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“Wonderful . . . [a] mammoth epic of the islands.”—The Baltimore Sun
“One novel you must not miss! A tremendous work from every point of view—thrilling, exciting, lusty, vivid, stupendous.”—Chicago Tribune
“From Michener’s devotion to the islands, he has written a monumental chronicle of Hawaii, an extraordinary and fascinating novel.”—Saturday Review
“Memorable . . . a superb biography of a people.”—Houston Chronicle
In Hawaii, Pulitzer Prize?winning author James Michener weaves the classic saga that brought Hawaii?s epic history vividly alive to the American public on its initial publication in 1959, and continues to mesmerize even today.
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.
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Michener is the master of historical fiction. If you want to know more about an area while you meet characters who are real and took part in the history, he is amazing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Diane Klein
I'm in the middle of the book right now and I find it interesting how Michener blends his characters together in various plots.Published 6 days ago by Sharon Gillen-Davis
There is something about this author that pulls you in and doesn't let go. I bought this book because I love Hawaii (lived there for a while) and wanted a better understanding of... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Fan
I have alway been a fan of James Michener since high school. We are going to Hawaii in the fall and I thought I might enjoy some easy ready about the history of the area.Published 17 days ago by Bonnie