|About the Book|
In 1936 a celebrated American writer, Nathan Sutherland, arrives alone in Hawaii from bohemian Paris, fleeing the approach of fascism and war. He claims that he has come to the islands to write and search the high jungle for a lost species of orchid,MoreIn 1936 a celebrated American writer, Nathan Sutherland, arrives alone in Hawaii from bohemian Paris, fleeing the approach of fascism and war. He claims that he has come to the islands to write and search the high jungle for a lost species of orchid, but he seems little interested in doing either.The wealthy and entrenched colonialist community are pleased to welcome him into their midst as a famous writer. Nathan is sophisticated, charming and refined, a man who knows their world.Although Nathan joins the privileged society, he is not a man who cares to belong to it, he much prefers the unpredictable company of the flamboyant woman who is the scandal of the community.After Nathan meets Sara Van Meer, a spirited Dutch woman at the heart of the island society who is mistress of a large sugar cane plantation, his bohemianism begins to bring him into conflict with the morally decadent but discreet aristocratic community.Nathan is prepared to break all the rules of the community to make the fiercely independent Sara his lover, but she is tightly bound by her society. Nathan comes from an artistic world in which the highest value is love and the expression of passion for life, but here marriage is a business pact which is binding until death.But Nathan is a man who intends to find what he has come to Hawaii to seek..The book is an authentic look at American colonialism in the elegant 1930s.According to author, Lee Vidor:This is a romantic love story taking place in Hawaii, in colonialist American high society in 1936. The story is about obsessive passion, about erotic attraction and the force of desire in our lives. About the wounding and healing of love, an examination of what is worth desiring, and what is worthless.Its also an authentic historical portrait of colonialism, and the cost of it to the privileged. Hawaii was colonized by Americans no differently than Africa or India were by the British, but these American colonial communities were far more dynamic and decadent than those of the aristocratic British Empire. It’s a fascinating and virtually unknown world.Many more reviews of Lee VIdors books can be seen at:http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/...According to critics:Witty, elegant, romantic and sexy..A gripping story.. Well told and surprising.. I couldnt put it down.Passionate and erotically sophisticated..A beautiful story.. I shivered in the heat.Evocative.. Intrigue and romantic longing and obsessive passion..A moving story about things that matter in our lives..I loved spending time with these dazzling characters in Hawaii in 1936..This is colonialism as we have never seen it before. A look behind the silken curtains when the gloves are coming off..A witty and knowing novel which will make you want to tango until you burn in the atmospheric tropical heat. Elegant ballroom dancing was never so decadent.‘A devastating portrait of the cost of imperialism upon the human psyche.. The first thing wealth buys is moral decadence..’A beautifully written novel of love, romance and sophisticated eroticism between finely drawn characters. Engrossing and surprising.. So moving..About Lee Vidor:Lee Vidor is a writer and artist.Lee Vidor is the original source of the astonishing Shakespeare-X Message.