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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0449213358
ISBN-13: 9780449213353
Sku: 30070425
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  1056
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"[A] mammoth epic of the islands, [a] vast panorama, wonderful."@lt;br@gt;THE BALTIMORE SUN@lt;br@gt;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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"[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.The epic saga of the fiftieth state traces its fascinating history from the fiery volcanoes that formed the islands to the strength and character of the original Polynesians. By the author of Alaska. Reissue.The experiences of diverse characters provide a romanticized profile of Hawaii's history
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Like many of Michener's works, this book is best described as a historical pageant. "Hawaii" concerns this multicultural state, from its documented beginnings to 1959, when it received statehood.
Author Bio
James A. Michener
A foundling, taken in by Mabel Michener in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and reared as her foster child, James A. Michener attended Swarthmore College, and graduated (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1929. After teaching English for many years, he served as naval historian in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific", was a collection of stories based on his experiences during the war. He became known for his epic-length tomes tackling a broad subject (Hawaii, Poland, Texas, space). Michener's books were hugely successful but never popular with critics. As he himself said to the "Times", "I don't think the way I write books is the best or even the second-best. The really great writers are the people like Emily Bront? who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination. But people in my position also do some very good work. I'm not a stylist like Updike or Bellow, and don't aspire to be. I'm not interested in plot or pyrotechnics, but I sure work to get a steady flow." "The New York Times" described his novels as "big, old-fashioned narratives involving generations of fictional families as they moved through expertly documented events in history." From an early age Michener loved to travel, and claimed: "Before I was 20, I had seen all the states but Washington, Oregon, and Florida. I had an insatiable love of hearing people tell stories, and what they didn't tell I made up." Michener was immensely wealthy, thanks to his book sales, and was also a great philanthropist, making large donations to, among other places, Swarthmore College, the University of Texas, the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and The Authors League Fund. He died at the age of 90 after requesting that he be unhooked from his kidney dialysis machine.

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New York Times Book Review
"[A] brilliant panoramic novel about Hawaii from its volcanic origins to its recent statehood. It is a complex and fascinating subject, and it is rendered here with a wealth of scholarship, of literary imagination and of narrative skill, so that the large and diverse story is continually interesting." - Maxwell Geisman 11/22/1959

Chicago Tribune
"[O]ne of the most enlightening books ever written, either of fact or fiction, about the integration of divergent peoples into a composite society...even more thrilling than the reliving of events, exciting, tense, often stupendous as many of them were. What makes the novel unforgettable is not only the deep understanding of national dreams and ways of life, not only the exciting panorama of events, but the human beings who were the motivators and the movers in the creation of today's Hawaii." - Fanny Butcher 11/22/1959

New York Times
"It may never make literary history, but for some time it has been making publishing history." - Orville Prescott 1959

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   1056
Product attributePublisher:   Fawcett Books
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