Long and detailed, often too wordy, this book weaves together the varied threads of Hawaii's past. It's interesting and quasi-historical, but I found myself skimming past large chunks--political intrigue, family plotting, just too much information--that really weren't needed to tell the story.
I must confess that I have read this one before. It is a terrific book and reading it again is like going to see old friends. The first part (about the volcanic formation of the islands) can be skipped as it is of minor consequence to the rest of the book. An absolute treasure for any library.
Michener is a wonderful story teller. His writing style is very detailed with lively characters and settings spanning generations. This book kept me captivated from cover to cover. Thoroughly recommend reading for all historical fiction fans.
One of my favorite Michener books. The multi-generation and multi-cultural character of this wonderful novel is breath-taking. Historical fiction that the reader can become engrossed in to the point of being there....being there as the Polynesians set out on their longboats for "somewhere".
My wife was taking a vacation to Hawaii and was looking forward to reading this historical novel. She could not finish it, as it was so foul. We did not even want to repost it and have someone else go through this disappointing experience, so we just threw it away.