Paradise of the Pacific

Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore

  • Published: Sep 02, 2020

The dramatic history of America's tropical paradise The history of Hawaii may be said to be the story of arrivalsfrom the eruption of volcanoes on the ocean floor 18,000 feet below, the first hardy seeds that over millennia found their way to the... read more

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Details of Paradise of the Pacific

Exact title of the book
Paradise of the Pacific
Book author
Susanna Moore
ISBN
9781429944960
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Sep 01, 2015
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
3168 kB

Some brief overview of book

The dramatic history of America's tropical paradise The history of Hawaii may be said to be the story of arrivalsfrom the eruption of volcanoes on the ocean floor 18,000 feet below, the first hardy seeds that over millennia found their way to the islands, and the confused birds blown from their migratory routes, to the early Polynesian adventurers who sailed across the Pacific in double canoes, the Spanish galleons en route to the Philippines, and the British navigators in search of a Northwest Passage, soon followed by pious Protestant missionaries, shipwrecked sailors, and rowdy Irish poachers escaped from Botany Bayall wanderers washed ashore, sometimes by accident. This is true of many cultures, but in Hawaii, no one seems to have left. And in Hawaii, a set of myths accompanied each of these migrantslegends that shape our understanding of this mysterious place.

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-eighteenth-century Hawaiiits kings and queens, gods and goddesses, missionaries, migrants, and explorersa 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.

About author

Moore is the author of the novels The Life of Objects, The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut, Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and two books of nonfiction, Light Years A Girlhood in Hawai'i and I Myself Have Seen It The Myth of Hawai'i. She is from Hawaii.

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