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After reading Once Were Warriors I wanted to read more about the Maori. This book is loosely based on a true historical figure he followed the same journey but the details of his life were fictionalized. The main character Arthur Alesworth escapes slavery to board a whaling vessel. This leads him to New Zealand where he then is able to join a Maori cannibal tribe. The author does a good job of weaving historical detail into the story, however the story gets weak toward the end. All in all still ...more
So far like the 'based on a true story' of an escaped slave arriving in New Zealand in early 1800s, has the feel of historic authenticity plus all the prerequisites for a good story: power greed love hate sex food death community suvival and so on.