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.'
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.
This broke the spell, and she came toward him, arms held wide. But he drew back, hesitant, for there was one more thing he was bound in honor as a gentleman to do. Softly he asked: 'Therese, will you marry me?' and then, moving forward evenly, they kissed, and she whispered: 'We're children of the golden sea . . . its destiny and our are linked . . . and together, you and I shall help it find its way.'
Only Michener could so masterfully bring the turbulent, dramatic history of the beautiful Caribbean to life. Moving from the European Courts of the 15th century that first claimed the region, to the Islands themselves, we watch the emergence of splendorous sugar plantations built on the backs of slaves; the bloody and victorious uprising in Haiti in 1800; and in modern times, the spread of the Rastafarian religion, the mass exodus from Cuba following the revolution and the general discontent of Caribbean nationales. Sprinkled throughout are fascinating portraits of historical heroes as they struggle against political, economic and racial oppression.
In Caribbean, James A. Michener's fascinating blend of fact and fiction brings to life the compelling, unforgettable story of a land in search of its destiny.
"A grand epic." THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER 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
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