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ISBN: 0704344076 / ISBN-13: 9780704344075

Talking to the Dead

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

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  • Talking to the Dead (The Women's Press Ltd) – Paperback (1994)
    by Sylvia Watanabe

    Talking to the Dead
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    Paperback, The Women's Press Ltd
    1994
    English
    144 pages

    ISBN: 0704344076
    ISBN-13: 9780704344075

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

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rejoyce

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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