Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Book # 23 - Honolulu

Alan Brennert
Audiorecording - 14 CD's

A young Korean girl named Regret sought a new future by traveling to Hawaii as a picture bride. She found out that the streets of Hawaii were not paved with gold as she had heard it described back home. In Hawaii, she lived a hard life on the plantation with her husband Mr. Noh, and eventually suffers at his brutal hands. She ran away, taking the train to Honolulu, where the train took her farthest from her husband. There, she forges a new life and a new identity as Jin. She eventually finds love, and a renewed friendship with her fellow picture brides.

This is a colorful and wonderful story. Alan Brennert is a master of telling stories about people overcoming the most dire circumstances of life.

The story rambled a little bit, at some point diverting from Jin's life to the history of discrimation of native Hawaiians by the white people who have claimed the land as their own.

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