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A Map of Paradise

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
With its green cliffs and silvery waterfalls, Hawaii offers radiant hope to Rulan and Pao An—exiles from Chinese tyranny, immigrants with the will to succeed despite hardship and prejudice and enemies from their homeland. But this proud couple’s hardest struggle will be with their own child—Mulan, called Molly.

Born in Hawaii’s sacred hills, Molly grows to despise the old C
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Bantam
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Aug 03, 2012 Ming rated it it was ok
A story primarily about Chinese immigrants in Hawaii. There's short section on Chinese immigrants in California. The history of both are interesting. I won't recount the book's storyline. The writing is competent and solid. And it certainly tells the immigrant story and that part of Hawaii's history in an engaging way. Yet...there was something missing... a certain depth in its characters, a certain compelling movement that drove us to turn the page, a certain tone reflecting nuance as well as ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Harvee rated it it was amazing
A wonderful love story and historical novel set in Hawaii in the 19th Century. It tells the story of the settling of new immigrants from China, of the old Hawaiian kingdom and the rise of Western influence in the islands. It's also about the new Hawaii - a mixture of Hawaiians, part-Hawaiians, and immigrants.
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