My Samoan Chiefby Fay G. Calkins
This is an engaging autobiographical account of an American woman's life in her Samoan husband's native home. After an unconventional courtship and an atypical American wedding, Fay Calkins and Vai Ala'ilima, a descendent of Samoan chiefs, set out for Western Samoa, where Fay was to find a way of life totally new and charming, if at times frustrating and confusing
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I was referred to this book by a dear friend and Samoan. He explained that it was a wonderful way to get a better look at Samoans way of life. Sure enough, once I got my copy, I sat down and then found that I couldn't get enough. The writing style is as if you were sitting and listening to a loved one tell you stories of times long past. It was a joy to see through the eyes of a someone as foreign to Samoan Culture as I am. It makes me appreciate the complexity of Samoan generosity. Having experienced it first hand by a family of Samoan/Americans, they truly are an amazing race of people. To anyone who just wants a feel good book of stories, this is a wonderful book for you.
AS A WOMAN FROM ENGLAND, MARRIED TO A MAN FROM TONGA, I CAN RELATE 100% TO THIS BOOK. AT TIMES IT SEEMED I WAS READING MY OWN DIARY.IT REMINDED ME OF HOW I WAS SO UNPREPARED FOR THE POLYNESIAN WAY OF LIFE.THIS BOOK WILL GIVE YOU A TRUE MEANING OF THE PHRASE 'CULTURE SHOCK'. IT HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD.I GIVE IT A HEARTY TWO THUMBS UP..