Title: A Map of Paradise: A Novel of ...
Publisher: Bantam Books, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1997
Edition: First Ed thus; First Printing indicated.
First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the slightest tanning to the text pages; else flawless. Binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 402pp. Glossaries of Hawaiian and Cantonese terms. Trade Paperback. This fascinating novel is distinguished by its descriptive storytelling and its detailed historical content on the Hawaiian kingdom and the settling of immigrants there in the late 1800s. It may not be a complete history, but enough to get a sense of the turmoil and hardship of the times. This historical novel describes the arrival of the Chinese as laborers for the sugar plantations in Hawaii in the mid 1800s, and of their gradual integration into the island economy as farmers, traders, and businessmen. The novel tells of the exhaustive work in forming a Chinatown community out of the two warring groups of Chinese - the Punti and Hakka clans. The book also details the history of the Hawaiian kingdom and the dying off of important members of its royal family in the latter part of the 19th century, giving way to increasing American and British influence and control of the islands. The Chinese immigrant Pao An worked shoring up levees in California before joining his wife Rulan and their daughter in Hawaii, a land they called the Blessed Isles. There they built a life for themselves and formed a community with other immigrants. The core of the novel are the love stories of Pao An and his wife Rulan, of their daughter Molly and the half-Hawaiian poet she lived with and loved, and of the quiet boy Lin Kong, whom Molly had spurned since childhood. Bookseller Inventory # 41796
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