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Glass Beach Paperback – April 29, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It brought be back more than a few years, to when we lived on Oahu. The Hawaiian language was familiar to me as was the colloquial language the author used. I felt like I was there watching a play unfold before my eyes.
The attitudes about race and interracial relationships that underpin the story in this book connected me to a story my Father told me about his growing up. Dad's parents were in the Navy, stationed on Guam around 1925, when he was 10 or 11. He said his favorite activity was body surfing on the beaches with his buddies, the Island boys. He recalled that his Mother was called in to the base Commandant's office and told to keep her son from playing with the "native boys," because it wasn't "seemly." I remember my Dad looking both sad and angry at his memory, because, he went on to say, "Those were the only friends I had.&qu! ot; Glass Beach takes place in an era when the description, "going native," was seen as a moral step down in the social scheme of things.
I especially enjoyed learning about the Paniolos, the Hawaiian cowboys, and appreciated Landis' use of Hawaiian words throughout the book. Her descriptions of the Land and people and the love the people have for the Land had me right there on Kauai, and I've never visited there before. Maybe now is the time?!
Jill Marie Landis painted a beautiful picture of Hawaii in 1888. Her words were so poetic and flowing, I could easily picture myself there with the sights and smells.
I had a hard time liking the heroine, Elizabeth. I completely got where she was coming from and why she reacted the way she did, but her constant mistrust of Spence got on my nerves. If I were him, I wouldn't have gone back to her that last time...a person can only take so much. I guess he loved her more than I did, because he did go back to her.