Potiki

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Winner of the 1987 New Zealand Fiction AwardThis compelling novel will resonate for people everywhere who find their livelihood threatened by ""Dollarmen"" - property speculators advocating golf courses, high rises, shopping malls, and tourist attractions. In 'Potiki', one community's response to attacks on their ancestral values and symbols provides moving affirmation of the relationship between land the the people who live on it.
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Overview

Winner of the 1987 New Zealand Fiction AwardThis compelling novel will resonate for people everywhere who find their livelihood threatened by ""Dollarmen"" - property speculators advocating golf courses, high rises, shopping malls, and tourist attractions. In 'Potiki', one community's response to attacks on their ancestral values and symbols provides moving affirmation of the relationship between land the the people who live on it.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Switching between first person and third person, this loose narrative of developers trying to build a resort on Maori land revolves around the family of Roimata Kararaina and her husband, Hemi Tamihana. Although land development is the central theme, Grace, the New Zealand author of several novels and short-story collections, is at her best portraying the lives of her characters, from their daily tasks eel-fishing and cooking to the stories they tell-both real hard-luck stories and ancestral myths. While the writing here is often elegant in its simplicity the first-person sections in particular are beguilingly direct-``I have loved Hemi since I was five,'' Roimata announces by way of introduction and the information about Maori life intriguing, the plot thread is often buried. Individual segments stand out because of Grace's able descriptions, but liberal use of Maori words such as papakainga and tangi with no explanation a glossary might have helped add to the confusion. When the conflict with ``the dollarman'' their nickname for a Mr. Dolman, who comes to try to convince them to accept a project that includes not only a nightclub and golf course, but also ``trained whales and seals etcetera'' heats up, it moves matters along, but those sharp-edged segments can be disorienting in tandem with all the magical storytelling. This uneasy mix never jells completely, and the saga of native people suffering at the hands of an imperialist oppressor is not especially fresh. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824817060
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Talanoa Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 409,317
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Grace is the author of five novels, four short story collections and several children
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    recommend reading

    well written novel that tells a descriptive tale about how a community stays connected through many trials.

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