Alan Duff's groundbreaking first novel is one of the most talked about books ever published in New Zealand and now the basis of a major New Zealand film.
This hard hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrayal of Maoris in New Zealand society.
It is a raw and powerful story in which everyone is a victim until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 16/03/1995
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099578413
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Review by LynleyS
Studying English in New Zealand, this was required reading both at high school and in first year university. It was again required reading when I started as an English teacher at a girls' high school in the north island. There was controversy over this choice, mainly from the dean, who thought that reading should be escapist rather than harrowing, and that the drama in this story too accurately reflected the real lives of many of our students.I still don't know where I stand on this, but I will say that the English department won. Mainly due to the tenacious characters who teach English, and the view that fiction can serve as a comfort and as an inoculation, even at its most personal and harrowing.