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In Paradise of the Pacific, Susanna Moore, the award-winning author of In the Cut and The Life of Objects, pieces together the elusive, dramatic story of late-18th-century Hawaii - its kings and queens, gods and goddesses, missionaries, migrants, and explorers - a not-so-distant time of abrupt transition in which an isolated pagan world of human sacrifice and strict taboo, without a currency or a written language, was confronted with the equally ritualized world of capitalism, Western education, and Christian values.
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By tmiq on 08-20-16
I enjoyed this book. It was fair, balanced and interesting in its approach. It didn't take a simplistic and judgmental view; rather, it was able to convey the strengths and weaknesses of all parties involved with Hawaii's past. It was a relaxing listen. Occasionally, I did slow the narration down which is something I rarely do, but it was helpful to more fully appreciate the pronunciation of Hawaiian words. If you looking for a broad overview containing significant events in Hawaii's history, this book does exactly that.
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