Melal: A Novel of the Pacific

Paperback: $20.00
ISBN-13: 9780824825911
Published: June 2002

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312 pages
  • About the Book
  • On Good Friday, 1981, Rujen Keju and his two sons come face to face with their complicated inheritance–one that includes years of atomic testing and the continued military presence of the U.S. in the Pacific. In this highly original work of history and adventure, novelist Robert Barclay weaves together characters and stories from mythological times with those of the present-day to give readers a rare and unsparing look at life in the contemporary Pacific.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Robert Barclay, Author

      Robert Barclay spent much of his life in Kwajalein. He now lives in Honolulu. This is his first book.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • An absorbing, original read
      Honolulu Weekly
    • A first novel that left me dazzled ... All the characters--the Marshallese, the members of their spirit world, and even the Americans--are well developed and deeply, sensitively drawn
      Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing
    • Barclay is a first-time novelist who simply got it right.... Melal is a powerful and at times heart-wrenching novel that should appeal to a wide range of readers interested in the region today.
      The Contemporary Pacific
    • It is wonderful to have a novel of the Pacific, of people firmly rooted in the past and present of the great ocean, its atolls, islands, homes, and spiritual homelands. This is a wrenching story of people--voiceless, powerless--as they attempt to survive the horrors of nuclear testing, relocation, Western arrogance and domination. It is a good story with robust characters-some real and contemporary, others mythical and ancient--and an important book.
      Patricia Grace, author of Dogside Story
    • What separates this novel from others, even highly respected ones, is its extraordinary descriptive mastery.... This precise and vivid evocation of experience is what writing has been about from the beginning. In all respects, this is a superb book.
      Ian MacMillan, author of Village of a Million Spirits
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