Caribbean: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 18, 2014 - Fiction - 896 pages
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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.
 
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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By far my most favorite book ever. Written in such way you learn as you enjoy the adventure as if you were playing in history.
As a lover of history, the journey this novel takes you on is an
adventure like only Michener could take you on.
A must read for everybody, even more if you are going to cruise the Caribbean.
 

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Contents

A HEDGE OF CROTON
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IN HISPANIOLA IV THE SPANISH LAKE
BIG STORMS IN LITTLE ENGLAND
THE BUCCANEER
THE SUGAR INTEREST
A WEDDING ON NEVIS IX THE CREOLES X THE TORTURED LAND XI MARTIAL
LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION
THE SCHOLAR
THE RASTA
TWINS
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About the author (2014)

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.

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