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Unfamiliar Fishes

Vowell, Sarah

(Audiobook CD - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Unfamiliar Fishes
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Vowell examines the intriguing history of America's 50th state, beginning with the clash between New England missionaries and Hawaii's laid-back natives of the early 1800s.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781449847944
1449847943
Branch Call Number: CD- 996.9 V974u
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (7 hr., 45 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in

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Vowell examines the intriguing history of America's 50th state, beginning with the clash between New England missionaries and Hawaii's laid-back natives of the early 1800s.


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Jul 25, 2013
  • JCLBarbG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This may not be my favorite of Sarah Vowell's, however, anything that she reads out loud makes it worthwhile.

Jul 05, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I actually felt this to be a pretty even-handed look at the always painful subject of American subsuming of native peoples, cultures and lands. Hawaii is an excellent example of manifest destiny and its pros (a written language for the natives, a literacy explosion, access to Western goods and services) and its inevitable cons (exposure to infectious diseases, co-opting of Hawai'ian land and government, the near disappearance of cultural traditions and religion.) Funny, informative and clever.

Aug 25, 2012
  • wauchor rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

not as good as her other books - lots of resentment against the whites that "invaded" hawaii
most of her humor in this book is at someone's expense that she does not agree with. Not everyone feels that way.

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