- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 844 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
- Publication Date: 15/08/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780375760372
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Review by mccin68
Epic span covering the creation of the island from volcanic forces to it's induction as a State. The population of the island begins with explorers from Bora Bora making a treacherous excurion to find new land. they bring with them their native plants, traditions and Gods to the desolate island. The second section covers the arrival of the american missionaries who came to dominate the island. Hale, Whipple, Hoxworth and Hewlett and their wives brought catholicism, western values, landownership and disease helping to destroy the rich polynesian culture.
Review by LibrarysCat
This is the first Michener book that I read and I loved it so much that I have read all of the rest of them with only a few exceptions. The quality writing makes it seem you are a part of the story.
Review by alexis3700
This was my first foray into Michener. All I can say--WOW! What a fantastic epic saga! I love that I learned so much about those magical islands and the people who discovered it, changed it, and brought life and survival to it. This was not a hard book to read, although it was quite lengthy. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who wants to actually know and understand the genesis of the people there.
Review by bigorangecat
This is a true "guilty pleasure." I only read it once and won't read it again, but I gotta admit, it made an impact. Quite enhanced the movie.
Review by Iudita
Lets face it - you have to be a certain personality to enjoy a book like this. Someone who pays attention to detail. I thought this book was fantastic. When you turn the last page, you really feel like you've accomplished something. Like you have just been on a big journey. This book is certainly an investment of your time and attention and it is very well worth it.
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