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RONALD WRIGHT'S EXPLORATION OF THE FIJI ISLANDS BEGINS IN THE FIJI MUSEUM WHERE A CAPTION IDENTIFIES THE OBJECT DISPLAYED AS THE "FORK USED IN EATING MR BAKER". PERHAPS NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD IS THERE A CULTURE THAT HAS COME THROUGH THE COLONIAL EXPERIENCE WITHOUT BEING DEEPLY SCARRED BY IT:IN ONLY A HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE WESLEYAN MISSIONARY BAKER WAS EATEN BY NATIVES ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published July 7th 1987 by Penguin Books (first published 1986)
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Back in 1986, before the Fiji coups which prevented Indian parties from taking power, Ronald Wright spent a month or so in Fiji and wrote this honest view of what he saw. It is well-written, it is easily-read, and it gives a kind of “one-month-in-Fiji” day by day description of an interesting place. He filled out his travel experience with some decent portions of Fijian history and 20th century politics. Somehow, though, it left this reader feeling a certain lack
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Ronald Wright is a Canadian author who has written books of travel, history and fiction. His nonfiction includes the bestseller Stolen Continents, winner of the Gordon Montador Award and chosen as a book of the year by the Independent and the Sunday Times. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was chosen a book of the year by the Globe and Mail, the ...more