Friday Morning Bookclub

July 5, 2010

Moloka’i

Filed under: Historical Fiction,Moloka'i — susanbright @ 10:45 am

The book Moloka’i opened my eyes to a time and place in history that I barely knew existed. Of course I had heard stories about leper colonies, but had not idea of how many people were affected and for how long the colonies were actually in existance. Imagine what would have happened in the 1980’s  if the government had decided to quarantine every person afflicted with the AID’s virus or any other contagous disease and send them to live on an isolated island.  Imagine children being taken from their parents homes, husbands being seperated from their wives. This is exactly what happened to the unfortunate people who contracted Leprosy in the 1800’s. We have been talking about the book Moloka’i and the Kalaupapa leper colony, but there were  other leper colonies in other parts of the world also. Check out this video of a leper colony on Culion Island in the Philippines. Culion Island was known as “the island of the living dead”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvKdrmFrNxg&feature=related

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3 Comments »

  1. This is a fascinating video. Thanks for posting it Susan. Moloka’i is a potent reminder of how people often react out of ignorance and fear.

    Comment by Jean — July 5, 2010 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

  2. I have not read this book, but I am looking for other books you would recommend. Our book club enjoyed The Housekeeper and The Professor.

    Comment by Ilene — July 7, 2010 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

    • Hi Ilene, thanks for visiting our blog. I had never heard of The Housekeeper and The Professor but will check it out.

      Comment by susanbright — July 7, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply


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