Monday, July 29, 2013


You know how some books touch your soul a little bit?  Well, this book is one of those.  Moloka'i essentially follows the history of a small section of the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i becoming a leprous colony.  Alan Brennert weaves this historical fiction narrative through the life of Rachel Kalama.  In the beginning of the book, Rachel is a seven-year-old girl whose dreams and future are stolen away by a small rose-colored mark on the back of her leg.  Rachel is separated from her family and carted off to Moloka'i to live with other lepers forever.  This is, basically, a death sentence. 

I loved this book from beginning until end.  I loved Rachel and her resiliency, but her situation broke my heart at times.  I would highly, highly, highly recommend this one.  In fact, I had to run out and buy a copy just so that I could own it and reread it again at my leisure.

I may have mentioned before that David and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon.  One of the things we did was snorkling near Lana'i, which is a hop, skip and a jump from Moloka'i.  And David reminded me how, at the time, the leaders of our cruise expedition mentioned that it was an old leprous colony.  It's crazy to think that I saw this island and didn't think much of it then.  Now...all I can think is: wow. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad it touched your heart as much as it did mine. I love that you bought yourself a copy too.



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