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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
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Jun 17, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, fiction
Read in January, 2007

Great Story

This is a fictional account of life in a turn of the (20th) century leper colony. I had previously read "The Pearl Diver" by by Jeff Talarigo, another fictionalized version of the life of a 'leper' and was fascinated by it. So when my book club chose to read this book, I couldn't pass it up. It was riveting, and I learned a lot. Some I may have wished I hadn't. The ostracization of the victims was a shock to me. And yet....I can understand how fear caused their peers to react in that way. I think parallels can be drawn with the early days of AIDS, and probably other disease as well.
This book relates both ugly and beauty in human relationships. It is a book in which, like all good stories, you hate to tell the characters goodbye. Reading this book may change you and the characters will definitely haunt you for some time after you finish!
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