Hawaii

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 12, 1986 - Fiction - 1056 pages
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"[A] mammoth epic of the islands, [a] vast panorama, wonderful."
THE BALTIMORE SUN
America's preeminent storyteller, James Michener, introduced an entire generation of readers to a lush, exotic world in the Pacific with this classic novel. But it is also a novel about people, people of strength and character; the Polynesians; the fragile missionaries; the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried into a beautiful race called Hawaiians. Here is the story of their relationships, toils, and successes, their strong aristocratic kings and queens and struggling farmers, all of it enchanting and very real in this almost mythical place.

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User Review  - Shazia - Goodreads

I'm hoping to go to Hawaii, and found that Michener's book, Alaska, was a delightful way to learn about the history of that great state. He is a somewhat pedestrian writer, but the value of learning ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bert - Goodreads

This book is fascinating. As a child I acquired a first edition, then foolishly I gave it to a friend who never returned it. Now I see full well why it subsequently received such high critical acclaim ... Read full review

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Contents

From the Boundless Deep
1
From the SunSwept Lagoon
17
From the Farm of Bitterness
131
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

James A. Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas.

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