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Honolulu

9 Ratings: 2.8
A book by Alan Brennert

Product Description   From the bestselling author of the “dazzling historical saga” (The Washington Post), Moloka’i, comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in a ramshackle town that becomes a great modern … see full wiki

Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
7 reviews about Honolulu
review by . February 23, 2010
With the emphasis on historical. Alan Brennert's exhaustive research of the period and place is evident in every page, sometimes to the detriment of the flow of the story. But more often than not it serves to solidify the reader's sense of being in early 1900s Honolulu as a Korean mail-order bride. The character Jin is one you can't help but root for. She goes through so much yet her spirit remains strong and in the end she does create a good life for herself. Her journey is an interesting one and …
review by . September 28, 2009
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
   In 1897, a young Korean girl was born in the tiny village of Pojogae, and named "Regrettable" by her parents because she was just a girl and not a boy. Later shortened to Regret, she is raised in the old school ways of little Korean girls; no schooling and taught only how to be an obedient wife someday. Now 60 and renamed Jin, she tells of her life of growing up in Korea and making a daring move to Hawaii, wanting to better herself. At fifteen, her Aunt Obedience introduces …
review by . May 12, 2009
I loved Honolulu by Alan Brennert! Honolulu is just one of those books that sucks you in - with its story, characters, great writing - and compels you to read just one more chapter, even though it's already 2am.      Honolulu tells the story of Regret , the only girl born to a traditional Korean family. Wishing to learn, Regret approaches her father, only to be beat down and berated. As a last resort, Regret secretly offers herself up as a picture bride (equivalent of a mail-order …
review by . March 29, 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Young Korean girl named "Regret" seeks a better life   2. A matchmaker brokers a marriage for her through an exchange of photographs   3. She regrets it   4. ... but manages to adapt under very unusual circumstances.     This story is about the aforementioned young woman, who makes her own way in her new homeland of Hawaii, changing her name and her game, but never losing sight of her …
review by . March 15, 2009
Born in Korea in 1897, only daughter Regret learns from an early age what she can expect from life: servitude, enforced submission, and being "sold" to the highest bidder so she can move on to yet another household where the same existence will continue. Feeling certain there must be more to life than these grim prospects, Regret seeks an education and is aided in her quest by a kindly aunt. But a little education only makes Regret seek more, and when her father denies her any opportunity to become …
review by . February 25, 2009
Honolulu
    The author's larger-than-life treatment of Hawaii in the early 20th century focuses on the momentous decision of a Korean woman. Rather than face the limitations of a future in Korea, Regret takes her fate into her own hands, leaving the traditional values of her native country for a home an ocean away when she answers an advertisement for a picture bride. Accompanied by her best friend, Sunny, the two women disembark with two others who will reside in a plantation community …
review by . February 27, 2009
I loved Honolulu by Alan Brennert! Honolulu is just one of those books that sucks you in - with its story, characters, great writing - and compels you to read just one more chapter, even though it's already 2am.    Honolulu tells the story of Regret , the only girl born to a traditional Korean family. Wishing to learn, Regret approaches her father, only to be beat down and berated. As a last resort, Regret secretly offers herself up as a picture bride (equivalent of a mail-order …
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