- but incomplete -- history of the Caribbean from the time of the Caribs and Arawaks. Somewhat unsatisfying because it offers only the briefest glimpses of some quite interesting characters yet impressive in its attention to detail. Nonetheless, a great beach read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    okay but hokey in parts

    Good, but why the fictional All Saints island? Weren't the actual places exciting enough??

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