Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i

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Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i ➳ [Reading] ➶ Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i By Garrett Hongo ➩ – Polishdarling.co.uk Part memoir, part Japanese American family chronicle, part luminous work of natural history, Volcano tells what happened when Hongo returned to his birthplace in Hawai i, as a young man, to reclaim it Part memoir, part Japanese American family Memoir of Kindle × chronicle, part luminous work of natural history, Volcano tells what happened when Hongo returned to his birthplace in Hawai i, as a young man, to reclaim its dreamlike landscape and Volcano: A PDF/EPUB ² his own elusive past A magnificant evocation of heritage and place.

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i
  • Garrett Hongo
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 9780679767480

10 thoughts on “Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i

  1. Kara Kara says:

    I stumbled across this book by accident, while I was browsing the nonfiction section about Hawaii in the library I was immediately intrigued by this book s combination of poetic language, natural and familial history, and focus on place and trying to find your place, both in the physical world and your family lineage Hongo touches on many themes that resonate with me a lot personally lack of knowledge about family history, feeling culturally unmoored from your surrounding communities, and not knowing where you are from, both physically and metaphorically speaking Hongo s detailed descriptions of the world around him are lovely, and well suited to Hawaii s lush landscape However, sometimes he focuses on description at the expense of an overarching plot, and there s really no uniting narrative arc to this book beyond its broad investigation of Hongo s familial and personal history This memoir is episodic and impressionistic in many ways I suppose that s the poet in Hongo coming out and while it makes for beautiful language, I understand why some reviewers struggled to get into the narrative, or rather lack thereof.

  2. Bill Bill says:

    Garrett Hongo is a brilliant poet, musician, and teacher Volcano reflects a short portion of his life he and his young family live near the store run by his family years before, giving him the opportunity to record family life in Hawai i, Japan, and on the mainland, revealing his history and the history of the volcanic island he calls home Magma and ferns are characters in this story, as well as ancient relatives and stories, poems, reflections, memories An enchanting book, one that moves the reader through time and space as they intersect and change.

  3. Marleen Marleen says:

    A poet writes about returning to his birthplace in Volcano He tries to make sense of his past and his culture and at the same time we learn about the misty, tropical flora, fauna and landscape of his home.

  4. Rodney Rauch Rodney Rauch says:

    A melancholy, mesmerizing, poetic read Engrossing and encompassing There s magic in here.

  5. Kate Kate says:

    From Mary Karr s list in Art of Memoir

  6. Iany Kelly Iany Kelly says:

    I liked this book is amazing

  7. Dawn Garlich Dawn Garlich says:

    Volcano is a seemingly idyllic burg at the crest of Kilauea Crater on the outskirts of Hawai i Volcanoes National Park Nestled in the rainforest, it often reminds me of the play, Brigadoon, where the inhabitants are seemingly untouched by time and fade in and out of existence There is great resistance in the community to leave everything as is, although visitors and many townspeople want to modernize Hongo s book gives me insight of this place I now call home I would recommend this book to all new Volcano residents It will endear you all the to this area It is hard for me to gauge if those unfamiliar with Volcano will appreciate all Hongo presents.Two things I note are incorrect One is that he assumes what is now Kilauea Lodge was originally owned by a wealthy family with its circular drive I believe Kilauea Lodge was originally a YMCA camp The other item is that he calls the highly invasive faya tree fire tree , which I believe is an easy mistake The joke is a park film about invasives is that the faya tree is on fire faya.Beyond Volcano, I enjoyed the multi generational life experiences Hongo shared with the reader.

  8. Gary Gary says:

    This is the perfect book to read if you re in or around the village of Volcano, Hawaii And I am not being facetious I took this book with me on a trip to the Islands, knowing I would be staying about 20 miles from Volcano The author immerses you in the environment, and you can certainly appreciate his descriptions much if you have some familiarity with the environment yourself, its ecology and dynamic geology.That being said, what makes this book much interesting than a simple guidebook or textbook is that it s actually the story of a family, of the author trying to reconnect with his ancestral roots as a Japanese American born in Hawaii As such, there is also much humanity here And as a poet, Garrett Hongo is able to tie family, ecology, geology, and identity all together.It s a journey and the last words are beautiful.

  9. Gerald Kinro Gerald Kinro says:

    Volcano, a community adjacent to the Kilauea caldera, the location of The United States only tropical rainforest, is the inspiration for Hongo s remarkable work Part memoir, part family chronicle he writes of this locale The Hongo family has been a part of this community since the early 20th century While family members may become detached, they have this area to bond them This is a successful transition for Hongo from poetry to prose His use of language is rich as he describes they beauty of the volcano rainforest The volcano chuffs and ferns frondle His characters and their anecdotes are memorable, especially is grandfather brothel operator and owner of the Hongo Store Yes, this is a great read.

  10. G G says:

    Wonderful Beautifully, beautifully written I read it for a group that discusses memoir I was the only one who really liked it, but I also sensed that I was the only one who really caught on to what he was doing both seeking and vindicating his identity as a man displaced at a young age from the land and culture of his birth.This book is really a series of extended and interconnected prose poems There is narrative woven through it, but narrative is only a part of what he is doing He is seeking for himself, and seeking to give us, the FEEL of the place.

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10 thoughts on “Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i

  1. Kara Kara says:

    I stumbled across this book by accident, while I was browsing the nonfiction section about Hawaii in the library I was immediately intrigued by this book s combination of poetic language, natural and familial history, and focus on place and trying to find your place, both in the physical world and your family lineage Hongo touches on many themes that resonate with me a lot personally lack of knowledge about family history, feeling culturally unmoored from your surrounding communities, and not knowing where you are from, both physically and metaphorically speaking Hongo s detailed descriptions of the world around him are lovely, and well suited to Hawaii s lush landscape However, sometimes he focuses on description at the expense of an overarching plot, and there s really no uniting narrative arc to this book beyond its broad investigation of Hongo s familial and personal history This memoir is episodic and impressionistic in many ways I suppose that s the poet in Hongo coming out and while it makes for beautiful language, I understand why some reviewers struggled to get into the narrative, or rather lack thereof.


  2. Bill Bill says:

    Garrett Hongo is a brilliant poet, musician, and teacher Volcano reflects a short portion of his life he and his young family live near the store run by his family years before, giving him the opportunity to record family life in Hawai i, Japan, and on the mainland, revealing his history and the history of the volcanic island he calls home Magma and ferns are characters in this story, as well as ancient relatives and stories, poems, reflections, memories An enchanting book, one that moves the reader through time and space as they intersect and change.


  3. Marleen Marleen says:

    A poet writes about returning to his birthplace in Volcano He tries to make sense of his past and his culture and at the same time we learn about the misty, tropical flora, fauna and landscape of his home.


  4. Rodney Rauch Rodney Rauch says:

    A melancholy, mesmerizing, poetic read Engrossing and encompassing There s magic in here.


  5. Kate Kate says:

    From Mary Karr s list in Art of Memoir


  6. Iany Kelly Iany Kelly says:

    I liked this book is amazing


  7. Dawn Garlich Dawn Garlich says:

    Volcano is a seemingly idyllic burg at the crest of Kilauea Crater on the outskirts of Hawai i Volcanoes National Park Nestled in the rainforest, it often reminds me of the play, Brigadoon, where the inhabitants are seemingly untouched by time and fade in and out of existence There is great resistance in the community to leave everything as is, although visitors and many townspeople want to modernize Hongo s book gives me insight of this place I now call home I would recommend this book to all new Volcano residents It will endear you all the to this area It is hard for me to gauge if those unfamiliar with Volcano will appreciate all Hongo presents.Two things I note are incorrect One is that he assumes what is now Kilauea Lodge was originally owned by a wealthy family with its circular drive I believe Kilauea Lodge was originally a YMCA camp The other item is that he calls the highly invasive faya tree fire tree , which I believe is an easy mistake The joke is a park film about invasives is that the faya tree is on fire faya.Beyond Volcano, I enjoyed the multi generational life experiences Hongo shared with the reader.


  8. Gary Gary says:

    This is the perfect book to read if you re in or around the village of Volcano, Hawaii And I am not being facetious I took this book with me on a trip to the Islands, knowing I would be staying about 20 miles from Volcano The author immerses you in the environment, and you can certainly appreciate his descriptions much if you have some familiarity with the environment yourself, its ecology and dynamic geology.That being said, what makes this book much interesting than a simple guidebook or textbook is that it s actually the story of a family, of the author trying to reconnect with his ancestral roots as a Japanese American born in Hawaii As such, there is also much humanity here And as a poet, Garrett Hongo is able to tie family, ecology, geology, and identity all together.It s a journey and the last words are beautiful.


  9. Gerald Kinro Gerald Kinro says:

    Volcano, a community adjacent to the Kilauea caldera, the location of The United States only tropical rainforest, is the inspiration for Hongo s remarkable work Part memoir, part family chronicle he writes of this locale The Hongo family has been a part of this community since the early 20th century While family members may become detached, they have this area to bond them This is a successful transition for Hongo from poetry to prose His use of language is rich as he describes they beauty of the volcano rainforest The volcano chuffs and ferns frondle His characters and their anecdotes are memorable, especially is grandfather brothel operator and owner of the Hongo Store Yes, this is a great read.


  10. G G says:

    Wonderful Beautifully, beautifully written I read it for a group that discusses memoir I was the only one who really liked it, but I also sensed that I was the only one who really caught on to what he was doing both seeking and vindicating his identity as a man displaced at a young age from the land and culture of his birth.This book is really a series of extended and interconnected prose poems There is narrative woven through it, but narrative is only a part of what he is doing He is seeking for himself, and seeking to give us, the FEEL of the place.


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