Danielle Lovette

what is the main theme in this story

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Richard Taylor Tales of the Tikongs is a set of several stories. His main themes are the hypocrisy of both the colonized and colonizers in the Pacific mainly (but it reflects Postcolonial patterns elsewhere). The stories all are more or less structured around a Biblical or theme or a religious book (one story is 'Pilgrim's Progress' which is also the title of a famous classic by John Buchan so Hau'Offa knows his writing. One chap in the book founds a church: he was born to the sound of bells so he finds he has a great ability with bells, with summoning animals, but then he finds he can attract people, then he is able to get them, with a particular sounding bell, to contribute money. So he build a Church. It is brilliantly done. The Island is mythical and represents a general Island. His stories have some similarity to Albert Wendt's 'Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree'. Albert is Samoan, (living in NZ); Hau'Offa was born in Papa New Guinea and lived in Tonga. Both use humour and satire. Hau'Offa is more 'mythical' ... a little more general. But they are best read together if possible.
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