The Colony

The Colony

Book - 2006 | 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed. --
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In the bestselling tradition of In the Heart of the Sea , The Colony , "an impressively researched" ( Rocky Mountain News ) account of the history of America's only leper colony located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is "an utterly engrossing look at a heartbreaking chapter" ( Booklist ) in American history and a moving tale of the extraordinary people who endured it.

Beginning in 1866 and continuing for over a century, more than eight thousand people suspected of having leprosy were forcibly exiled to the Hawaiian island of Molokai -- the longest and deadliest instance of medical segregation in American history. Torn from their homes and families, these men, women, and children were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and many who did were not contagious, yet all were ensnared in a shared nightmare.

Here, for the first time, John Tayman reveals the complete history of the Molokai settlement and its unforgettable inhabitants. It's an epic of ruthless manhunts, thrilling escapes, bizarre medical experiments, and tragic, irreversible error. Carefully researched and masterfully told, The Colony is a searing tale of individual bravery and extraordinary survival, and stands as a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the human spirit.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, 2006.
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780743233019
Characteristics: viii, 421 p. : ill., maps.


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Jul 12, 2014

This is an extensive but fascinating true story about a leper colony. I skimmed the parts that seemed too technical to wade through, but all in all, worth a read!

Jan 20, 2012

A somber tale, at times heart-wrenching, at others hopeful. The author focuses most on the individuals who lived and served in the colony. While the author appears to make an honest effort to be objective, he was clearly limited by the sources available, so some characters come off more sympathetic than they may deserve. Nevertheless, this is a good book and recommended.

Mar 05, 2007

A very readable, eye opening, well researched, complete history of the leprosy settlement on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai. We learn about many of the patients, doctors, priests, nuns and other people working on and living on the island. What started out as a type of prison in 1866 over time and through hard work became a leprosy treatment facility that is still in use today.

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