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ISBN: 0385418876 / ISBN-13: 9780385418874

Talking to the Dead


Recalls village life in Hawaii before the onset of tourism and development.

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  • Talking to the Dead (Doubleday Books) – Hardcover (1992)
    by Sylvia Watanabe

    Talking to the Dead

    Hardcover, Doubleday Books
    127 pages

    ISBN: 0385418876
    ISBN-13: 9780385418874

    An exciting new Asian-American writing talent takes her place among today's most acclaimed literary voices with this honest and moving collection of interrelated stories. The stories, spoken in a true host of voices, are savvy guides to a world at once ancient and modern and covering a range of themes from betrayal to madness to racism to failed beliefs.

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Hawaiian Magic Realism

by rejoyce on Sep 2, 2007

In Talking to the Dead, Sylvia Watanabe works her own brand of magic realism deftly, evocatively, and effectively. The author is an impressionist of light and color, with a fine-tuned ability to reveal the emotional nuances between characters, and a quiet sense of wonder. Set in Hawaii, the interrelated stories are humorous, poignant, and mysterious, frequently delineating the wrenching pulls and stresses of family ties; idle infidelities, hurtful memories, unspoken resentments; the ache of irrevocable loss, and the necessity to honor the past. They often turn on the conflict between hard-headed realists and beautiful dreamers, between those who leave behind Hawaii and the old ways, and those who remain and carry them on. Watanabe's Hawaii is populated with delightful eccentrics like the Laundry Burglar, Minerva, the "Orient's Fred Astaire," Aunty Talking to the Dead, who "understood the wholeness of things," and by ancestral spirits. Talking to the Dead is a work of magic, of subtle, profound feeling, and of loving fidelity to a besieged way of life.

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