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WHY I BOUGHT THE BOOK HAWAII BY JAMES MICHENER
I FIRST BOUGHT AND READ THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN YEARS OLD, 45 YEARS AGO. EVEN THOUGH IT IS A NOVEL IT HAS A LOT OF TRUE HISTORY ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND AND THEIR CULTURE. WE WENT TO HAWAII, THE ISLAND OF KONA, THE LARGEST, LAST SEPTEMBER (2007) AND I WISHED THAT I HAD READ THE BOOK MORE RECENTLY. WELL, WE HAVE A TRIP SCHEDULED TO MAUI THIS DECEMBER (2008) AND I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO FIND THIS BOOK ON HALF COM FOR $1.75. I HAD LOOKED IN BORDERS BOOK STORE EARLIER AND THE PAPERBACK EDITION WAS $17.00, SO THOUGHT I'D LOOK ON EBAY BEFORE PURCHASING. THE BOOK I RECEIVED IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND CAN SURELY BE HANDED DOWN TO SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY WHO IS INTERESTED. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASE AND WILL CONTINUE TO SEARCH HALFCOM FOR BOOKS AND MUSIC, WHICH I HAVE ALSO PURCHASED ON HALFCOM, WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS. HALFCOM IS A GREAT PLACE TO PURCHASE CD'S AND BOOKS WHICH ARE NO LONGER FOR SALE IN THE STORES, AND SOLD A VERY GOOD PRICES.Read full review
Hawaii, a must read for everyone.
Growing up I was a typical male child of the 50's. I played sports, was into cars and drag racing, and enjoyed rock music. The one thing I didn't do was read. I was dating a girl in the 9th grade who was carrying around this huge book with her everywhwere she went. One day I asked her about the book and she handed it to me. It was Hawaii, by some guy named James Michener, who I had never heard of in my life. I looked the book over and asked her what class it was for. She told me it was just 'fun reading'. I had never heard the expression and thought it an odd pairing of words kind of like army intelligence, government worker, and jumbo shrimp. She told me I was missing an entire world of enjoyment. I told her I see it it came to the movies. When she finished the book she gave it to me and dared me to read the first 100 pages, which I did. I have no idea what happened to the girl, but I know the book made a big, big impression on me. I laughed. I cried. I even enjoyed myself. The worst was the day I read the last page. It had been many years since I'd thought of Hawaii. Years ago, I read all of Michener's books, but Hawaii is still my favorite. I saw it the other day on EBay, so I bid and got it. I am on page 101 and loving it all over again. I plan to give it to my 26 year old daughter when I am finished. Read the first 100 pages, I dare you. GaryRead full review
I bought this because when I was in Hawaii I went to the palace museum and heard about how the US raped this tiny island and put their Christian Queen in prison just because we wanted Pearl Harbor. This book is hard to read at the beginning because of much speculation as to how and when the islands were formed, but I am wading through it. Also it it too long and I don't know how long it will take me to read, but all of Michener's books are long (over 1,000 pages).
Beautifully written book!
This is a wonderful book that brings to life, from the moment that the islands emerged from the ocean, a beautiful but complex part of the United States. I think it is Michener's best book.
This was a present for my husband he has the series so he is the one that could give you more feedback. But he was very happy.