Wednesday, September 01, 2010

what I'm reading now

I just finished another James Michener novel.  Caribbean is an excellent book spanning the centuries from 1300 to 1989. It starts off with the Arawak and Carib Indians and intertwines history and story throughout the early European exploration of the Caribbean, the Spanish dominance during the 1500's, the piracy of Henry Morgan, the struggle between the Spanish, French, and English. Through a well told tale you can learn about the sugar plantations, the importation of slaves from Africa (who mostly comprise the population of the Caribbean today) the rise of Rastafarian, Haitian voodoo, and  even the Cuban Revolution. Over 600 pages but they turn quickly as you get engrossed in the book

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