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by Witi Ihimaera

There are no gay Maoris. If someone is born Maori and admits to being gay they are thrown out of their tribe, family and village and never mentioned again.
Michael 'comes out' to his family at the insistence of his boyfriend, who treacherously dumps him anyway, so he has no lover, no family and no roots, as he sees it, and he feels rather sorry for himself. His aunt gives him a diary written by an uncle he has never heard of and it transpires that this uncle was also gay.
So, this book is about being Maori and being gay, but it is not primarily about Michael. It is the story of his uncle Sam (get it?) who fought in Vietnam and it is as good a story or better than anything about that brutal war coming out of the US. The writing is not perfect, but the story is powerful and emotional and easily makes up for any deficiencies.
One of my favourite parts is not really about being gay, being Maori or the Vietnam War although it is, in a way, about all of them. It tells of a visit Sam makes to a Buddhist temple and is about half way through the book. This is perfect.

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PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Release date 01.03.2002
Pages count376
eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
File size3 Mb
Book rating4.06 (140 votes)
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