I listened to this audiobook after first having read "Holy Man Father Damien of Molokai" by Gavan Daws. Both books are well written and, in the case of "The Colony" is certainly well read by Patrick Lawlor. I have to disagree with earlier reviewers who complained about the quality of Lawlor's narration. I found his reading well paced as well as well modulated, certainly in keeping with the text as it developed. The main focus of the first book, of course, is the work of the Catholic priest (now Saint) Damien De Veusters and his work among lepers in the community of Kalawao which served as the leper colony on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Both books deal with the politics of the Kingdon of Hawaii, especially with the Board of Health as well as with the religious politics affecting the colony on Molokai. The "Colony" initially covers much of the same material, but continues to follow specific cases of Hawaiians as well as non Hawaiians sent to the colony on Molokai up to and through the formal cessation of segregation in 1969 and beyond into the early part of our 21st Century. Taymon describes in telling detail the lives of several key individuals throughout this entire period. I found listening to "The Colony" very rewarding and worthwhile.
As a brain cancer patient myself, four and a half years post diagnosis and post brain surgery and four years post follow-up chemothyerapy, I found the entire book quite powerfully insightful and enriching. I would certainly recommened it for anyone either going through the trying experiences surrounding the diagnosis and the treatments of cancer personally or responding to the cancer diagnosis of a friend or fsmily member.
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