The folding cliffs: a narrative

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Knopf, 1998 - Poetry - 331 pages
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Pursued by colonial troops, a family in 19th century Hawaii flees into the interior to avoid internment as lepers. Written in verse, the novel looks at the destruction of an indigenous culture

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Review: The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative

User Review  - Peter Landau - Goodreads

There were times where I wanted to put this epic poem down. I couldn't keep track of the foreign names or even the guiding narrative. The words were in a language I understood and yet were so arranged ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kerstin Lampert - Goodreads

A truly thought-provoking story....all I can think of is that poor Hawaiian woman lying on her dead husband's grave for a week.....ancient Hawaiian way or mourning? Wow! Read full review

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About the author (1998)

W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. His many books of poems, prose, and translations are listed at the beginning of this volume. He has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets (of which he is now a Chancellor), the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry; most recently he has received the Governor's Award for Literature of the state of Hawaii, the Tanning Prize for mastery in the art of poetry, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

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