Tu: More Maori identity issues, this time addressed through war

Tu, Patricia Grace, 2004

  • New Zealand, #10
  • Paperback, £0.69 from alibris.com
  • Read June 2015
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Opening Line: Dear Rimini and Benedict, You didn’t deserve ill-humour and rebuff, and I had no right to send you off with empty hearts when all you were asking was to get to know your ‘father’.
  • Recommended for: the insatiably curious and tragically brave

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Death of a River Guide

Death of a River Guide, Richard Flanagan, 1994

  • Australia, #22
  • Paperback, Alibris.com, $0.99
  • Read January 2015
  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Opening line: As I was born the umbilical cord tangled around my neck and I came into the world both arms flailing, unable to scream and thereby take in the air necessary to begin life outside of the womb, being garrotted by the very thing that had until that time succoured me and given me life.
  • Recommended for: Reading breaks between fever dreams

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