In the bestselling tradition of "In the Heart of the Sea" comes the untold history of America's only leper colony--which exists even today--and the extraordinary people forced to create a community under horrific circumstances. 30 photos.In the bestselling tradition of "In the Heart of the Sea" comes the untold history of America's only leper colony--which exists even today--and the extraordinary people forced to create a community under horrific circumstances. 30 photos.Read Less
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For anyone traveling to Molokai and especially to Kalapapa, this is a must read. You will learn a lot there, but this goes into depth about what the people went through. Read this before you go so you know exactly what you are seeing.
May 10, 2007
The dark and the light
The Colony is the well-written account of the dark and the light of human nature. Hansen's Disease (leprosy) is a classic symbol of all that sacrifices the human person to fear, isolation, and desperate suffering. The history of America's leper colony on Molokai draws us inside that experience, re-creating the persons and the natural setting of what is both reality and symbol. The disease is hard to contract, but the genetic predisposition on which it builds is endemic to the Hawaian peoples. This account sheds expert light on these discards of society and those who loved them enough to share and to rescue.
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