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The Girl in the Moon Circle

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  11 reviews

The Girl in the Moon Circle, like the cover drawing, shows Samoan life through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl called Samoana. Though young, Samoana is perceptive, not much escapes her analysis. She tells us about school, church, friends, family violence, having refrigerators and television for the first time, Chunky cat food, a Made-in-Taiwan Jesus, pay day, cricket, crus

Paperback, 134 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Institute of Pacific Studies
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This book, by a Samoan author about the life of a young Samoan girl, will be best enjoyed by a local audience. It isn’t often that I find a book to be truly lost in translation – especially when that book was actually written in English (though with untranslated Samoan words sprinkled liberally throughout) – and I intend no criticism of the book simply because it isn’t written for me; it isn’t this author’s job to write books in an American style. That said, I wish I’d seen a review before choos ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm reading this for the summer reading requirement given to the 9th graders. If I'm teaching them, I better know the books.

This novella is made up of the fragmented pieces of Samoan life through the eyes of 10-year-old Samoana, or Ana. Her vignettes sway through her village and talk about both the everyday challenges of living (school, friends, having refrigerators and televisions for the first time, crushes on boys), to the harder realities that she can't be shielded from (incest, family viole
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me irritated, made me angry, made me sad, made me remember my cheerful childhood, and made me wanting more. I love how Sia Figiel opens and ends the book with a children's song. The beginning made me remember my childhood when I was 6-10 years old (I'm not Samoan, but I grew up in American Samoa). Each page always left me eager to find out what happens next because the chapters are short and poem-like. I enjoyed reading this so much. I wrote my first bo ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a tale about a 10 year old girl, Samoana, and her childhood in Samoa. It's part poem, part prose, part mythology, and part native song, with Western commercialism thrown in for good measure. It's both spiritual and physical, evoking symbolism found in the natural world to explore a childhood filled with awe, violence, incest, love, hatred, and rebellion against religion. The book explores the clash and intermingling of Samoan and Western cultures as seen through the eyes of an innoc ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pas mal, dépaysant - l'histoire se passe dans les îles Samoa, un pays dont on entend peu parler, c'est intéressant d'en découvrir un petit bout, même si c'est un petit bout assez violent, avec aussi un coup d'oeil sur des questions assez universelles de passage de l'enfance à l'adolescence - les deux imbriqués, ça marche vraiment bien, ça percute.
Mais pourquoi, pourquoi les phrases et mots en samoan n'ont-ils pas été traduits pour les non samoanphone (?)? Je trouve que ça fait un peu beaucoup "a
Leslie Ann
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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A decent read for my AtW challenge (Samoa). Although the protagonist is 10 years old, I think the book is written for an older audience. In addition, I could definitely see how the prose - though not always smooth - was designed to be orally performed.
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone, young adults
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Sia Fiegal came to my school years ago and did a talk and man, did it go down well - she was the best speaker and had the audience in hysterics the whole time. As a result, this book was constantly checked out from the school library, which was pretty rare since hardly anyone read volunteerily. It's about a ten year old girl in Samoa (semi autobiographical) and is totally amazing and I recommend it to all my overseas pals, because I don't know many people outside of New Zealand who know this fin ...more
Lani Young
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book that showed me what is possible when a Samoan woman has the courage and creativity to write - with truth, humor and honesty. Funny, sad, cutting, pivotal insight. I use this book with my students in my English classes. Highly recommend this one.
Mollie Chamberlain
Jan 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
An intersting story about life in Western Samoa (small Pacific Island country where I studied abroad.
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Made me laugh awoia malo Sia!
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Wonderful portrayal of life of a Samoan girl. Also, I have met Sia-- her readings of this book were so powerful. Try reading it aloud.
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Sia Figiel was born in 1967. Author of novels, plays, and poetry, she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Pacific Islands, and has had residencies at the University of Technology in Sydney, the East-West Center in Hawaii, the Pacific Writing Forum at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and Logoipulotu College in Savaii. She is also known as a performance poet and has appeared at se ...more
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