Caribbean by James A. Michener
The Lush Islands of the Caribbean have always possessed a special allure - as colonial treasures in days gone by, as a tourist paradise today. Told in James A. Michener’s incomparable fashion, here is a magnificent story of the struggle for empire, and of political, economic and racial currents in one of the most beautiful and hotly contested regions of the globe.

Beginning with tribal conflicts on the island of Dominica, Caribbean sweeps on to tell of the arrival of Columbus and the establishment of Spanish control and of the English campaign to wrest power away. Then on to the great days of the buccaneers, the rise of the Jamaican sugar plantations, the bloody slave revolt of 1800 on Haiti, the eventual freedom from slavery throughout the islands, and moving up to the problems of the present day.

Through Mr Michener’s unequalled gifts of characterisation, great historical events are portrayed with stirring human drama: a Spanish grandee and the indefatigable English sea dog Sir Francis Drake battle for decades for the treasures of the New World; landowners on Barbados are driven apart by the execution, half a world away, of King Charles I; the guillotine’s long shadow falls on aristocratic lovers on Guadeloupe; an American journalist becomes involved in the cross currents of intrigue in the pre-World War II Caribbean; a British civil servant and a Rastafarian vie for the heart and mind of a beautiful islander;  contemporary black academic, exploring her Haitian roots, steps int an ancient world where zombies walk; prominent Miami émigrés return to Cuba on a secret mission . . . .

Caribbean blends James A. Michener’s superb command of history with his outstanding talent for storytelling, as fictional and historic characters come vividly to life in a thrilling novel by a master writing at the peak of his powers.

Hardcover with jacket 1989 first edition

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