Moloka'i (Moloka'i #1)
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her... show more
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning. With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that "few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel's story" (mostlyfiction.com).
Publish date: 2004-10-04
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Moloka'i (#1)
This was a book we picked for book club. It has been suggested we read and discuss it for more than a year, and we've finally gotten around to it. I'm not a big reader of Historical Fiction, let alone a reader of Historical Fiction that doesn't revolve around a war. This might even be my first adu...
Given to me by a friend who has also visited to Kalaupapa, I started Moloka'i with hesitation. After visiting Kalaupapa, I'd heard from friends who work there that Brennert visited the settlement and was rather closed about his true motivations for interviewing the patients and staff of the peninsul...
Molokai is a wonderful example of how to write a great historical fiction novel. The author has taken a very difficult subject matter, leprosy, and given the reader a wonderful insight into the human aspects of being a leper. The story takes place in a leper colony founded by Father Damien. Kalau...
This story should have captivated me more than it did. For some reason I just couldn't get into it. I read and read, I gave it well over half the book to make me feel some pull to propel me to the end, but it just couldn't quite get there. The story centers around Rachel and her life as a leper in a...
A fantastic read, I could not put it down.