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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

(Once were warriors trilogy #2)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  295 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The raw and powerful sequel to Once Were Warriors.
It is six years since Jake's daughter Grace hanged herself. Jake's wife, Beth, has left him, his son Nig was killed in a gangland fight - his only consolations are drink and his memories. His daughter Polly is determined to escape the violence that is destroying the Maoris. But can Jake, too, redeem himself?
Paperback, Once were warriors trilogy, part II, 216 pages
Published June 5th 1997 by Vintage (first published December 16th 1996)
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Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alan Duff's follow up to Once Were Warriors follows a carefuly crafted redemption arc. It's a novel largely set within the realm of reflection, rumination, slow-burning realization and eventual exoneration. The first half of the novel is dominated by interior monologue, some of which rivals anything which can be found in the precursor novel. It is a highly worthwhile read and a worthy sequel to Once Were Warriors. It's truly a shame that the film sequel was such a mismatched, half-baked affair ( ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
A very emotionally demanding read - as hard to put down as it is to pick up!
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Starting 6 years after Once Were Warriors, we follow Jake the Muss as he cleans up his act and tries to make amends for the terrible life he led before. We are introduced to a bunch of new characters such as Mulla Rota, a Brown Fist who is experiencing love for the first time and starting to realize that the gang life is a dead end; the Douglas brothers Kohi and Gary, who are like nicer versions of Jake. They show him how to live a more honorable life. We also get the story of ...more
Pre holiday read before our trip to NZ on Thursday- excellent book, great audio!
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Here's the thing: a sequel to a fantastic first (book or movie) invariably disappoints. The biggest fault of What Becomes of the Broken Hearted is that it doesn't make the same splash Once Were Warriors did. It's impossible to capture charisma in a bottle twice going.

That said, the story picks up from where we left off with Jake and Beth. It's a suitable, expected set of consequences following the sequence of events ignited by Grace, and flows movingly enough. Jake's struggles to be a better ma
Jun 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book gives you the themes of redemption and Life. After the traumatic drama with the death of Jake's daughter. Jake starts to clean up his act and find some sort of inner-peace. Meanwhile Beth is finding her way as well, being ALL-WOMAN... inspirational.
Conrad Mason
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
A good followup to Once were Warriors. This one was abit less brutal and 'raw' but found it interesting. This story more focussed on Jake seeking redemption and a better life after what happened in the first novel. Recommend for those who have read once were warriors or seen the movie
Jul 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zealand
The sequal to 'Once were Warriors' where Jake turns to pighunting and Beth makes a respectable marriage (but misses the raw passion of Jake). If you can handle Once were warriors then this is not a bad read although it is a bit bleak.
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Once were Warriors and shows that time and love can bring dome healing to the broken hearted.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Suitably harrowing in the style of Once Were Warriors
Jun 25, 2015 added it
In the following year after Graces death, Jake goes back to drink with the boys. In one night their was a gang fight against the Hawks and the Toa gang
Ketan Shah
The sequel to Once Were Warriors.,Works well when read back to back with the first book.
LaVerne Clark
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not as powerful as Once Were Warriors, but still a really good, thought-provoking book worthy of a re-read. The Heke family will live in my heart and mind forever.
Excellent sequel which answered the many questions left at the end of the previous novel of, what would become, the Once Were Warriors trilogy.
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The sequel to Once Were Warriors. It is as powerful, detailed and gritty. Well-written in a terse, concise manner. He manages to show their humanity in spite of their deeds.
Ryan Kennedy
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amazing book, as good as Once Were Warriors.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A heartbreaking account of Maori life in New Zealand. A follow up to the acclaimed Once were Warriors, but every bit as moving as the first book. Recommend.
Michael Heath-Caldwell
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-zealand
Very interesting, well written book.
Karl Royce
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even Jake the Muss regrets his shite life and he was the one with the most promise for not caring, ever.
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Alan Duff (born October 26, 1950, Rotorua, New Zealand) is a New Zealand novelist and newspaper columnist, most well known as the author of Once Were Warriors. He began to write full-time in 1985.

He tried writing a thriller as his first novel, but it was rejected. He burned the manuscript and started writing Once Were Warriors, which had an immediate and great impact. The novel is written in juxta

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