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Caribbean por James A. Michener
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Caribbean (original 1989; edición 1989)

por James A. Michener (Autor)

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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."--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… (más)
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Título:Caribbean
Autores:James A. Michener (Autor)
Info:Random House (1989), Edition: 1st, 672 pages
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Here's what I wrote after reading in 1991: "Classic Michener. Historically educational characters that capture the imagination, stories that surprise and engage. One is left with a question, though. How will these un-affiliated islands support themselves in the future and how will they overcome their heritage of recial inequities and exploitation." ( )
  MGADMJK | Apr 2, 2022 |
Another wonderful Michener novel which spans time from the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean to the 1980's. I read this over a span of time as the chapters do not seem as tightly bound as some of the other novels. Each chapter is set in a different island. There are big names such as Columbus, but most of the characters are those that experienced the beauty and horrors of the islands. African slaves were first brought to the islands by the British in approximately the 1500's as sugar became a major product. The sugar trade and the sugar fields were places of horror as slaves were starved, whipped, and replaced by new shiploads of peoples brought from Africa.

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. ( )
1 vota maryreinert | Nov 13, 2021 |
My first Michener. I learned a huge amount about the Caribbean, but the characters and characterizations were dry, and I didn’t find myself caring about any of them. I only stuck with it for the history lesson. ( )
1 vota emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
Saga of the pirates of the Caribbean ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
This was my first and last Michener book. It took me 3 months to get thru this book. The only thing I remembered as soon as I closed the book and what I remember to this day is the fact that pirates have gold earrings to pay for their funeral.
I am not a Michener fan. It is me. I would recommend this book to anyone willing to give it a go. ( )
1 vota LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to the gentle memory of Alec Waugh who told me when we were working together in Hawaii in 1959 'Someday you must write about my Caribbean.'
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The chief character in this narrative is the Caribbean Sea, one of the world's most alluring bodies of water, a rare gem among the oceans, defined by the islands that form a chain of loverly jewels to the north and east.
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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."--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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