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A Queen's Journey

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An unfinished novel about Hawaii's last monarch

There are few more intriguing and captivating characters in the history of Hawaii than its last queen, Liliuokalani--the island monarch who could just as easily read Shakespeare as ''sit barefooted on a woven mat.'' Told with mesmerizing detail by master storyteller James D. Houston, A Queen's Journey captures the deep ambigu

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Paperback, 111 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Heyday Books
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Alice
Mar 31, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
I sincerely loved this book. Written by James Houston comes a historical fictional account of Hawaii's last queen. It is written from the perspective of the queens American journalist and former lover. Houston writes truly in the voice of the American journalist and the journalist's view of the voice of the queen. I do not know Hawaii culture but take security in that it writes unapologetically from the viewpoint of a white man in love with a queen and her people. Unfortunately now the writer is ...more
Larisa
Jan 24, 2013 Larisa rated it liked it
A quick primer on Hawaii-US relations that led up to annexation and eventually statehood, as well as a brief portrait of Hawaii's last queen. Engagingly narrated by a fictional (I believe) friend and assistant to the ousted queen during her sojourn to the US to appeal for her people's freedom. As the book was unfinished due to the author's death from cancer, I kind of wished there was a summary at the end of what happened next, historically speaking, but I guess that's just me being too lazy to ...more
Lawrence Coates
May 24, 2012 Lawrence Coates rated it really liked it
I was a student of Jim's, so it's hard to be objective about this book. I found it written with a sense of Aloha 'aina, a great love for the Hawaiian islands, and also a sense of the political situation of late nineteenth century America that would sweep Hawaii into America's grasp. The novel is unfinished, and will sadly remain so.
David
Apr 07, 2013 David rated it really liked it
This was a really charming book, I wish the author had lived to finish the planned other half. I read Queen Liliuokalani's book, "Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen" many years ago, and it made a big impression on me, it would have been interesting to read fiction written in her voice, which is what the author intended, but died before he could do. Now curious to read more work by this writer.
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James Houston is the author of 8 novels and several nonfiction books. His work includes Snow Mountain Passage and Farewell to Manzanar.
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