Motu Tapu: Short Stories of the South Pacific

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Polynesian Press, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 172 pages
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A Cook Islands' dancer learns a lesson in economic survival in Auckland; a New Zealand academic encounters the spirit of a long-dead poet at Robert Louis Stevenson's grave in Samoa; an Indian teenager fights for her life in Ponsonby; the son of a Jewish refugee falls victim to anti-Semitism in God's Own County; an Englishman in Aotearoa violates tapu and pays the price. The diverse and often desperate characters in this strongly multicultural collection share one main feature: they are all Pacific Islanders, a region whose sublime physical beauty can camouflage, but not conceal, its cultural collisions and social tensions.

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About the author (1990)

Graeme Lay is a full-time writer whose books include "Passages - Journeys in Polynesia, Pacific New Zealand "and "New Zealand"" - A ""Visual Celebration," He was the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Reviewer of the Year in 1998, and has twice been a finalist in the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year award.

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