Novels about Hawaii
More new book updates. Since I am going to Hawaii. I recently read two Hawaii related novels. James Mitchner's Hawaii and From Here to Eternity. They were both terrific. I have noticed a trend with Mitchner. His novels are actually four or five separate books in chronological order. I can tell he taught history. What a great way to learn about an area before visiting. The movie was not as good as the book. Next in line was From Here to Eternity. It was handy to read since it was on my list of librarian's books of the 20th Century (so I could check it off) and it was set in Hawaii. This too was an excellent read but less about Hawaii and Pearl Harbor than I hoped. It was more about military life which ordinarily would be a snoozer for me, but it was NOT! What an excellent book. Did he win the Pulitzer for that? He should have. That's all for now. I am off to read Winesburg Ohio, also on my lib. list.
8/12/2011 11:03:48 am
I have heard that James Mitchner's novels just fade out in the end---no exciting climax---that true?
Very true about Mitchner. He is obviously an historical novelist. He loves the history, hates the present day. Mitchner is terrific when he writes about the past but fades when the book comes into the present day. You are probably right about From Here to Eternity not winning and The Caine Mutiny grabbing the prize. Caine Mutiny is another one for me to read and by the by, they were both GREAT movies.
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