Hawaii Pulitzer Prize winning author James A Michener brings Hawaii s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in As the volcanic Hawaiian

Pulitzer Prize winning author James A Michener brings Hawaii s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959 As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries until, little than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey aPulitzer Prize winning author James A Michener brings Hawaii s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959 As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries until, little than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions Then, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life Based on exhaustive research and told in Michener s immersive prose, Hawaii is the story of disparate peoples struggling to keep their identity, live in harmony, and, ultimately, join together.

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  1. James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific, which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for the year s best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer founded an MFA program now, named the Michener Center for Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin and made substantial contributions to the James A Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, best known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings and a room containing Michener s own typewriter, books, and various memorabilia.Michener s entry in Who s Who in America says he was born on Feb 3, 1907 But he said in his 1992 memoirs that the circumstances of his birth remained cloudy and he did not know just when he was born or who his parents were.

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  1. I picked up this book in the library and one of the things I noticed first about the book was that the edges of the pages have become soft from the hands and fingers of hundreds of readers The book has been rebound in one of those lovely flat blue library covers In the back Marsha left her phone number on a yellow sticky note which I have suspicions might be for a support group for those that have started and failed to finish reading Hawaii 937 pages later I can say that this book is a two star [...]

  2. My 10th grade reading teacher Mrs Fine introduced me to this very large book I only took her class Hooked on Books because I thought it was and easy A Read several books, do book reports, get a grade Hawaii was the first book she chose for me I read the 1st 50 pages no dialouge, just info about how the island was formed by volcanos I went back to complain that it was boring, she encouraged me to keep reading next 50 pages, just as boring, natives from other lands discovering Hawaii and coming it [...]

  3. Hawaii was the first Michener novel I read, because of my interest in Hawaii the place than in the novel or writer Having been lucky enough to travel there several times in my life, I ve been fascinated in the history and culture Michener, for those of you not familiar with his writing, was fanatical about detail His histories start with the dawn of man, or in this case the rising of lava out of the depths of the ocean, and proceed on to present day, with interesting fictional stories laced in [...]

  4. Hawaii book cover best suited for West Wind to Hawaii.ON April 1 and 2 I read James A Michener s West Wind to Hawaii and loved it immensely Actually, I read it in a volume of Reader s Digest Condensed Books whose editors have taken the liberty of describing the story of only the first generation of a Polynesian tribe that leaves the island of Bora Bora heading off for the North on a canoe named West Wind to Hawaii in search of Havaiki which probably became Hawaii with the passage of time.James M [...]

  5. As in all of Michener s books, this is a sweeping story of the history of Hawai i from the precolonial period until today The characters are a bit two dimensional but the story is still fascinating and it makes you want to fly to Honolulu, sweep away the hordes of Japanese tourists and try to imagine it without all the horrid hotels littering the littoral towards Diamond Head.

  6. I needed a bottle of wine and some stimulants to get through this one, and I m Hawaiian The opening is enthralling but skip the entire middle section I couldn t get past the missionary section and had to keep a barf bucket close by I loved the rest.

  7. This was a great book, but it had my eternal problem with Michener The modern stuff is just so much boring than the older stuff, and it goes off on ridiculous tangents that go nowhere It is especially frustrating here, because the core story is wonderful Each chapter, of the first four, is great, the first deals with the Polynesians, then the Missionaries, then the Chinese, then Japanese Each focuses primarily on one family, with other characters woven in, and he has such a knack for creating p [...]

  8. This is the first Michener book I ve read and I found it to be quite unique It s a pretty huge book but reads quickly Despite being fictional it feels like non fiction and sent me to countless times looking for real life equivalents of the characters and events The author s ideas and world view come through pretty strongly especially since large chunks of the story are told by an omniscient narrator It was also a bit jarring, but probably accurate, to see how racist many of the characters were I [...]

  9. They should put a photo of this book in the dictionary beside the definition of epic because epic it is Covering the history of hawaii and even the prehistory, Michener covers every aspect of what shaped the tropical islands from volcanoes to war to the myriad people who lived there Michener humanizes his history by telling the stories of individuals and their families, their ambitions, and their reactions to the changing world While it is a very long book, I would highly recommend it Think of i [...]

  10. I had never read any Michener before but having just returned from a vacation to Kona I was interested in how the islands first got populated Several articles I read referred to James Michener as a careful historian of Hawaii and since this book is considered one of his best, I borrowed it from the library The book is beastly long 1000 pages but is actually a collection of four separate stories that stretch from the geological formation of Hawaii up through the attainment of statehood in 1959 Th [...]

  11. Reading this was a monumental task I started it on the plane to Hawaii in mid August and finished it on October 1st I nearly didn t make it through the first chapter about the formation of the islands, but I m glad I persevered Michener takes us from Tahiti Bora Bora to the arrival of the missionaries, the Chinese, and the Japanese There are a number of marvelous characters Char Nyuk Tsin is my favorite and set pieces Michener is especially good at moments of high tension, which are amplified by [...]

  12. I ve never read any of Michener s work and now, at the end of this 1130 page, ultra fine print book, I feel as if I just run a marathon, but, my feet don t hurt I ve invested 3 weeks of my life with this book and I m so glad I did I enjoyed it and I m so glad I read it after visiting Hawaii What I kept thinking while reading it, though, was this man wrote dozens of books this long, with this much research How in the heck did he do it This book got right to the heart of many of the questions I ha [...]

  13. An intensely lonnn but beautiful read, this one Six chapters, that have their own throughput.From the Boundless Deep, is such a well put story of the process of how the geological forces through their temporally long ages brought forth into being the beautiful islands that would be later called as Hawaii From the Sun Swept Lagoon, is the story of the people of the Polynesian Islands, their fights, their gods, their ideas, and how they from the island of Bora Bora eventually became the first to i [...]

  14. This was my second Michener I read Alaska last spring in preparation for traveling through that state That book provided me with not facts but with a sort of historical frame of reference from early pre history to state hood through which to view the place and the people I wanted the same for my trip to Hawaii While I feel reluctant to dedicate myself to 1,000 pages because it precludes dipping into other books for the duration, this book provided quite compelling reading I needed to read it in [...]

  15. Probably a 4.5 for me Written back in 1954, Hawaii is Michener s 2nd novel but his historical fiction formula is already set We take thousands of years of natural history to set the scene, and then we move through the years with a cast of characters and their families It is there book after book and it never gets old, it never gets dull and it is always both entertaining and educational as I learn a lot about aspects of history and society in each of his books.Here his style is still the same, b [...]

  16. James A Michener is a master storyteller if I ve ever come across one he is truly in a league of his own But then again, I don t normally read from cover to cover books longer than 500 pages, let alone 900, so who am I to say My God, what a book He began his story with the volcanic activity that formed the landmass that became Hawaii, and three pages in, it was already becoming obvious why this book was so damn long But then again, who s ever described the formation of islands as a consummated m [...]

  17. Added 2 17 17 first published 1959 2 17 17 I read this a long time ago I remember liking it very much It really drew me in and, after all these years, I still remember it as a good book So I m giving it 5 stars.

  18. Read this decades ago and yet recall the book like it was yesterday What a masterful storyteller Michener is I used to joke about each book starting at the beginning of time, but he has an amazing way of making the reader care and then developing interesting characters to relate fascinating histories I ll reread them all when I retire.

  19. The writing was pretty good, but after 300 pages I couldn t see myself doing that for another 700 Lots of Idontgiveafuck in this I really couldn t handle the Calvinist perspective They simply use the G word view spoiler God hide spoiler too much here.

  20. I cannot believe I ve just got around to reading my first Michener After I get done kicking myself,I m going to pick out another one He s a fabulous storyteller

  21. If someone had handed me this book and said, Here s a weird cult novel from the 1950s, I would have believed them But instead this one comes to me with the full recommendation of long lived American best seller A best seller for years Structurally alone, the book is an anomaly, divided into three hundred page chapters each of which changes dramatically in tone and focus The first chapter reads like a scifi novella about the formation of the Hawaiian islands I kept waiting for a space ship to lan [...]

  22. Join me in my victory lap 51 hours of audio, of which about 25% was focused on Abner Hale, a horrible prejudiced missionary I took a break for several months, and it s good that I did because I might not have been able to finish.This book is a very comprehensive history of Hawaii from the first Polynesian settlers through to the mid 1950 s As with many places in the world, the Christians decided that everybody needs to be Christian so they sent their people to Hawaii and proceeded to take all th [...]

  23. There s history and then there s H I S T O R Y that spans the geologic and sociological timelines This book covers both I liked it well enough that it launched me into an enjoyable journey around the world, reading as many of Michener s historical fiction novels as I could find on audio Michener lays the groundwork of giving you the significance of place and how the setting impacts the settlers His stories span generations, from the both the perspective of native cultures sometimes including the [...]

  24. I first read this novel in the 1970 s I became very interested in our 50th state and have traveled there several times since If you have seen the movie, trust me you need to read the book Michner likes to take the way back machine all the way to the formation of the islands, then the arrival of flora and fauna and eventually to the arrival of the original Hawaiian s from Bora Bora The strong parts of the book are the conflict of cultures as new groups arrive Melting pot is a lovely concept, but [...]

  25. But have you heard what I said about land reform he pressed That s what we re talking about, Noelani said in her precise Bostonian accent You would hurt your father very much if you were active in my campaign, Shigeo warned As a matter of fact, you would probably hurt me, too I studied politics at Wellesley, she replied firmly Were you at Wellesley he asked While you were at Harvard, she said.A lot of the characters were annoying, but in the way that a lot of people in real life are annoying No [...]

  26. I read this epic many years ago, and it is one of the few that I hope to read again in the near future As with many of Micheners books, I felt that it was tedious getting through the earlier chapters, and probably one of the longest books I ve ever read, but very well worth the effort

  27. The huge description of the epic saga of Hawaii since its discovery by some natives coming from Bora Bora up to the birth of an American state.

  28. It took me about 150 pages until i was completly hooked Easily became one of my favorite books I love how Michener focuses on the history and less on fiction.

  29. August 7, 2014A Review by Anthony T Riggio of Hawaii A Novel by James A MichenerA couple of years ago, I began reading Chesapeake by Michener and got so bored with the geological formation of the Chesapeake Bay and its surroundings, that I put the book down Concluding in my mind well, maybe someday I ll read this book After completing the reading of Hawaii, I looked through all my books trying to find Chesapeake, to no avail, especially after several moves I learned that I have to finish the boo [...]

  30. I am a huge fan of historical fiction And would you believe it this is my first Michener novel It didn t take me long to realize that I had been missing out Hawaii gripped me from the first pages and despite being over 900 pages long, I was sad to see it end.Hawaii is composed of large chapters even novellas, if you will, that connect to form the history of the islands From the lyrical prose of the first chapter, From the Boundless Deep, which describes the geological formation of the islands th [...]

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