Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes

Audiobook CD - 2011
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From the bestselling author of "The Wordy Shipmates" comes an examination of Hawaii's emblematic and exceptional history, retracing the impact of New England missionaries who began arriving in the early 1800s to remake the island paradise into a version of New England.
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2011]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442337299
144233729X
Branch Call Number: CD NON-FICTION Vow, 7 disc
Characteristics: 7 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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dennispjohnson
Aug 14, 2017

Easy to enjoy and learn from even in short bursts from store to home.

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readinJC
Nov 11, 2016

I love her voice. She could read the dictionary and I would listen.

Not knowing anything about her, I had no expectations. She is very much like David Sedaris - cutting and witty. Loved the delivery of history and information about Hawaii about which I knew nothing. Never been there - but if I go I will look at it with a bit of knowledge.

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mexicanadiense
Mar 14, 2016

I enjoyed the eclectic voice cast, and since I've listened to Assassination Vacation previously I knew more or less what to expect this time around, but all told it wasn't quite as compelling a narrative for me.
Vowell's ability to weave archival materials around her own present-day observations is impressive, but it felt as though by venturing into the territory of an alien culture's first contact story with the West (and Americans in particular) she was a little out of her comfort zone, and not able to be as witty and erudite as when dealing with more "familiar fishes" like the Civil War, U.S. Expansion into the West, etc.

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TechWriter1
Jun 19, 2015

Quirky. Interesting.

JCLBarbG Jul 25, 2013

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

JCLBethanyT Jul 05, 2013

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.

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wauchor
Aug 25, 2012

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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