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Monday's Warriors

(New Zealand Wars #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
"Between one luckless general and the next there is a fleck of fable in history's eye called Kimball Bent."

What a fleck and what a fable! Frontier tales don't come much wilder or woolier than this rollicking, riveting story of Kimball Bent, born in Eastport, Maine, and dragooned into Her Majesty's army in the middle of the last century. Sent off to subdue the restless Maor

Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 6th 1994 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published 1990)
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May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shadbolt explores Maori protagonists more deeply in Mondays Warriors. Titokowaru is a fascinating character - a charismatic leader, deeply spiritual yet flawed. New Zealand historians have praised Maori tacticians claiming they have been misrepresented by colonial accounts not not merely beaten and subdued. Titokowaru was a skillful warrior and dominated skirmishes with colonists. Although the Maori's ultimately always fled to the bush and mountains when outnumbered and outgunned. Eventually war ...more
Anne Williams
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Compelling story from the NZ land wars, with the central character being Kimball Bent, an ex US soldier who found himself in the British Army, fighting Maori rebels in Taranaki in the mid 19th century. He deserts the army and finds sanctuary of a sort with local tribes. The central characters in this novel are historical figures - no idea how much the story and the battles are historically accurate but Maurice Shadbolt is a renowned NZ author and there is likely to be a lot of validity to many o ...more
Valerie Hoff
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book grabbed me...really funny. Based on some bits of history. I grabbed at the library, liked the jacket, then realized the story was about a man from Maine who ended up in NZ in the late 1800's and became part of the tribal wars with Tikoho. Really must find another book by Shadbolt. Would recommend it to anyone with any interest in NZ.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
copied and pasted from "KIRKUS REVIEW

� An American deserts Queen Victoria's army to cast his lot with Maoris fighting to keep their rightful share of New Zealand--in another historical novel by the author of Season of the Jew (1987), etc. Wary readers will encounter none of the bogus reverence that is the curse of most American aboriginal epics in this dry, mildly overlong story of the Maoris' hopeless fight to hold off total European settlement and dominance of their island. The only American t
A great story with a great cast. The story was full of sass and snark, and could easily read as a conversation between siblings taunting, "I'm not touching you. I'm not touching you." The language was unusually old-fashioned, making the book feel like it had been written in 1890 instead of 1990, which was somewhat offputting. A fantastic read for anyone interested in New Zealand history. I worry that the writing style might be too off-putting for those not already determined to read it. Which is ...more
Mister Jones
Apr 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: global danger seekers
Recommended to Mister Jones by: no one: library roulette
Here's a little a gem of a book.

I'll try to remember as far as my cerebellum can ignite my nerve receptors with serotonin:

The setting is New Zealand of the 1800s.A rebellious British soldier deserts his troop after a few run ins with his superiors. He hooks up with the Maori,who are in a war with the British; he pretty much finds his own little paradise, gets a Maori woman, and has to deal with a few of his own cultural conflicts such as attempting to bring himself to practicing cannibalism.

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Apr 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was a hard slog to get through. I would not have persisted had I not loved the first in the trilogy, House of Strife, and had the third in my library. It was like being in the movie Groundhog Day but without Annie Mcdowall or the laughs. Nothing happened that I can recall just the same musing over and over in the same style of writing. Best thing about it was finishing.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Different war; different narrator (an English deserter serving with the Maori 'rebels'. Again Shadbolt makes his Maori characters sound like crosses between Yoda and Jake the Muss. But who knows? Maybe they did back in the 1860s. Drives home just how futile, yet important, Maori resistance was to the colonists. Rated PG for adult themes, war themes and infrequent coarse language. 3.5/5
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, world-lit
Maybe better because I read it while in New Zealand, but I really enjoyed this. A bit crude and funny, this is a great story of native courage in the face of white imperialism, with a little New England flavor thrown in. Even better that it's based on a true story! NZ keeps getting better and better.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of those bumbling soldier novels. American Kimball Bent goes AWOL from the British Army, winds up a warrior in a Maori tribe as the New Zealanders try to fight off the empire. Really enjoyable. Bent is an actual historical figure, brought to life here. Fun.
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Maurice Shadbolt was a major New Zealand fiction writer and playwright. He published numerous novels and collections of short fiction, as well as novellas, non-fiction, and a play. His writing often drew on his own family history. Shadbolt won several fellowships and almost every major literary prize, some more than once. He was capped Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Auckland in ...more

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New Zealand Wars (3 books)
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