Letters from Hawaii
The Huck Finn of foreign correspondents provides a colorful account of old Honolulu, the island nobility, the City of Refuge on the Kona coast, and the active volcano of Kilauea. These selections of Mark Twain's newspaper dispatches are both charming and informative. The light touch of the great humorist is seldom missing as he reveals the "loveliest fleet of islands that...more
I hate the Manifest Destiny movement, thinking one culture is "destined" to inherit the earth. The empire-buildi ...more
Mark Twain's voyage -- says the introduction -- was paid for by one of the San Francisco newspapers, and ...more
He shares some views which (surprise, surprise) we find politically incorrect today about native Hawaiian culture, such as saying the revival of certain lost traditions was backward and ruinous.
Personally, I would rather hear challenging opinions from a knowledgeable person than knee-jerk, politically-correct pronouncements from an ignoramus.
The account of the sailors who survived over 40 days at sea in lifeboats and landed on one o ...more
Pure Twain enthusiast will like it, as will those of ...more
There are some great sentences, and the explanation of The Sandwich Islands' economy of the time is also illuminating. But I was hoping for more on the islands' history, in particular more on their ore-European history. Perhaps not much was known of that when Twain was writing. He also seemed to have comparatively little interaction with local people, of any ethnicity. I didnt find it very easy to get captivated by and was left feeling like I'd had a meager supper....
It's a book best read in bits and pieces as the visual descriptions and narrative are broken up with patches of historical fact. While not exactly relevant in the modern world, hearing about agriculture and economics is interesting in its own right.
steam ship traveling from San Fran to Honolulu, Hawaii. A young Mark Twain traveled to Hawaii and shared his
observations about the islands, the missionaries, sea disaster, the kings, the whaling industry.
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work ...more