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In this new novel acclaimed Maori novelist Patricia Grace visits the often terrifying and complex world faced by men of the Maori Battalion in Italy during World War II. Tu is proud of his name - the Maori god of war. But for the returned soldier there's a shadow over his own war experience in Italy. Three brothers went to war, but only one returned - Tu is the sole surviv ...more
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Published January 1st 2005 by University of Hawaii Press (first published January 2004)
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Feb 24, 2015 Annabelle rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Honestly, I don't have a lot to say about this book. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It was just okay. Up until about 60% of the way through, it held very little interest for me. Even though half of it was written in diary form, I still felt as though I barely knew any of the characters. As for the plot, I've never read a war novel, but I certainly expected it to be a bit more...gripping. Tu, the author of the diary, says at the end that he mostly wrote while he was waiting or resting, basic ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Ferris rated it it was amazing
I know, I know.....another war novel. No it is not. This is a story set during WWII, featuring the Maori Battalion of New Zealand. This is more than a war story. This story is told via the protagonist's journal kept during the war and afterwards. This is the story of brothers and cousins bound together by blood and culture. This is the story of loves found and lost. This is the story of the cost of war. This is the story of a culture which was used and manipulated. This is the story of a proud c ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Linley rated it really liked it
It's taken me a while to build up to a Patricia Grace, however I finally picked up a book (war was a random choice, not my favourite genre) and settled in. If you are looking for a wide read across authors I would recommend this book to you. Her detail, her ability to conjure up the scenes and the way she weaves in and out and around are very skilled. The story (read the other reviews for more info) is heartbreaking and so real. It made me rant against the futility of war, the waste caused by ot ...more
Kelly Dunagan
Tu relates the experiences of three brothers who join the Maori Battalion in World War II and end up fighting together in a nightmarish campaign in Italy. In some ways it's a typical horrors-of-war story. But it is couched in an exploration of the Maori people's struggle to find a place in 20th century New Zealand.

The story is told in a largely non-linear fashion, interspersing Tu's memories and diary entries from the war with third-person narration of the family's pre-war life in Wellington. Gr
Mohmed Abd el salam
استفزني العنوان اول شئ .. تيو .. ثم هي رواية عن الحرب فهي إذن من النوع المفضل لدي حيث صدق المشاعر الإنسانية وتجرد الإنسان من كل شئ سوى وجوده ، توقعت في البداية أن أجد فيها عبق " كل شئ هادئ على البر الغربي " والتي قرأتها منذ أعوام .

لكن مع الصفحات الأولى تفاجئك الكاتبة بالطريقة التي تنظر بها إلى الحرب ، تصور بتريشيا جريس الحرب من منظور الشاب المراهق الشجاع الذي يريد إثبات ذاته بالإنتماء إلى كتيبة جنود الماوري الشجعان الذن خرجوا يحملون رسالة تحرير العالم في الحرب العالمية الثانية !

والجنود وقت الرا
Mar 16, 2011 Ngaire rated it really liked it
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This book broke my heart. Tu, Pita and Rangi are brothers who join the Maori Battalion during WWII and end up fighting mostly in Italy, which I think is where a lot of New Zealand soldiers saw most of their action (although one of my grandfathers spent most of the war in the Solomon Islands which I think was even more godawful than the war in Europe). Tu explores the experience of army life as well as the family's life before the war - the damaged father who never recovered from the trauma of Wo ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Trina rated it really liked it
This is a touching story of Maori culture in New Zealand and the Maori Battalion in World War 2. I found the Maori traditions at their homes in the countryside fascinating, as well as the chants, dancing and songs which they continued to practice even after moving to the city, and of course also in the war, which was in no way theirs--the seemed to feel they should join for glory. It reminded me a bit of "Three Day Road" by a Canadian First Nation native. The author is a well-known Maori writer.
Mar 16, 2015 Kookie rated it liked it
3.8. I couldn't really get into this until the last third of it. So 3 stars for the majority and 4 stars for the end.
شيماء فؤاد
دخلوا حربا ليست حربهم
حالمين بالمجد و المساواة
دفعوا الثمن باهظا لنيل حقوق المواطنة و الشرف فى بلدهم الأم
فهل تحقق لهم ما أرادوا ؟

" الحرب فى هزائمها و انتصاراتها تحدث شرخا فى الحياة
بحيث لا تعود مطلقا كالسابق " باتريشيا جريس

عرضى للكتاب فى موقع محيط
في رائعة باتريشيا جريس "تيو" .. لا شئ يعود كما هو بعد الحرب
Aug 01, 2008 Liz rated it it was amazing
This is a mostly fictional account of the Mauri Battalion during WWII. Prior to picking up this book, which I found on a friends bookshelf, I had no idea that there was a Mauri Battalion. Patricia Grace does a great job of sharing the thoughts and feelings of those fighting--apparently she did lots of research and her father was a member of the Mauri Battalion. Tu, the main character, writes a journal in which he records where they are, what he is feeling, memories of home and much more. It is a ...more
Mallee Stanley
Mar 01, 2016 Mallee Stanley rated it liked it
This was a great insight into not only Maori life, but the war experience and the after effects.
Aug 12, 2009 Olivia rated it did not like it
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Robyn Smith
May 26, 2011 Robyn Smith rated it it was amazing
A wonderfrul book. I learnt so much about the battles in Crete in WW2 and also about life in Wgtn in the 40s. How patricia Grace can confidently and deftly speak with a man's voice is beyond me, but she does. Definiely one of NZ's greatest writers.
Aug 04, 2011 Jeremy rated it did not like it
it's not necessarily a bad book, but i couldn't stay interested in it for the life of me. good luck should you choose to read it, or any other of patricia grace's books for that matter. they are all fairly similar.
Jul 30, 2011 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Maori Saving Private Ryan" - well, no, not really. But an excellent novel based on the exploits of three brothers in the Maori Battalion in WWII.
Justin Paul
Jan 12, 2011 Justin Paul rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-zealand
Read for work as it will be a teaching text at Year 12 for us (hi Victoria, Averill and Simonetta....). It's prob a 2.5 stars...
Tara Hughes
Jul 01, 2013 Tara Hughes rated it it was amazing
Great history lesson, beautifully written as always with P Grace. So much respect for the Maori Battalion.
May 17, 2013 Bronwyn rated it really liked it
Different from Patricia Grace's novels, but just as rewarding. And the writing is excellent.
Apr 13, 2008 Jessie rated it really liked it
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Great novel, based on the NZ Maori battalion in WWII. Patricia Grace writes good.
Oct 31, 2014 Lizie rated it really liked it
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An inspiring book about family love and loyalty and the awfulness of war.
Peter Hunter
Jan 19, 2016 Peter Hunter rated it it was amazing
Spoke to me of my tupuna and the WW II experiences of many Kiwis
Noha Basiouny
كانت في البداية شيقة.. ثم أصبحت تفاصيل الحرب مملة وبلا معنى
Dec 30, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it
War wastes so many lives.
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Patricia Grace is a major New Zealand novelist, short story writer and children’s writer, of Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa descent, and is affiliated to Ngati Porou by marriage. Grace began writing early, while teaching and raising her family of seven children, and has since won many national and international awards, including the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for fiction, the Deutz M ...more
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