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
� 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 ...more
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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