I loved learning about the history of this very specific time, place and situation-Hawaii and Hansons Disease through 70 years of history, as told so fully and compationately through the eyes of the central and peripheral characters. The story trancended what it so successfully depicted by engaging me through fiction into contemplation of the human condition of suffering and loss, love and community that we all experience. I was also grateful for the interwoven Hawaiian history, mythology and spirit. Though I have lived in Hawaii for many years I felt closer to my chosen home through the experience of this book.
In a way this book engaged me as have some by Michener and Steinbeck, and shared the Hawaiian experience as did "The Folding Cliffs".
Rachel of course was the central character. Her strength, dignity and open heart were humbling, making me wish I could meet her and cheer her on.
It seems I've been on a dry stretch of trying to find a book that would really capture my interest lately. Moloka'i has it!! I learned a lot, the characters were realistic and memorable and the historical research was remarkably well done and yet easily transposed into a great plot about the history leprosy colony off main land Hawaii.
A narrator who obviously has the knowledge of Hawaii and its language and traditions only adds to the enjoyment of this listen.
Alan Brennert is an wonderful writer. In Moloka'i, he will bring you to tears as he weaves this heart breaking story. Most of the characters are well developed. His description of the Island of Moloka'i doing this period is excellent. This is a book that will remain with you forever.
Her pronunciation of the Hawaian words and names was invaluable
This is an extremely sad book that will bring the strongest to tears
Author, Raising Baby Green
I cried every time I listened, and yet I couldn't stop listening. I cared so deeply about these characters.
It's a great story and you really fell the pain and life that the people had to live.
That it was read to you by a local. It made you feel the pain and the joy. I spent 8 years in Hawaii and you could picture what and where they were. It was told very well.
There are too many to pick just one. When the girls went to the party, then surfing
Rachael ! You watched her go from a young girl happy to being cast off to becoming a women and then meeting her daughter and the end
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to my family and friends. I enjoyed a peek at history when listening to this book. So much I did not know
Yes - wonderful
... just a little slow. The style in which the book is written is pretty slow. The author takes way too long to explain some things while grossly under explaining pivotal moments in the story. The narration was a little slow as well.
Book Pros: It was chock full of history about leprosy and the story line was enjoyable, you really get to know and like all of the characters.
I would recommend the book but be prepared for the authors writing style.
A life long journey full of characters, experiences, sorrows, joys. Rachel and her story drew me in and held me through to the end. Not a frivolous story and historically fascinating. Well written and well narrated.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Legends and stories of old Hawaii artfully woven into the plot. Main character is thoroughly developed.