CARIBBEAN BY JAMES A. MICHENER

August 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Reading a James A Michener novel returns the reader to a time of innocence, and provides an engrossing story.  A time when writing a novel was more than flash and sex, when story and content were of prime importance.  These are the feelings I came away with after reading Michener’s novel, Caribbean.  The amount of research he puts into his novels is truly astounding.  He uses these fact and weaves a compelling story around the backbone of history.

It’s been a long time since I read one of Michener’s works.  My favorite, which I read in my youth, was The Source.  This novel follows the excavation of a well in the Middle East, recording the civilizations and people who existed in the area of the well from the bottom-most layer to the present, the present at least at the time of the writing of this novel.

Caribbean, published in 1989, employs Michener’s standard method, using a vast amount of research to describe the civilizations and populations, the hopes and horrors of the people involved with the area.  At the same time creating a story and characters that will hold your interest and provide knowledge of the area.

Returning to the first line of this article.  I must say that I am guilty of using more profanity in a short story than Michener uses in a 600+ page novel.  How times have change and continue to do so, rapidly.

If you haven’t read any of Michener’s works, give yourself and treat and do so.

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