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Moloka'i By Alan Brennert Moloka i This richly imagined novel set in Hawai i 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 Kala

  • Title: Moloka'i
  • Author: Alan Brennert
  • ISBN: 9780312304355
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moloka'i By Alan Brennert This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai i 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,This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai i 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.
    Moloka'i By Alan Brennert

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    1. Lisa Vegan on said:

      Reading this book contained and gave me absolutely everything I love about reading It encompasses everything I love about the reading process I loved it so much I know I won t be able to write a coherent or worthy review there s no way for me to do this story justice, except to recommend it to many, many people I know, something I ve already started to do.Not only couldn t I conceive of not giving it 5 stars, it also easily made my favorites shelf.It s an outstanding book Anything accurate I say [...]

    2. Hannah on said:

      Disappointing.Underwhelming.Squandered potential.Lacks soul.These are a few of the things that immediately sprang to mind after finishing Molika i After reading several 2 star reviews here on by gifted reviewers then myself, I really can t add much without becoming repetitive.Suffice it to say, this book had so much potential So much possibility And although a vast majority of readers thought it met and exceeded those parameters, for me it fell flat.I wanted my soul to be moved while reading t [...]

    3. Juliana on said:

      One of my favorite books, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, delves into the crazy idea that people don t have to be miserable when the world around them is Moloka i is another such book The message life isn t over until it s over.Separated from everything dear to her, the heroine of this book, Rachel, learns at a young age that life can still provide her with simple joys and profound fulfillment And though she spends many moments peeking into the abyss of despair, she also spends moments rescuing [...]

    4. James on said:

      Alan Brennert s Moloka i is a beautifully written and moving tale of a young girl s interaction with a leprosy colony throughout her life time The impacts on her life as she grows older are tremendous and she loses friends and family around her fighting her own battles to survive.The story and characters will tug at your heartstrings and push you into thinking about your own life and the good you have in it If you re able to hear someone else s plight to survive, and you can empathize with such [...]

    5. Richard Derus on said:

      Rating 3.75 of fiveThe Publisher Says Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka i.In her exile she finds a family of friends to replace t [...]

    6. Dem on said:

      Moloka i is a book that sums up for me why I love historical fiction I need to learn something with each book that I read and and I love my history to read like fiction and with Moloka i you get all these wonderful elements and I really enjoyed this novel and I had thought from reading the blurb that this was going to be a depressing read and but Alan Brennert has a way of telling a story and getting the point across without dragging the Novel down and making it depressing I loved the way Brenn [...]

    7. Elyse on said:

      Update I never wrote a full review of this book I read it before I joined Its still a favorite If you ve never read about the ways the community reacted to leprosy during its day this book gives you the experience pretty sad A young girl is removed from her family sent to the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka We meet many vibrant characters on the island and watch Rachel grow up I laughed and cried This story has stayed with me for approx 13 years Wonderful scenes surf board [...]

    8. Lance Greenfield on said:

      All because of fearUnfounded fear, unbounded love, exile, cruelty, death, suffering, prejudice and, most of all, sacrifice It is all there, in this beautiful story.There is already enough description of the actual story on the fly leaf and all of the other reviews, but this is a wonderful book It is well researched, and clearly based on fact If any aspiring writer wants a lesson in character development, they need look no further than Moloka i There are so many prominent characters in this book [...]

    9. Poonam on said:

      4.5 starsThis story was an eye opener It deals with the topic of Leprosy also known as Hansen s diseaseFrankly speaking I never thought much about Leprosy and ashamed to say neither did I know much about this disease The only thing that came to mind when hearing the word Leprosy is distorted featuresThis story is based in the late 19th century when Leprosy was a major disease and there was no known cure for the same This is a fictional story of a Leprosy patient based on true historical events T [...]

    10. Wendy on said:

      I nominated and re read this novel for book club and was thrilled when our members felt the same way about this story as I did.I have yet to come across an author who not only writes heart breaking yet heart warming stories but also the beautifully artistic way he depicts the beauty that is the Hawaiian islands.Rachel, the narrator, is one of the strongest characters I ve had the pleasure to live through twice Her story is powerful and one that has stayed with me for seven years thus far.I could [...]

    11. Melki on said:

      This is an ambitious novel that covers many tumultuous and eventful decades of history.It should also be subtitled When Every Bad Thing Happens to One Person.You don t expect a novel about a leper colony to be the feel good read of the year, but gee willikersI was reminded of the moment in films when one character says It can t get any worse than this and immediately it starts pouring Having leprosy and being snatched away from loved ones is not BRUTAL ENOUGH Being exiled and forced to live in a [...]

    12. Camie on said:

      God doesn t give anyone leprosy He gives us, if we choose to use it, the spirit to live with leprosy, and with the imminence of death Because it is in our own mortality that we are most divine Anyone who knows my families health history will know why this book spoke to me There s nothing like a heaping helping of illness to change ones perspective on life Rachel is just seven years old when she is taken from her family and banished to the island Moloka i having been found to have Leprosy This is [...]

    13. Karen on said:

      All I can say is that this book broke my heart Over and over again.It reminded me of my response to the book The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, as it shed light on a time and place in history in which I was very ignorant In the course of reading The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I learned something about the Internment of Japanese Americans in Seattle area during WWII In the case of Moloka i, I learned much about the leper colony on this small island of Hawaii in the late 19 [...]

    14. Erin on said:

      I was watching a high speed car chase on television yesterday and something ACTUALLY HAPPENED This is amazing, because Los Angeles probably generates about 3 high speed car chases a week and they are all INCREDIBLY BORING This is because there is approximately 2353459845 miles of high way in Los Angeles and all of it is full of cars, all the time, making the general highest speed for a high speed car chase about, ohhhhh 20 mph I guess that technically means there s actually about 2353459845 mile [...]

    15. Britany on said:

      What a heartbreaking story one that always seemed to seep desolation and loneliness I was prepared to be emotionally invested and from one tragic event to the next I didn t full lose it until the very end view spoiler When Sarah opens her door and embraces Rachel I completely bawled my eyeballs out hide spoiler Rachel, the narrator is one of the strongest characters I ve had the pleasure to live through She is shipped to Moloka i at 7 years old because she tested positive to Leprosy Forced to le [...]

    16. Manju on said:

      Moloka i is tale of Rachel She was diagnosed with Leprosy at an early age As was the tradition, she had to leave her family and go to a far away place called Moloka i Severed from loved ones, initial days at Moloka i were very tough for her Only consolation was the presence of her uncle Pono at the Island But soon Rachel comes to terms with her new life at this new place She made friends, found love and solace but also went through the pain of losing and giving up loved ones for their own safety [...]

    17. Jasika on said:

      Surely the worst book of which I have ever read half I kept thinking, No self proclaimed best seller can be THIS bad s got to get better, its GOT to get BETTER But it didn t I picked it up at the book store after visiting Lana i, Hawaii for the first time and becoming enraptured by the culture and the land there, and fascinated by what the people must have been like pre colonialism From page one I knew there was little hope for this historical fiction book to be better than trite, but even worse [...]

    18. Chrissie on said:

      NO SPOILERS I want to make it very clear those of you who are looking for a book of historical fiction on life in Hawaii, look no further this is your book Do not make the mistake I made by first trying Shark Dialogues I could not complete Shark Dialogues Moloka i will teach you about life in Hawai through the 1900s It will teach you about leprosy, today called Hansen s Disease I thought I knew quite a bit about this disease This book proved me wrong I learned so much This book brings the horror [...]

    19. Connie on said:

      In 1891, Rachel Kalama shows the first signs of leprosy as a seven year old She is quarantined by the Inspector of Health and banished to the Hawaiian island of Molola i This is the story of her life, historical fiction based upon the actual settlement of lepers at Kalaupapa.The story shows the horror of the infected person being ripped from a family, and the shame that was brought on the family that remained behind Devoted nuns and brothers selflessly cared for the children of Kalaupapa, trying [...]

    20. Warwick on said:

      By the numbers exotic historical fiction about the leper colony on the Hawaiian island of Moloka i at the end of the nineteenth century The language is an ungainly mixture of anachronistic modernisms she gave him the stink eye , boring clich s harsh glare , warm glow , and metaphorical flourishes that fall flat Dorothy felt something wet fall on her leg, unexpected as a drop of rain on a sunny day Brennert is a veteran screenwriter for shows like L.A Law, and much of the dialogue here performs t [...]

    21. Kathy on said:

      There s nothing quite like finishing a book and knowing that you now have a favorite to add to your list of favorite reads While the story was as compelling a one as I ve read, it was a learning novel for me, too The absorption of Hawaii by the United States, the disease of leprosy or Hansen s disease, the leper colony of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai heck, the island itself , the island of Maui, early aviation All of these subjects and were presented in an amazing story by Brennert, whose [...]

    22. Emma on said:

      The author himself says at the end that this was really a fictionalised biography than a fictional novel This made sense to me because it read like a biography but I thought maybe it hadn t been deliberate, which just made it poor writing However the author wanted to give full respect and acknowledgement to the people whose lives this book was based upon and for this I respect the author .It is clear he loves Hawaii.I found this book quite slow with a lot of information dumping I found out a lo [...]

    23. Jane on said:

      Where I got the book my local library A Effect book, meaning that I read it because I d seen it talked about on GR.Sigh Verdict if you want the short version a brilliantly conceived and well researched novel that misses the mark in its execution.Long version I was excited about this book The premise was a premise of promise a little Hawaiian girl is exiled to the leper colony of Moloka i, torn from her family by the dread disease She is befriended by a nun, who struggles with her own past and tr [...]

    24. Thomas on said:

      What is leprosy Before I read this book, my answer would ve been a disease From watching Drake and Josh I could ve assumed that it had to do with a person s skin Now, after reading Moloka i, I would say the same thing it is a disease, after all but I might add that this is a disease that tests the strength of the human spirit, just as it did with Rachel Kalama.After a rose colored mark indicating leprosy appears on her skin, seven year old Rachel is taken from her family to a quarantined leprosy [...]

    25. Syl on said:

      A very heart rending book on Hawaiian leprosy sufferers of the late nineteenth century and twentieth century, told from the view point of Rachel, a hapless 6 year old who contracted the disease from her uncle and was brutally separated from her family to be incarcerated in a leprosy asylum on the island of Molokai for decades.This story highlights the courage and resilience of human beings in the wake of misery, suffering and hopelessness.I also came to encounter Father Damien vicariously and ca [...]

    26. Elizabeth Weltin on said:

      I had high hopes for this book Living in a Polynesia I was excited to learn about what Hawaii was really like before it was a 1000 or less vacation, especially the aspect of the leper colony on Molokai.Unfortunately, the writing was very flat The author is a LA screenwriter and you could tell This would have been better if written by a Hawaiian I think Someone who knows what it feels like to live in the tropics day in, day out I was also disappointed by the story of the leper colony It just see [...]

    27. Emily May on said:

      I love it when historical fiction manages to be both informative about a time and place I knew nothing about, and emotionally crushing Oh, okay, that may be a bit dramatic it s not that much of a depressing book But still, Rachel s story made me cry

    28. Ace on said:

      I don t need to reiterate how great this book is, there are many many 5 star ratings here on GR I m glad I finally got around to reading this sad story but I listened to this on Audible and I disliked the narrators reading style, but it wasn t so annoying that couldn t finish the book The way in which the story is told sometimes seemed to switch to non fiction mode and then back again into the Rachel s story I wasn t sure what was bothering me about it until I worked this out I like my fiction t [...]

    29. Jessica on said:

      Honolulu, Hawaii 1890 Rachel is seven years old She lives with her mother, father, sister and two brothers She goes to school She plays jokes on her sister She watches her mother in the kitchen She lives just like any typical seven year old Until the day she is arrested for leprosy She is taken into custody and sent to Moloka i, an island where lepers are quarantined, in order to keep the rest of the world safe The general assumption is that people go to Moloka i to die But, as Rachel soon disco [...]

    30. Anthony on said:

      I really wanted to like this book As the story progressed events became and labored and contrived The main character Rachel did not seem to grow up in a believable way and continued to behave as a child might I don t mind a bleak book but all the tragic events in Rachel s life were telegraphed to the reader well in advance This book does excel in terms of describing Hawaiian history and appears to have been well researched.

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