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by Linda Spalding

Jesse Quill finds herself grappling with her husband's infidelity and the sanctity of one of the world's greatest taboos when they move to the Hawaiian island of Oahu to reclaim an inherited ancestral estate
Download Daughters of Captain Cook epub
ISBN: 0880015519
ISBN13: 978-0880015516
Category: Literature
Author: Linda Spalding
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco Pr; 1st Ecco ed edition (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 217 pages
ePUB size: 1157 kb
FB2 size: 1549 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 689
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Ironically, I obtained this book thinking it was a historical account of Captain Cook's progeny, based on a hastily-read (although positive) review of it in Outside magazine. However, despite not being a fan of contemporary fiction, I was immediately swept up in the deliciously woven prose: contemplative, evocative, personal, and mysterious. Its imagery entranced and lulled (but not bored!) me in its depiction of a Hawaii both exotic and yet accessible, while the seedy underbelly of its mystical and tragic plot slowly and deliberately unfolded. Although it seems incogruous for a gothic novel to be set in a tropical paradise, Daughters of Captain Cook is a compelling, nearly seamless read.
I was drawn to this book by the lyrical quality of the words and also because it was set in Hawaii. Hawaii intrigues me and I absorb stories about things Hawaiian like a sponge.
On the surface the story is simple. A Kansas-bred woman and her Caucasian Hawaiin-born husband return to live in Hawaii with their child. His native Hawaiian half-sister has inherited the family estate and her 14-year old daughter begin a relationship that is rooted in the ancient incest culture of Hawaii. The story is both a mythical allegory as well as a heart retching journey through the wife's pain. It ends tragically.
I was swept up in the beauty of the words and a story well told.
Daughters of Captain Cook is an enduring addition to the tradition of The Great American novel. Spalding's considerable descriptive gifts set the novel in a darkly exotic Hawaiian island where her vivid characters struggle to manage the tensions of marriage, sibling rivalry, sexual jealousy and loss. Hawaiian history and bizarre royal customs clarify and complicate the plot as it unfolds inexorably before us. This is one of those precious books that repays close reading at the sentence level, but which sweeps you up in its powerful narrative at the same time. Once begun it's hard to put down.
This book tries to pass itself off as an examination of the culture and heritage of the Hawaiian people and instead uses gratuitous sex and abuse of power as the example of cultural relationships. And, the plot is NOT furthered through this method. It evokes no sympathy for ANY character. There is nothing to be gained by reading this book, and if I could have entered this review without choosing using the star system, that certainly would have been the case.