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Hula Hardcover – 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Norton (1994); First Edition edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393035891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393035896
  • ASIN: B000OP3U94
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,752,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I bought hula off a table without thinking anything else about it but a simple summer read to pass time. It is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I think Lisa Shea's imagery of childhood is wonderful and almost disturbing. It makes one remember long since forgotten incidents and occurences of childhood. Brilliant.
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Lisa Shea's novel explores further many of the themes she established with her brilliant earlier short fiction. There is something in reading her work which is akin to seeing the beauty of a hurricane destroying everything in its path.
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I read Hula a few years ago, and I was looking around on Amazon to see if Shea had written anything else. Hula was such a great read that I want more from this twisted, talented author. Shea captures the story in small moments rather than lengthy, descriptive prose. The characters, especially the father (an incredibly disturbed man suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) are sometimes difficult to understand, because Shea leaves enough to the imagination to make you wonder...this is a great book for people who do not need their literature spoon-fed to them.
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I can't say where I picked up this book, because I have no idea but it is a hauntingly realistic story about two young girls growing up in the 1960's. Their mom is a costume designer who works all the time, and their dad is suffering from severe PTSD. This story is written from the youngest girls perspective and almost reads like a factual account of her youth. Life was very different in the 60's and 70's than it is today and if you want a flashback into what it once was then this might be an interesting place to start.

It appears the author Lisa Shea has not written any more books, but I would be interested in finding out more about her.
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By Patricia on December 18, 2010
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I am a novelist and lover of literary fiction who has never written a book review before. I was inspired to do so by Hula. Shea's lyrical, unsentimental prose gives immense punch to this tale. I was just blown away!
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This is a book I constantly buy and give to others, starting with my sisters. Sensitive and spot on, this is a tale of the modern family gone awry as seen through the eyes of two sister trying to grow up in spite of their circumstance. Their story unfolds as if accidentally. A truly brilliant book. Those of us from less than perfect childhoods will see our experiences here and will cringe with the recognition.
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I read Hula a few years ago and it has haunted me so much that every so often I have searched it out on my bookshelf and re-read it from beginning to end. It has a mesmerizing lyrical minimalism that yet packs emotional insight into the twilight limbo of puberty. Like a punch to the gut, you don't always see it coming. This is an amazing little novel.
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By Roonie on November 22, 2010
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I read most of the reviews and also the first few pages of the book. It sounded like something that I would enjoy as the narrator, the younger sister, was believable and the tone rang familiar. I dove into the book one night and read and waited until it hit a climax or an interesting point. It never got there!

The book was not particularly well written: no distinctive imagery, no expected childhood roles or symbols, not even a bad metaphor, nothing. It was just one long, argument between sisters with occasional moments of them almost needing each other. The character development was sorely lacking. It was impossible understand the depth or breadth of the father's mental illness or anything related to why the mother stayed. The children seemed to have material goods (and tap lessons) but it was not evident where they made their money if the father was mentally ill. If it was the mother, working for the theater, then were the kids left alone with the father? Is that why it seems the majority of the book they seem to be in hiding?

At times, there were scenes added that didn't seem to add to the quality of the story or tell anything about the relationship between the sisters. What is up with the guy who stuttered? Why the "mother cat" who fell into the basement?

The book was a big disappointment. I wish I could ask for my money back. Don't waste your time on this purchase.
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