First published in 1963, James A. Michener's gripping chronicle of the social and political landscape of Afghanistan is more relevant now than ever. Combining fact with riveting adventure and intrigue, Michener follows a military man tasked, in the years after World War II, with a dangerous assignment: finding and returning a young American woman living in Afghanistan to her distraught family after she suddenly and mysteriously disappears. A timeless tale of love and emotional drama set against the backdrop of one of the most important countries in the world today, Caravans captures the tension of the postwar period, the sweep of Afghanistan's remarkable history, and the inescapable allure of the past.
"Brilliant...an extraordinary novel.... The old nomadic trails across the mountains spring into existence." (The New York Times)
"Romantic and adventurous.... [Michener] has a wonderful empathy for the wild and free and an understanding of the reasons behind the kind of cruelty that goes with it." (Newsday)
"Michener has done for Afghanistan what...his first [book] did for the South Pacific." (The New York Herald Tribune)
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How to ruin a great book
I would gladly and eagerly try another Michener book if narrated by someone other than Mr. McKeever.
It gave me a bit of understanding of the people and place called Afghanistan.
It was almost painful to hear. The cadence seemed all wrong and the affect flat.
It inspired me to turn it off several times because of the narration, but I kept coming back because I enjoyed the story.
I hope to listen to other Michener books, but only if they are read by someone else.