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Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport
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Jan 24, 2009

really liked it
read count: 2

I first read this one a few years ago for book club, and the biggest thing I remembered about it is that it made me want to go to Hawaii. The descriptions of the ocean views and paradise-like setting of the jungles, even in some not great times for the characters, were enough to make me want a vacation.

This last week, I did go on vacation. I spent a week on Maui, so I thought it would be appropriate to read this one again to set the tone. I read it on the (really long) plane ride.

There are some very dark parts to this story, as in any historical epic. It is a beautiful, yet tragic, saga that ties generations of a family together. The magical realism used by the author incorporates Hawaiian political history with the rich culture of ancient Hawaiian beliefs. I enjoyed the use of Hawaiian language, though I had to flip the glossery quite often to translate it. This is one I like enough to own.
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