Keawe is a Hawaiian who feels the need to know other lands, so he goes to San Francisco (United States). There he discovers a beautiful house whose owner seems somewhat sad and emaciated. When talking to him and asking him the reason for his sadness, the old man shows him a bottle of white glass in whose interior are all the colors of the rainbow. Amazed by his beauty, the old man tells him that in that bottle inhabits a demon capable of granting any desire, except one: to extend life to a person. For that, the owner of the bottle must meet a number of requirements: sell the bottle to another person before dying or go to hell, you can only sell the bottle if the price is lower than the owner paid.
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Jacqueline Mair is an artist and illustrator whose work has been exhibited in Great Britain and internationally. She lives in England.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8?Published first in Samoan in 1891, this story is suffused with the magic of Polynesian culture. Keawe, a native Hawaiian, comes upon the wealthy but downcast owner of a magic bottle. His fortune comes from a demon that lives in the bottle and gives its owner anything he desires. There is a catch, of course. The owner must sell it for less than he paid or "burn in hell forever." Being young and adventurous, Keawe buys it for $50, and his wishes are granted. In addition, he sells the bottle to a friend who is fully aware of the stipulations it carries. Keawe then meets and falls in love with the beautiful Kokua, but now his circumstances take a dreadful turn for he discovers a spot of leprosy on his flesh. To reverse this condition, he seeks out the bottle imp, and he finally traces it to a man who has purchased it for two cents. The horror of Keawe's dilemma is plain; if he buys the bottle for a penny he will be unable to sell it again, and he will loose his soul. Yet his love for Kokua is so great that he makes the purchase. This transaction sets the stage for events that follow. Told with all the elegance of Stevenson's style, the story is enriched by Mair's opaque watercolors that recall the work of Paul Gauguin. Her primitive style and brilliant colors add to the tension of the story and evoke the lush environs of the setting. Older readers who enjoy horror stories but are ready for something challenging will surely find this spooky tale satisfying.?Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
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