What I am Reading

I don’t quite know how to categorize this little book by Christina Thompson.  The title, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat you All:  A New Zealand Story,  certainly doesn’t help.  It is partly a memoir of an American woman whose own life becomes intertwined with the culture of the South Pacific, specifically the Maori culture of New Zealand, when she meets and marries a man from that culture.  It is also partly a history of the Maori people themselves and their dismal lot in the age of Western Colonization.  In trying to tell both of these stories, however, the book jumps around a lot and in the end struggles to tie all of the colonial history of Western Europe together, for good or bad, to her own family story.  On the whole, though, this touching reflection had enough interesting history and was written well enough that I must say I enjoyed reading it.  

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