Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
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).
I can't even begin to figure out how to describe this novel. Before I even try to do that, I want to thank my cousin in San Francisco, Tiffany, for reading this book. If I hadn't noticed her reading it and asked her about it, I wouldn't have even known about this book! So thanks *cuzzin*!
The first word I think of when trying to tell you about Moloka'i is...Epic. This is a novel of just about everything you can think of that can happen in someone's life. This novel is fiction but read like a memoir you don't want to put down.
I loved Rachel...I experienced every single situation with her - her ordeal of being taken away from the only family she had ever known, her fears, her delights, the ocean, the relationships, the people she encounters. I don't want to give one ounce of this book away because I want you to read it. Read it now!
Mind you, there were times I just wanted to put it down because it got a little too descriptive in parts, but all in all, I enjoyed it. I *just* finished reading it, laughing with it, crying with it....so the writing is very very fresh and vibrant in my thoughts. And that, people, is exactly what I like to get out of a novel. "It stays with me..."
I'm a little overwhelmed with how I felt about this novel and am pretty much - very - sure I will continue to read Brennert's novels about Hawaii...
Will you enjoy this?
I do truly hope so...because wouldn't it be just awful if this review wasn't completely truthful?
And that's one thing about me...
When it comes to books - I *always* tell the truth!
~ Nay ~
Rating: 8 out of 10
Reason: I don't know...but that's the number that comes to my brain...maybe because it's a little long for most people.