- Taschenbuch: 832 Seiten
- Verlag: Fawcett; Auflage: Reprint (25. Dezember 1990)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0449217493
- ISBN-13: 978-0449217498
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 3 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 20 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 190.184 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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?Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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Having found "Texas" and "Mexico" to be a little dry I was surprised by how much I enjoyed "Caribbean". Lesen Sie weiter...Am 13. April 2000 veröffentlicht
This novel started off very strong; also with strong expectations after just completeting the "Chesapeak" in just a week since it was so gripping and enthralling. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2000 von Josh Reese
When Michener wrote this book he must have discovered his Carribbean roots.The book has neither rhyme nor reason to it.It is also typical of this authors method of writing. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 22. März 2000 von Peter Williams
This is the best book I have read on the Carribbean. The blend of fiction and history is very entertainingVeröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2000 von JON TALLY
This book started out very strong, but about half way through it seeemed to skip around a bit. I really liked the first part because of the history of the Spanish Main, pirates... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 12. Januar 2000 von Shirley Schwartz
This book was a good overall 'history' of the Caribbean. It was interesting to see the progression through the ages, and the masterful job Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 29. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
Caribbean is possibly one of Michener's best. He incorporates many interesting and fascinating facts, and is a master of description. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 3. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht