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Unfamiliar Fishes de Sarah Vowell
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Unfamiliar Fishes (edição: 2011)

de Sarah Vowell

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From the bestselling author of "The Wordy Shipmates" comes an examination of Hawaii's emblematic and exceptional history, retracing the impact of New England missionaries who began arriving in the early 1800s to remake the island paradise into a version of New England.
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Título:Unfamiliar Fishes
Autores:Sarah Vowell
Informação:Riverhead Hardcover (2011), Hardcover, 256 pages
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Unfamiliar Fishes de Sarah Vowell

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    Hawaii de James A. Michener (jellyfishjones)
    jellyfishjones: If your interest in Hawaiian history and culture was piqued by Unfamiliar Fishes, this classic of historical fiction will provide additional perspective.
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    Mowee: A History of Maui the Magic Isle de Cummins E. Speakman Jr. (Copperskye)
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I have to admit I listened to the last third of this book at triple speed, which oddly enough didn't make her voice sound any stranger. I enjoy her take on history, but I think I need to switch over to reading her books as opposed to listening - her celebrity casting doesn't really bring much extra to the experience, since the stars read such short snippets. Also I never seem to retain any of the information imparted in her books, although now I understand why you get rice AND macaroni salad as your two sides at the Hawaiian BBQ restaurant in town. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
This is a history of Hawaii from when Captain Cook first arrived there through its annexation. The author did a good job fitting a lot of information in a relatively short amount of pages. She also did a good job putting what was happening in Hawaii into context with what was going on in the United States in regards to the missionary movement and how Native Americans in the continental United States were treated. I only knew a little bit about Hawaii's history, so I definitely learned some new things. If you know more than a little about the islands, there might not be much new information for you here. Overall, I would recommend it to those of you who want to learn about the history of Hawaii in a relatively short and entertaining format. ( )
  Cora-R | Apr 23, 2021 |
Vowell's disjointed narrative might have been easier to follow if I knew something of the history of Hawaii but as it was I spent quite a bit of time trying to sort out who was who. A timeline or genealogy of Hawaiian monarchs & missionary families might have helped. Although I do enjoy her dry sense of humor. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
I enjoy Sarah Vowell’s mixture of well-researched history, travelogue and personal opinions. She always makes clear what is history and what is opinion, often through her use of sarcasm. More recently I have started listening to her books, which she narrates, and have found them even more enjoyable that way. Unfamiliar Fishes is the story of Hawaii achieving statehood or losing its independence as a kingdom, depending on how you look at it. Sarah Vowell makes a strong argument for the latter. Sarah often picks as her subjects some of the more unlaudable moments in US history. She does that again here, focusing on a moment when the US subjugated the desires of the native population to the country’s goals. While Unfamiliar Fishes was well-researched and I learned quite a bit, I found it tedious and a bit dull. Logically I knew what I should be feeling but unfortunately the writing just didn’t make me feel anything strongly. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
A history of Hawaii's "annexation" interspersed with Vowell's sometimes snarky commentary. Her delivery on audio is distinctive and, for me at least, adds to the enjoyment. She always leaves me wanting to know more about the subjects she writes about. ( )
  notalice | Mar 28, 2020 |
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It’s a fun book, which is reason enough to admire it. As a resident of Hawaii and a descendant of both natives and missionaries (I stem from Abner Wilcox, the “Connecticut-­born proselytizer” mentioned on Page 84), I’m probably not supposed to have a good time when contemplating the near-extinction of the native population. I’m not supposed to chuckle about the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani, or the corrupt and inept King Kalakaua, or the depraved (though technically legal) antics leading up to Hawaii’s annexation. Greed, death, cultural desecration, manifest destiny — what a lark! But with Vowell as tour guide it does, at times, manage to be just that.
adicionado por sduff222 | editarNew York Times, Kaui Hart Hemmings (Apr 1, 2011)
 
Freely admitting her own prejudices, Vowell gives contemporary relevance to the past as she weaves in, for instance, Obama's boyhood memories. Outrageous and wise-cracking, educational but never dry, this book is a thought-provoking and entertaining glimpse into the U.S.'s most unusual state and its unanticipated twists on the familiar story of Americanization.
adicionado por sduff222 | editarPublishers Weekly (Dec 20, 2010)
 

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