Libri dalle Samoa

Ruperake Petaia, The Miracle, autopubblicato: The Miracle is a story based on real events in the lives of just some of the people who were involved in the staging of Gods Miracle during the Polynesian Airlines Flight 844 from Sydney Australia to Faleolo, Western Samoa on the 13 September 1994.
This story is written as a testimonial to the amazing Love of God, and it is about certain real life situations of absolute Faith and Trust in our Lord. It is indeed a true endorsement of the fact that God does care so very much for all of us and will answer all the prayers of those who really believe in Him.
The real events depicted in this story form an unusually strange coincidence that I have found quite impossible to attribute to chance. I can only conclude therefore that they must be the manifestations of a true miracle of our Lord. With that in mind this account deliberately focuses, in the main, on the spiritual settings and sequence of these remarkable events as represented by the people and happenings in this story.
Certain incidences in this account have been recreated from imaginations, only for the purposes of this story, and therefore do not necessarily suggest any similarities to, or direct representation of names, places and whatever really happened in those circumstances. The use of actual names of some of those people has been possible through their own generous permission.
The ingenuity of technology and the deservedly commendable and exceptional courage and skills displayed by the technical and service operations people who were actually involved in the incredible landing of the crippled plane in this story, are only briefly acknowledged herein. Regretfully I have not attempted to account for those feats in any detail in this story for fear that my ignorance of their profession and expertise may deny these people the true and fair recognition they fully deserve for their part in this Special Event.
I firmly believe nonetheless, that these remarkable mortal feats and wonders are all part and parcel of the manifestation of Gods Will in the making of this Miracle.

Ruperake Petaia, Blue Rain, autopubblicato: This is Petaia’s first collection of poetry. It is heavily critical of the colonialist influence on education in particular and generally on the Samoan culture as it were. The new way of life that outside influences have imposed upon the younger generations of the country continue to begrudge the older generation; the guardians of the ancient culture and way of life of the Samoan people.
Such poems as Blue Rain, Kidnapped, Father and Son and so on, express the feelings of the poet about the dilemma of western influences that are slowly crippling and strangling the indigenous nature and beauty of these people’s ancient culture and way of life. However, despite the ‘angry’ nature of many of the poems, the overriding tone of this collection is the poet’s love for family and children and country and the purity of beauty that flowers, hearts, stars, hopes, dreams, smiles and of course the colourful rain express.

Ruperake Petaia, Patches of the Rainbow, autopubblicato: This is Ruperake Petaia’s second collection of poems, Petaia continues his search towards the inner-side of life: the heart, the soul, the spirit. The poems reflect the ever presence of the storms of life, and ultimately the patches of life supreme; that the prophetic rainbow aspires to maintain.
And once again the poems about life are short, sweet and sour and with that final twist of a laugh, a pinch or whatever turns the poems may hold for the reader.

Ruperake Petaia, The Challenge, autopubblicato: This collection of short stories by Ruperake Petaia contains eleven stories about life in general. One of these, ‘The Challenge,’ was highly commended in the 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competition; an international literature competition organized and conducted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
The themes of these stories range from the continuing influences of colonialism in a third world country, poverty, the spiritual, the insurgence of modern changes and of course the binding factor of love for family, for children, for country and God.

Lani Wendt Young, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper, Pasifika Books: An island of secrets. A girl on fire. An epic battle of the elements. Can love truly conquer all? A thrilling love story inspired by Pacific mythology – featuring a sinister sisterhood of beautiful women with an environmental agenda and a fiery yet vulnerable young woman who must master her gifts – before they destroy her and all those she cares about.

Lani Wendt Young, I Am Daniel Tahi, Pasifika Books: A novella that speaks from Daniel’s perspective. Get to know your favorite character in a whole new way as he reveals his sensual, passionate side. (And his sometimes angry, often funny side is pretty unforgettable too!)

Lani Wendt Young, When Water Burns, Pasifika Books: With Nafanua and the Covenant Sisterhood out of the way, Leila and Daniel are finally able to love without fear of retribution. Or are they? As a malicious telesa plots her revenge, a mysterious stranger arrives on the island. Fuelled by hate and running from a fiery past, he looks to Leila for answers and she must fight to contain the fury of fanua-afi while trying to protect all those she loves. It seems that this is a battle she must wage alone, for Daniel’s ocean birthright cannot be denied and he refuses to walk beside her. Are Leila and Daniel destined to be forever divided by the elements? When it comes to Water and Fire, daughter of earth and son of the ocean – who will endure? When water burns?
This is the second book in the Telesa Trilogy and follows on from book one, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper.

Lani Wendt Young, The Bone Bearer, Pasifika Books: The thrilling, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to The Telesa Series.
Leila’s selfless act at the closing of When Water Burns, unleashed the demonic fury of Pele the Fire Goddess and now Daniel must fight an epic battle to free the one he loves. Unlikely allies come to his aid as a group of troubled elementals try to overcome their differences and work as a team to save their friend. But Pele’s awakening has caused cataclysmic fear throughout the Telesa guardians of the Pacific and they are gathering their forces, preparing to defend the Blue Continent from the devastating threat of the Fire Goddess. Only one thing can destroy her – the Tangaloa Bone. The race is on to recover the three pieces of this ancient weapon and the question remains: who will wield the power of the Bone Bearer? And can Leila survive its apocalyptic fury?

Lani Wendt Young, Afakasi Woman, Pasifika Books: A Collection of Twenty-Four Short Stories from a “Real Samoan Woman.”
Sometimes funny, often poignant and always honest – this collection of award-winning short fiction is one woman’s insight into life as a contemporary Pacific woman who is ‘too brown to be white and too white to be brown.’

Albert Wendt, Leaves of the Banyan Tree, University of Hawaii Press: “A saga of three generations, Leaves of the Banyan Tree tells the story of a family and community in Western Samoa undermined by the changes brought about by colonialism. It is considered a classic work of Pacific literature and Wendt’s best novel.
A big story in every sense of the word… peopled by the richest assortment of characters in Pacific fiction, running the gauntlet of human action, the gamut of human emotion.” –New Zealand Herald
“Does more than tell a whopping good story about life in Samoa around the time of Independence: it tells each of us our own story in new terms.” –Manoa

Albert Wendt, Sons for the Return Home, University of Hawaii Press: Originally published in 1973, this story of star-crossed lovers spotlights the complex nature of love, freedom, and racism in New Zealand. Samoan writer Albert Wendt’s first novel, Sons for the Return Home, has long been out of print. Yet, readers continue to respond to the clarity of vision in this simple, powerful story of cross-cultural encounter.

Tutti i libri di Albert Wendt:

Sia Figiel, They Who Do Not Grieve, Vintage: A fictional Coming of Age in Samoa for the new millennium – an exciting new voice from the Pacific with a magical blend of myth, dreamtime and harsh real life
Weaving together the stories of three generations of Samoan women, contrasting the traditional and the modern, They Who Do Not Grieve is a stunning new novel from one of the Pacific’s most exciting writers. Malu, brought up by her grandmother, has only a ghostly memory of her dead mother. And ‘malu’ is also the name of the Samoan woman’s traditional tattoo, and the shame and grief not completing the tattoo ceremony can haunt a life forever. Young Malu, watching the Americans living on the island, sees the modern way, the Nineties discontent overtaking the Sixties notions of an island paradise, whilst hearing tales from the older Samoan women of the old life. Although destined to repeat the patterns of the past, Malu can turn them into vivid stories for the future.



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