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Caribbean (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Dezember 1990

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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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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.

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Being from the Caribbean myself, I enjoyed how Michener attempted to thread the histories of the many diverse islands (one of which is my home)...however I agree with another reader that as soon as you get caught up in one section of the novel, we are taken to another island with another history...the novel will start with the true natives, the Tainos and Caribs...it will even take you to the backdrop of the Mayan civilization briefly..."the Spanish Lake" was my favorite part of the book....the battles between the Spaniards and the British are skillfully sketched, displaying the best and worst of both sides...the fistional island called "All Saints" in the book I found unnecesary...no reason to invent a history of an imaginary island in a book of this nature which is already struggling to cover the diversity that is the Caribbean...all in all, I enjoyed the book and the author held my interest...I would say it is a fun way to read history....I also recommend Galeano's "Memory of fire" a triology of the Americas....
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Obviously being a second hand book supposedly in "good" condition, I did not expect the best condition. However, when I received the book there was a rip on the cover in the bottom corner that extended into a decent chunk of the book. If I were to describe it, imagine a book laid on the ground and someone were to accidentally kick it as they walked past. Nothing a semi quick application of tape can't fix but still annoying none the less. Besides that, the book arrived promptly and as always with James A. Michener, a quality read.
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Nette und interessante Geschichten, wenn man Abenteuer gefällt, kann eine gute Fantasie mit dieses Buch entwickeln. Das Buch hat mich gut gefallen. Lieferung schnell und ohne Komplikationen, das Buch kam in weniger als eine Woche, obwohl es aus dem Ausland war.
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"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns." -- Daniel 7:7 (NKJV)

Let me mention that I am reviewing the Books on Tape Unabridged CD version read by Alexander Adams.

Michener's main point in this novel is that life in the Caribbean is mostly driven by base human instincts, the beast in all of us, rather than the spiritual side, the best in us.

When James Michener's Caribbean originally came out, the reviews frightened me off by describing the book as being long, disjointed, very bloody, and overwhelming in its size and complexity. Although I've often passed the book on a bookstore shelf, I had an easy time skipping it.

When I found that I was going to be doing a lot more driving than usual in a car with a CD player, I realized that this might be the best time to take a crack at it. I was glad that I listened to the recording. The story grew on me over about six weeks, but it was very slow going in the beginning.

The book has an overall structure that's not apparent in the beginning: Mr. Michener wanted to demonstrate the cultural strains and economic and social problems on the various Caribbean islands, explaining them in terms of history . . . but with a hope for creating understanding that might lead to improvements. It's a worthy goal for a big novel, but I'm not sure that he succeeded. You will certainly be left with some interesting "what if" questions. Who knew that Haiti was once a place of extreme riches rather than extreme poverty?
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If you have read and like michener, this is a classic (my personal favorite). If you have not, classic michener means that he takes a very in-depth, well researched area and wraps a novel around it. In Carribean, he looks at the evolution from the Mayan times to the modern, covering the cultures, the facts and the myths. What makes it fun is the way he wraps his exhaustive research of the facts into the regions myths and a set of characters. This makes the novels fun and interesting, because even though the people are ficticious, one identifies more with the stories of people than a textbook approach to the facts.
The chapters, dealing with different historical periods, focus on various sub-regions as they wane and wax in power and importance. It particularly appealed to my interest in history and frankly may be tiresome to those who do not have the same passion for history (ie, if you don't like historical accounts, you may not like this book!)
Oh, yes, there are pirates, human sacrefice, and you learn where the term barbeque comes from...you may not want to know that!
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Michener once again poses as objective historian whilst force-feeding his own narrow-minded assumptions on anyone still reading his books. Although CARIBBEAN has some interesting sections, the author's thinly-veiled prejudices come shining through. The book is nearly half over before the narrator gives any attention to a single black character. His dismissal of Carib Indians is shallow and redundant. And he completely trashes Rastafarianism as a deliberate attempt to misread scripture in order to get high and scare whitey. This last dose of intolerance is utterly indefensible. Coming from the author who defended the rights of white South Africans to seize and oppress, CARIBBEAN gives thoughtful readers one more reason to discard Michener's imitation scholarship and reach for some real wisdom instead.
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