Once Were Warriors

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 1990 - Domestic fiction - 198 pages
19 Reviews
Alan Duff's ground-breaking first novel is one of the most talked-about books ever published in New Zealand and is now the basis of a major New Zealand film.This hard hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrayal of Maori 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.Alan Duff was born in Rotorua and now lives in Havelock North. He is the author of two novels, Once Were Warriors and One Night Out Stealing and one work of non fiction, Maori, the Crisis and the Challenge.
  

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Review: Once Were Warriors (Once were warriors trilogy #1)

User Review  - Linley - Goodreads

It's taken me a long time to pluck up the courage to read this book and I will never watch the film. It is a strong yet simple story of a very disfunctional family. The characters leap off the page ... Read full review

Review: Once Were Warriors (Once were warriors trilogy #1)

User Review  - Melissa Burtt - Goodreads

whilst I enjoyed the book, as much as you can enjoy such a depressing story I actually found myself wanting more clear direction at the end. but that is my only criticism. I am glad that I waited to read the book as an older adult it was very raw and hard hitting. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
91
Section 3
102
Section 4
108
Section 5
116
Section 6
122
Section 7
130
Section 8
131
Section 9
149
Section 10
157
Section 11
162
Section 12
168
Section 13
182
Section 14
194
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About the author (1990)

New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Alan Duff is the founder of the Alan Duff Foundation and the Books in Homes program. His novel, Once Were Warriors, about violence in a Maori ghetto, won the PEN Best First Book Award in 1991 and was made into a movie in 1994.

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