Once Were Warriors

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 1990 - Domestic fiction - 198 pages
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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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I don't know if I can say I actually liked this book. I recognize its importance, and it had a huge impact on me. Once Were Warriors is a brutal account of a Maori family who lives in government ... 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. He will be at the Oz, New Zealand festival of literature and arts program in 2015 in London.

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