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Karavan (1963)

av James A. Michener

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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.

Praise for Caravans

"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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I had forgotten how good Michener’s historical novels are. This one has a narrow focus of a 1946 caravan from the deserts of Helmand province into the high mountains of the Hindu Kush in the north with the Sochi tribe. Michener foreshadowed the issues that brought the US to wage war there in 2003. The story focuses on the small US embassy in Kabul to make an inquirery into the whereabouts of a young American woman named Ellen Jaspar who married an Afghan and hadn’t written home to her bourgeois parents back in Pennsylvania.
Mark Miller new to his post gets the assignment which leads to a life changing experience of eventually joining a caravan. Social justice, modernism vs traditional life styles, religion and love are examined through the eyes of 3 westerners and their Afghan “friends”. Recommended. ( )
  bblum | Mar 19, 2023 |
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  laplantelibrary | Apr 13, 2022 |
Fascinating to read about some of the history of this country and I got a better understanding of how these people may be feeling about all the other countries trying to help them. This was an easier read for me than his other books partially because it was not so drawn out and there was a story to it. Liked finding about the characters different ways of looking at religion. More a story of Miller, the American officer, and his thoughts about the country than about the American girl who was missing. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Moves quickly and gives you a few engaging (if slightly caricatured) people to follow. A good slap dash adventure to give you a sense of the diversity and complicated history (esp cold war geopolitics) of Afghanistan, but by no means an authoritative history or "accurate" version. In fact, these days it tells us more about the ambitions and obsessions of imperial-minded Americans than anything else. ( )
  beanbrarian | Mar 28, 2020 |
I'm a huge Michener fan and this book, while out of the norm for Michener, was nonetheless enjoyable. Young American, Ellen Jasper marries a young Afghan engineer (already having an Afghan wife) and moves to Afghanistan. Her parents do not hear from her for 17 months and fear the worst. It is the job of 26 year old American ambassador Mark Miller to locate her. Mark is thrown in with a German Nazi doctor, a tribal camel herder, and a whole host of other interesting characters. This book's setting is vague, but I would guess about 1950's-1960's as it was sometime after the Nuremberg Trials and before the invasion of Russia. Besides learning a lot of Afghan history, I also learned a lot of culture. 449 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jan 30, 2020 |
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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:

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.

Praise for Caravans

"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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