A review of the book potiki

It illuminates the struggles native New Zealanders have had in holding on to their land through the eyes of one community, particularly three members of a family. I was worried that no one overseas would be able to get hold of it. In this way we were able to find ourselves in books.

I believe such stories of traditional cultures and sustainable ways of living will increasingly be valued as we grapple with transition and ecological crises and find new permacultures By: I think Grace really uses language as a vehicle to reinforce Maori belief systems in the "less is more" mentality.

I much preferred these folk tales and stories to the main plotline involving the land developers. This is another running theme in the novel—a focus on community, not individuality. Yet poverty is not a good word. The son, the one connected with the gods because of his birth order, seems to have the most insight into how his community is viewed by those on the outside.

The story is a bit circular, with some details being revealed out of order for no reason I could really discern. We had homes and enough good food, or nearly always enough.

NZ is an interesting choice for study because unlike other colonised places but like Australia the indigenous people are a minority. It is rare for us to find ourselves in books, but in our own books we were able to find and define our lives.

Yet poverty is not a good word. I love this text. I suppose I could say that I enjoyed this book more as anthropology than as fiction - I know very little about Maori culture, and this book was a good window into that world circa Pirilti on August 27, at 1: The book does not really have a true resolution; instead, Patricia Grace outlines the cultural differences that exist in New Zealand, and the uses and abuses of power, and how it can affect a people.

I saw what he saw. Maire Smith on May 2, at 6: While I feel very strongly that I was out of my depth in many ways with this book, I did really enjoy the writing.

There is a ongoing thread through the novel about storytelling; the difference between what the children learn in schools about story vs.

It is rich, and deep, and it was the first book in several years that actually moved me to tears. The first half of this novella develops the life of a family and their small community, before getting heavily into Maori land politics in the second half.

Poverty is destructive too. The story is an important one. You can usually get the gist of it if you do that… By: I used in my post-colonial class when we read the book.

The main plotline just fell flat for me. Doing this deepened my connection to the whole group instead of just one individual. It unfolds, as I feel the best stories do, at its own pace. I also think, though, that Patricia Grace clearly wrote this book for a specific audience.

And the pain belonged to all of us.

Grace: Potiki

Though she also reinforces her themes by repeating the same phrases. I have always been interested in specifically New Zealand and the Maori culture for some reason.The book was bought to read while touring around New Zealand for the first time.

It was a really nice confluence of reading a great novel and trying to imagine it happening in the place I was mi-centre.coms: 3. Potiki has 2 ratings and 1 review. elipisto said: La lotta di una piccola comunità Maori contro l'espansionismo e la fame di terra della società consumis /5.

The book does not really have a true resolution; instead, Patricia Grace outlines the cultural differences that exist in New Zealand, and the uses and abuses of power, and how it can affect a people.

That was a surprisingly difficult summary to write above because I'm not really sure I "got" Potiki. 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 Tamihan.

Jul 19,  · Potiki is such an interesting book, it would make a great choice for book groups. It is the story of a Maori community's struggle to regain control of their ancestral lands.

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Having had their land acquired to build an airfield during WWI, these landholders were dispersed into rental accommodation so that it became almost impossible to. The Paperback of the Potiki by Patricia Grace at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more! and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select.

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A review of the book potiki
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