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Potiki By Patricia Grace,

  • Title: Potiki
  • Author: Patricia Grace
  • ISBN: 9780824817060
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Maori community on the coast of New Zealand is threatened by a land developer who wants to purchase the community property, move the community meeting hall, and construct many new buildings, including an underwater zoo The story is told in several chapters that switch narrators Sometimes, it is Hemi, a man who was laid off from his job and realizes that this situatioA Maori community on the coast of New Zealand is threatened by a land developer who wants to purchase the community property, move the community meeting hall, and construct many new buildings, including an underwater zoo The story is told in several chapters that switch narrators Sometimes, it is Hemi, a man who was laid off from his job and realizes that this situation affords him the opportunity to reconnect with the land, his culture and his family Other times, Toko is the narrator Toko is Hemi s adopted son and is physically handicapped However, he also has a sixth sense and can see events before they occur Mostly, though, the story is told by Roimata, Hemi s wife and Toko s adoptive mother She relates the growing concern the Maori have about developers coming into their land, and their quiet, concerted efforts to rebel She details their successes and many painful failures in a sparse, simple prose The book does not really have a true resolution instead, Patricia Grace outlines the cultural differences that exist in New Zealand, and the uses and abuses of power, and how it can affect a people.
    Potiki A Maori community on the coast of New Zealand is threatened by a land developer who wants to purchase the community property move the community meeting hall and construct many new buildings includi

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    1. Simply stunning Almost perfect A pearl in the oyster I love me some oysters of reading life.It will not appeal to everyone, as it has many words and concepts untranslated or untranslatable, I can t be sure which from Maori It unfolds, as I feel the best stories do, at its own pace It s 30 years old and that means the events of the past referred to by Roimata and Hemi are in the 1940s and 1950s 21st century readers are cautioned not to think that New Zealand is the same also that it s changed utt [...]

    2. I read this book as part of my self proclaimed New Zealand November in 2015 While I ve read several books with feet heavily in Maori culture, this had the feeling of being most recent It illuminates the struggles native New Zealanders have had in holding on to their land through the eyes of one community, particularly three members of a family The developers were angry at our constant refusals but that was because they did not understand that our choice was between poverty and self destruction Y [...]

    3. Potiki is such an interesting book, it would make a great choice for book groups.It is the story of a Maori community s struggle to regain control of their ancestral lands Having had their land acquired to build an airfield during WWI, these landholders were dispersed into rental accommodation so that it became almost impossible to sustain their culture and traditions But as is so often the case in land rights matters, a dispirited and apparently broken people were rejuvenated by a charismatic l [...]

    4. 3.5 starsI enjoyed this book than I expected When other people claim a book is a great adventure story I find it too academic, and when others claim it s too academic, apparently I find it to be a warm, enjoyable family story The first half of this novella develops the life of a family and their small community, before getting heavily into Maori land politics in the second half That s a wise choice, keeping the story grounded in the characters rather than turning them into props for an op ed pi [...]

    5. T n koutou, t n koutou, t n koutou katoa This is a magical book Toko i te Marama has the gift of knowing and story telling May he rule my heart.

    6. Speaking as a white American, I had a lot of difficulty following this book In true Pacific Islander fashion, the author uses a lot of native terminology with the obvious attitude that you either know it or you don t, and if you don t, you re not one of us, so we re not going to explain it Grace also tells the story entirely from POV characters using their own language, so it s not always entirely clear what is happening especially on the last 20 pages or so For these reasons, I probably didn t [...]

    7. This is another book I have to read for uni It was well developed and gave me a better understanding of Maori culture The story is an important one But I didn t like how it was divided into three parts and I didn t like how it was told from so many points of view as it made me feel disconnected from the characters although maybe that s how I was supposed to feel An outsider I m looking forward to analysing it closely later as I m sure that will change my mind.

    8. In this New Zealand story, colonialism is not dead, but has evolved and is championed by land developers.

    9. This is a book I ve been meaning to read since it was an assigned reading for some of my friends in other English classes in high school Once I started reading, I realised I had read the beginning before, though I don t remember when It is written beautifully, with poetry woven intricately throughout It makes great use of New Zealand as a character, and the symbols, traditions and natural surroundings that can be found in our small country Many people feel, and sometimes I am among them, that Ma [...]

    10. Surprisingly accessible, easy to read, and emotionally compelling despite the constantly shifting narrative style The book tells the story of a community, not isolated, but connected to the earth and growing to include others who hope to protect traditions, cultures, and the environment The simple and honest prose style draws you in quickly.

    11. i m not sure how to describe this one for some reason, even though it should be simple enough it s about a maori clan, mainly their struggles to hold onto their land and keep their traditions going, focussing particularly on one nuclear family reading it was like listening to a storyteller, which i m sure was intentional, since storytelling is an important part of the story i liked it a lot.

    12. Amazing I wish I had read this years ago but like, I wish I d been ready to read this years ago Intense and so deep, so powerful yet so real, and you just fall right into the story.Heartbreaking but a beautiful story of whanaungatanga and survival

    13. Opens with a lyrical passage that inspired me to write Distinctive voice and masterful plot weaving Dialogue rings true to life, giving insight into relationships and the difficult and beautiful realities of Maori heritage.

    14. An outstanding piece of literature from an accomplished Maori author Transformational at times and deeply moving.

    15. How did it take me so long to get to this book It was fantastic I can see why it is in the New Zealand canon I loved the changing narrators and the mystical elements of some parts of the book Although fiction, I am absolutely certain some of the described activities of Dollarman and his crew actually happened in real life Such books provide a glimpse into the rich culture and heritage M ori, and yet again confirm that colonialism has a lot to answer for.

    16. This book immerses you in Maori culture, without any markers for readers you learn as you go The authenticity it achieves with a pretty common tale of a tightly knit community facing evil developers depends on that immersion It s also the kind of book that might give a white person the feeling that they know all about Maori society now, so watch out for that.

    17. Great read Interesting and well written Difficult to understand as a Westerner but I understand that this books intended audience was not for me I am okay with not grasping everything because I m not meant to But it did open my eyes to the horrors of colonization.

    18. Will need to re read to see if some of the esoteric parts make sense but a well written account of Maori struggle against the near mythical progress which threatens a recently rediscovered way of life.

    19. I see the appeal for someone who is older, mature, and has a longer attention span than me.I m a sopho in an American high school and my overall experience while reading it was boredom Potiki simply wasn t engaging for me and my classmates At all At first I found learning about the Maori interesting and the subject important I m someone who loves stories of peoples and learning about other cultures After the first chapter however, I couldn t get myself to read any , because the book became repe [...]

    20. A very interesting novel, but one that never quite came together for me The book is loosely structured, with different chapters told from the perspectives of different characters, and lots of switching between first and third person The main plot concerns a conflict over land use between a Maori tribe and a group of developers who want to build a resort, but this plot actually takes up relatively little space in the book Grace spends a lot of time on the backstories of her characters, and their [...]

    21. Here we get a story about a Maori s family struggle to maintain a traditional life style in the face of real estate developer s greed The sense of subject is obscured by what Deleuze calls fourth person singular , indirect voices speaking for many persons as a kind of community awareness and coming together There is no final resolution, only a continual struggle in which a development of a house given a suspicious fire is rebuilt and a sense of traditional continuity is maintained Here, the prop [...]

    22. Kids were different these days They wanted knowledge of their own things, their own things first They were proud and didn t hide their culture, and no one could bullshit them either p65.A wonderful example of Maori storytelling The story follows several different individuals, all connected via place and identity, as they struggle to fight against investment builders that would like to strip away sections of Maori homelands in order to build shopping malls and resorts There are many uplifting mom [...]

    23. Mir hat das Buch gefallen.Die Autorin l sst einen in die Maori Kultur hineinschnuppern , ohne das viel erkl rt wird.Ich h tte allerdings Fussnoten anstelle eines Glossars bevorzugt.Und es hinterl sst die ewige Zerrissenheit Zum einen ist es sch n, wenn Traditionen gelebt werden und eine Kultur ihr Selbstverst ndnis beh lt oder findet Die Zivilisation erscheint da immer wie ein St renfried.Andererseits bringt die Zivilisation Verbesserungen und Erleichterungen in vielen Bereichen und wer bin ich [...]

    24. I will be visiting New Zealand soon and picked this book as one recommended by several sources as a good reading to understand the country It is a story set in a Maori village that faces a developer that wants to develop the hills behind their village This village has been working to be self sustaining and has maintained some of their culture They have a common hall and a spiritual building It is a challenging book to read because many Maori words are used without definition and it was not alway [...]

    25. This book takes a look at traditional culture butting heads with commercial ventures The native people want to maintain the way of life albeit with a few modern amenities they have known for centuries, closely tied into the respect of nature When some developers offer a fantastic amount of money for their land they still refuse to budge The dollarmen, as the natives call them, resort to nasty schemes to get their way, the original people of the land take matters into their own hands when trying [...]

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