Hawaii

Hawaii

Book - 1982
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The volcanic processes by which the Hawaiian Islands grew from the ocean floor were inconceivably slow, and the land remained untouched by man for countless centuries until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers made the perilous journey across the Pacific and discovered their new home. They lived and flourished in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions and beliefs until, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrived, bringing a new creed and a new way of life to a Stone Age society. The impact of the missionaries had only begun to be absorbed when other national groups, with equally different customs, began to migrate in great numbers to the islands. The story of modern Hawaii, and of this novel, is one of how disparate peoples, struggling to keep their identity yet live with one another in harmony, ultimately joined together to build America’s strong and vital fiftieth state.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1982, c1959
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780449213353
0449213358
Characteristics: 1036 [10] p. : geneal. tables ; 18 cm

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PamMcPhail
Apr 24, 2015

This novel is just too long. I cannot devote the amount of time necessary to read from cover to cover ... even though I enjoyed Michener in my younger years.

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Merlin55_0
Dec 10, 2014

A perfect read for anyone on a long vacation with plenty of beach or pool time. Excellent historic overview of the islands.

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largott07
Sep 29, 2012

Michener not only opens up history, but observes relationships, especially racial relationships, revealing not merely bigotry, but the essential humanity of even the bigots.

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Gonzo_McFly
May 24, 2010

Another great Michener historical novel.

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