- File Size: 507 KB
- Print Length: 259 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: KIANA DAVENPORT; (1) edition (July 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008K9MBNW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
OPIUM DREAMS, Pacific Stories Volume III Kindle Edition
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I just finished Opium Dreams, volume three in her Pacific Stories collection, and like in her previous volumes Cannibal Nights and House of Skin, I found myself slipping into the skins of the narrators. You don't read her stories so much as breathe them along with her characters. Her eye for the small telling detail that reveals epic amounts of information is exquisite and her deft handling of imagery often makes the prose sing like poetry.
Da titah can write. Period.
I've admired Kiana's work for a long time. Her main characters are often mixed-raced Polynesian women trying to make a life for themselves on the margins of western culture. The women in her stories survive abuse, make poor choices, bow under the burdens of history and culture, and fall to the whims of turn-on-a-dime fate. They also seize life and triumph in ways large and small. They are spectacularly flawed, raw, and real. Kiana has the knack of taking something alien to most western experiences and making it universal.
In Opium Dreams, her stories are about anger and revenge, self-destruction, the inevitable consequences of action vs. inaction, and the grace of forgiveness. In Kiana's worlds, family is who you chose, and that choice is everything.
In Opium Dreams, a novella that the author hints may become a novel, Asia is a thirty-two year old unwed woman living in Hawaii on the Big Island in the late 1800s. "No invisible music or perfume surrounds her, no man's eyes slide over her with desire. Her life has become a vigilance; a woman impatient for the future, yet loath to greet it, for it will undoubtedly bring nothing." Later, her mother comforts her, "assuring Asia that though she is not beautiful, she is charged with a tremor that gives her a radiance. A woman who throws off sparks."
The cadence of the language is seductive. The vulnerability of the characters becomes even more profound with the realization that the story arcs are real incidents from the author's life: "Because love, the search for it, the failure of it, and especially the loss of it, is how we progress and mature, how we attain an inner nobility."
Mahalo, Kiana Davenport!
I stayed up very late reading it, because I was unable to put the book down, which is very unusual for me, especially with an essay collection. I loved Cannibal Nights (her last book) but I actually enjoyed this one more. The stories are softer, more uplifting, but still hauntingly lovely. No spoilers... but I didn't cry reading any of these, as I did with Cannibal Nights.
It's absolutely a page-turner. Recommended!
stories and the details of the characters lives. For me this was entertaining and the stories moved nicely through
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She writes beautifully and always satisfies. And subject
matter so carefully researched, unusual, and fascinating.
Not for nothing Kiana Davenport's short stories gather prices everywhere and all around the globe.Shark DialoguesHOUSE OF SKIN PRIZE-WINNING STORIES I and CANNIBAL NIGHTS Pacific Stories, Volume IIRead more