ῳ Chapter ↘ Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan for early readers Ώ Kindle By James A Michener ‛

ῳ Chapter ↘ Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan for early readers Ώ Kindle By James A Michener ‛ ῳ Chapter ↘ Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan for early readers Ώ Kindle By James A Michener ‛ ON A BLEAK WINTRY MORNING SOME YEARS AGO I WAS SUMMONED to the office of our naval attach at the American embassy in Kabul Captain Verbruggen looked at me with an air of frustration and growled, Damn it all, Miller, two weeks ago the ambassador ordered you to settle this mess about the saddle shoes Last night the Afghanistan government made another protestthis time official I want you, by three oclock this afternoon, to hand me I interrupted to report Sir, a much serious matter has come up Last night a dispatch arrived Ive assembled the data for you I shoved before him a leather portfolio jammed with papers Across the face of the portfolio was stamped the gold inscription, For the Ambassador, and since our embassy owned only two such folders, what went into them was apt to be important Cant it wait till the ambassador gets back from Hong Kong Captain Verbruggen asked hopefully, for even though he was our acting ambassador he preferred to temporize I disappointed him Its got to be handled now Whats it deal with he asked, for he was a self made man who disliked reading Carefully folding back the leather cover, I pointed to a cable from Washington Senior senator from Pennsylvania Demands an answer Immediately Verbruggen, a rugged, bald headed man in his sixties, snapped to attention, as if the senator from Pennsylvania had entered the room Whats he want He still refused to do any unnecessary reading The Jaspar girl, I said With a disgusted reflex Verbruggen slammed shut the portfolio For seventeen months, he complained, this embassy has been plagued by the Jaspar girl Im here to help a nation climb out of the Dark Ages, and thats the job Im trying to do But Im pestered with saddle shoes and Jaspar idiots Theres nothing I can think of to do on this case, he concluded firmly, shoving the papers to me But I forced the papers back to his side of the desk Youve got to read the dispatch, I warned Gingerly he lifted the leather cover and peeked at the peremptory message from Washington When he saw that even the Secretary of State had involved himself in the matter, he snapped to attention and pulled the paper before him Slowly he read aloud It is imperative that I be able to supply the senior senator from Pennsylvania with full details regarding the whereabouts and condition of Ellen Jaspar All previous reports from your embassy are judged inadequate and unacceptable If necessary, detail your best men to this problem as it involves many collateral considerations Am I correct in remembering that Mark Miller speaks the native language If so, consider assigning him to this project at once and have him report promptly, sparing no effort Captain Verbruggen leaned back, blew air from puffed up cheeks and once again shoved the folder to me Looks like its been taken out of my hands, he said with relief Better get to work, son I lifted the portfolio from his desk and said, I have been working, sir Ever since I arrived In a very desultory way, he suggested pleasantly My boss could never forgo the obvious, which was why he was stuck off in Afghanistan, one of the most inconspicuous nations on earth In 1946 it was just emerging from the bronze age, a land incredibly old, incredibly tied to an ancient past At the embassy we used to say, Kabul today shows what Palestine was like at the time of Jesus In many ways, our attach was an ideal man for Afghanistan, for he too was only just emerging from his own bronze age Yet I liked him He was a rough, wily businessman who had made a minor fortune in the used car racket, and a place for himself in the Democratic party in Minnesota Four times he had helped elect Franklin D Roosevelt, and although I was a strong Republican, I respected Verbruggens tested loyalty He had given the Democrats some sixty thousand dollars and they had given him Afghanistan He was almost entitled to it While still a civilian he had made himself into a rough and ready yachtsman, for boating was his principal hobby, and when World War II struck, he volunteered to help the navy manage its shore installations By merit and drive he had risen from lieutenant to navy captain and had made significant contributions to the building of our great bases at Manus and Samar He was a tough bullet head and men respected him he had courage, and I could prove it My name is not really Mark Miller By rights its Marcus Muehler, but in the 1840s when my ancestors fled Germany they decided with that foresight which distinguishes my family that a Jewish name would not be helpful in America, so they translated muehler into its English equivalent, and henceforth we were Millers As usual, my family was right The fact that my name was Miller and my face wholly un Jewish enabled me to succeed at Groton and Yale, so that when in 1942 the United States navy was looking for a few acceptable Jewish officers to avoid having many unacceptable ones forced upon them, they grabbed me with relief and were happy when most of my shipmates never realized that I was Jewish In how many wardrooms was I assured by amateur anthropologists, I can spot a kike every time Captain Verbruggen, under whom I served at Manus, watched me for three weeks, then said, Miller, youre the kind of kid who ought to be in Intelligence Youve got brains And he personally fought with the brass on the island until he found me a good berth In 1945, when our State Department also became eager to pick up a few Jewish career men with table manners, my former boss remembered me, and in one exciting week he switched me from lieutenant, junior grade, to State Department officer, very junior grade Then came the problem of where State should put me, for the typical embassy doubted that I would fit in For example, I wouldnt be welcome in Cairo or Baghdad, where the citizens hated Jews, or, as it happened, in Paris, where many of our staff felt the same way At this point Captain Verbruggen, now serving as naval attach in Afghanistan, reported that he knew Mark Miller, and that I was a well behaved Jew who would be a credit to the country In fact, he said in a cable that was passed widely throughout the department, some of my best friends are Jews, and he got me His courage gained the gratitude of President Truman and a nod from the Secretary of State To everyones relief I was working out reasonably well, so that Captain Verbruggen looked on me with a certain pride I was one of his ideas that hadnt turned sour, which could not be said for all of them I havent been a ball of fire on the Jaspar girl, I confessed, but when the cable arrived I got everything together Ive reviewed the files and I think I know whats got to be done next What At four this afternoon Im seeing Shah Khan At his home He talks better there, and if anyone knows where the Jaspar girl is, he does Will he tell you Captain Verbruggen countered suspiciously In Afghanistan I expect no one to tell me anything, and what they do tell me, I distrust Youre learning The captain laughed He looked at his watch and said, If youve already studied the file, and if youre going to meet Shah Khan at four Id better get to work on the saddle shoes, I anticipated Youd better Those damned mullahs are off again on a big religious kick I was always surprised at Captain Verbruggens use of the vernacular He read widelymagazines, not booksand acquired strange phrases The mullahs from the mountain districts stormed into town yesterday, he continued, and they got wind, somehow, of the saddle shoes and theyre demanding that our Marine guards be sent home You arent going to let a few mad priests dictate our policy, sir The one thing I refuse to get mixed up in is a bunch of fanatic Muslim priests You dont know them the way I do Already theyre putting a lot of pressure on the Afghan government I may have to lose my Marines What am I to do You speak the language Go down to the bazaar See whats actually happening Very good, sir And, Miller, if theres any good reason for getting rid of the Marines, let me know right away Their times almost up and it might be a friendly gesture on our part to get them out of here Placate the mullahs at no real expense to ourselves I was equally surprised at the precise vocabulary my boss could use when he wished to I dont like the idea of placating a bunch of mullahs, I objected stubbornly You wont be, he replied Ill accept responsibility, and well all be further ahead if I do.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 Caravans A Novel of Afghanistan Kindle edition by Caravans by James Michener, Steve Berry Download it once and read on your device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking highlighting while reading Caravan Wikipedia This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Caravan If an internal link led you here, may wish to change point directly intended article Centennial novel Centennial is a American author published in traces history plains northeast Colorado from prehistory until early s Geographic details about fictional town its surroundings indicate that region modern day Weld CountySince was written, Denver suburb After days pushing hard line stance immigration, President Donald has vowed send US military guard country border Mexico his long promised wall can be been builtJames Michener Academy Achievement as child Virginia Trumbull As infant, adopted widow Doylestown, Pennsylvania He born New York City , but over course life, he never 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    • Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan
    • 3.1
    • 240
    • Format Kindle
    • 320 pages
    • 0812969820
    • James A Michener
    • Anglais
    • 11 April 2017

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