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Random House, Inc.
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 more 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.
Praise for Hawaii
“Wonderful . . . [a] mammoth epic of the islands.”The Baltimore Sun
“One novel you must not miss! A tremendous work from every point of view—thrilling, exciting, lusty, vivid, stupendous.”Chicago Tribune
“From Michener’s devotion to the islands, he has written a monumental chronicle of Hawaii, an extraordinary and fascinating novel.”Saturday Review
“Memorable . . . a superb biography of a people.”Houston Chronicle

Baker & Taylor
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 to the early nineteenth-century arrival of American missionaires, in a multi-faceted historical novel. Reprint. 40,000 first printing..

Publisher: New York : Random House : Fawcett House, 1987, 1959
ISBN: 9780375760372
Characteristics: 937 p. : maps, geneal. tables ; 21 cm


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Oct 23, 2017

I read this excellent novel on my phone and loved having it available in this small format. I was struck by the way we have repeated history of racial bias and over and over made assumptions about the intelligence of other peoples. Will this pattern never end?

Apr 24, 2015

This novel is just too long. I cannot devote the amount of time necessary to read from cover to cover ... even though I enjoyed Michener in my younger years.

Dec 10, 2014

A perfect read for anyone on a long vacation with plenty of beach or pool time. Excellent historic overview of the islands.

Sep 29, 2012

Michener not only opens up history, but observes relationships, especially racial relationships, revealing not merely bigotry, but the essential humanity of even the bigots.

May 24, 2010

Another great Michener historical novel.

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