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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Patricia Grace
Publisher & Pages: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 256 pages
Blurb: One of Patricia Grace's best-loved novels about three girls and what happens as they grow up. Cousins is a stunning novel of tradition and change, of the whanau and its struggle to survive, of the place of women in a changing world. It is an engrossing story that runs on in the head long after it has finished. Makareta, Missy and Mata are the three female cousins of one of Patricia Grace's most popular novels. Moving from the forties to the present, from the country to the protests of the cities, Cousins is the story of three girls once thrown together and as women grown apart.
Read time: I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.
Caution: This is NOT an easy read.
Caution: The constant swapping of point of views and timelines will give you a headache.
AUTHOR: Albert Wendt
PUBLISHER: Longman Paul (also re-published by Penguin)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 217
Synopsis: Samoan-born Albert Wendt was working as a teacher in Samoa when he wrote the autobiographical Sons for the Return Home, first published in 1973. It is the story of a cross-racial romance between a Samoan student at Auckland University, the son of migrant parents, and the daughter of a wealthy palagi family. It was an instant bestseller and was later made into a successful movie
How I Discovered or Acquired This Book: A compulsory read for Uni.
Noteworthy Experiences While Reading This Book: There was once scene on pages 78 &79 where Wendt was describing the killing of a pig in such a way that I had to close the book because I felt physically sick.