Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New by Christina Thompson

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During this concerning, compassionate memoir, Christina Thompson tells the tale of her romance and eventual marriage to a Maori guy, interspersing it with a story historical past of the cultural collision among Westerners and the Maoris of latest Zealand. regardless of their major adjustments, Thompson and her husband, Seven, proportion an analogous feel of experience and a willingness to leave from the customs in their households and forge a existence jointly on their lonesome. Thompson explores cultural displacement during the a long time and the attention-grabbing background of Europeans within the South Pacific, starting with Abel Tasman's discovery of recent Zealand in 1642. but at its middle, this is often the tale of 2 those who meet, fall in love, and are eternally replaced.

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