"[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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Michener's book starts us at the very beginning and then we see how the idyllic lives of the native are spoiled by the interference of well-meaning missionaries. Not always historically accurate ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DeborahCThomas - LibraryThing
Proud to say I've finally read a Michener book, but boy was it a challenge. I love Hawaii and looked forward to learning about it. For that reason alone I'm glad I read it. Don't think I'll tackle another Michener though. Read full review