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Thunder in Heaven

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Title:Thunder in Heaven
von Tempski, Armine   
(3 of 3 for author by title)
Bright Spurs
Published:   1942
Publisher:Duell, Sloan and Pearce
Tags:fiction, Hawaii

“Although published during wartime, THUNDER IN HEAVEN contains nothing of the war. Set on the Kona Coast of the Big Island, it deals with the devastation of flesh and soul brought on by the infamous disease leprosy. It is a novel of man’s humanity to man, of love, sacrifice, and devotion.”—Duell, Sloan and Pearce.

“Hawaiians believe if a person tries to do something and the world gives him no recognition, the gods salute him with—Thunder in Heaven!”—fionaslife.com [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for von Tempski, Armine

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Armine von Tempski (1892 –1943) was an American writer and one of Hawaii's best known authors. She was a granddaughter of Gustavus von Tempsky.

Armine von Tempski's autobiographies and novels were based on her early life among the paniolos (cowboys) on the Haleakala cattle ranch located on Maui Island atop the Haleakala shield volcano. The Haleakala Ranch, which Jack London first visited in 1907, was his favorite of the Hawaiian ranches he enjoyed on several extended visits. The young Armine, then sixteen years old, asked London to read some of her stories and give his opinion. He said that they were "clumsy, incoherent tripe" but added that "every so often there's a streak of fire on your pages," which encouraged her.

Her first novel "Hula" was published when she was in her 30's and was made into a movie starring Clara Bow in 1927.

Her most popular book was the first of her two autobiographical books and it was entitled "Born in Paradise".

Sources: hawaiiforvisitors.com; Wikipedia

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