Miracle in Seville, James A. Michener’s most recent work of fiction, appeared in bookstores in October of 1995. Like his previous novels, Miracle in Seville exhibits a vivid setting and compelling narrative. Yet it is a much shorter work, running 107 pages, and has a strong aura of fantasy; in effect, it is a fairy tale for adults. In the hardback edition of the book, John Fulton’s drawings of Seville, the people, and the events of the story enhance visually the sense of place that Michener creates throughout the narrative. Fulton is an American matador de toros who has been fighting bulls in Spain for over thirty years.
This chapter will touch briefly on plot development, character development, and thematic considerations in Michener’s most recent narrative.
As in his novel Mexico, Michener uses a journalist as narrator and participant in Miracle in Seville. Shenstone is sent by his editor to Seville to write the story of Don Cayetano Mota, owner of a famous ranch where fighting bulls have been raised for decades. The quality of Mota ranch bulls has declined through the years, and Don Cayetano, upon inheriting