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The turbulent history of the Caribbean islands is chronicled, from tribal conflicts on Dominica and the age of exploration, to the Cuban revolution and the tempestuous present, through the colorful lives of characters, fictional and real-life *Author: Michener, James A. *Publication Date: 1991/01/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.00
A foundling, taken in by Mabel Michener in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and reared as her foster child, James A. Michener attended Swarthmore College, and graduated (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1929. After teaching English for many years, he served as naval historian in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific", was a collection of stories based on his experiences during the war. He became known for his epic-length tomes tackling a broad subject (Hawaii, Poland, Texas, space). Michener's books were hugely successful but never popular with critics. As he himself said to the "Times", "I don't think the way I write books is the best or even the second-best. The really great writers are the people like Emily Bront? who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination. But people in my position also do some very good work. I'm not a stylist like Updike or Bellow, and don't aspire to be. I'm not interested in plot or pyrotechnics, but I sure work to get a steady flow." "The New York Times" described his novels as "big, old-fashioned narratives involving generations of fictional families as they moved through expertly documented events in history." From an early age Michener loved to travel, and claimed: "Before I was 20, I had seen all the states but Washington, Oregon, and Florida. I had an insatiable love of hearing people tell stories, and what they didn't tell I made up." Michener was immensely wealthy, thanks to his book sales, and was also a great philanthropist, making large donations to, among other places, Swarthmore College, the University of Texas, the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and The Authors League Fund. He died at the age of 90 after requesting that he be unhooked from his kidney dialysis machine.
"In 'Caribbean,' Mr. Michener is following the method he used so successfully in 'Tales of the South Pacific,' his magical first novel: island-hopping, inventing fictional characters who interact with colorful real-life personalities and placing historic events within a changing landscape. It's a formula he has perfected..."
From the Publisher
This novel covers the history of the area from the 1300s to Castro's Cuba, including tribal conflicts on the island of Domenica, the arrival of Columbus, the buccaneers, the rise of sugar plantations, the slave revolts, and the social problems of today.
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 lovely jewels to the north and east.
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
Editors Note 3
Now in paperback, the novel spent 22 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list--Caribbean. From the time of the first explorers to the present problems with Castro's Cuba, from primitive sea battles through two world wars, from doomed passions to black magic to racial hatreds, all of the passion and power of the Caribbean are captured in magnificent Michener style.