A Remarkable Journey

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Pearson Education Australia, 2002 - Judges - 161 pages
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Autobiography of Lady Carol Kidu, parliamentarian in Papua New Guinea. As an Australian teenager during the late 1960s, the time of the White Australia Policy, she fell in love with Buri Kidu, during a school camp. From there she became a wife and village mother, champion of the underprivileged and leader of women. Her husband became Chief Justice of the Court during the 1980s. Themes explored are love, corruption and the supernatural. Includes photos.

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This book is beautifully written and very readable. It is a fascinating story on several different levels- a love story, the story of 2 very different cultures learning to cope with each other, an insight into the values and cultural behaviour of the people of Papua-New Guinea, and a snapshot of the development of their political system since the granting of independence in September,1975. It tells of the courage of a young Australian girl who left behind everything familiar to her to go and live in PNG with her new husband, their life together, and what she did with her life after she was widowed. She chose to stay in PNG in the political arena, in a culture where women were not involved in public life, and faced challenges and battles of enormous proportions. I could not put her book down until I had finished reading it. It made a lasting impression on me. Well worth reading. 

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