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  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (501)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Eye-opening History, if a bit spoon-fed."
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    While this is a novel, the historical basis seems to be well researched and presented. The slow-paced narration makes the story seem juvenile, but getting the deep background of this part of Hawaiian history makes it worth hanging in there. Thorough character development made me care about the people in the story, but I was never able to cross the line into forgetting it was just a story. The medical and social aspects of Hanson's disease are compellingly presented. If you're familiar with the islands the story becomes more alive, as the descriptions of the localities will ring true. For a broader look at Hawaiian history, I would also recommend Sarah Vowel's "Unfamiliar Fishes", here on audible.com.

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