Tonga: Myths, Legends, and War

As it seems to be like with islands in the Pacific, it is difficult to find books from these countries, and I was only able to find one from Tonga. Luckily, this is a book that can actually be found online. I was eagerly waiting for the physical book to arrive, but it took its … Continue reading Tonga: Myths, Legends, and War

Micronesia: Stories from an Island

I knew of a few books from Micronesia when I started this challenge, but I simply could not get hold of one. Then I saw that a new anthology was written and I was about to order it when I by accident found that Australian National University’s Open Research Library had uploaded The Book of … Continue reading Micronesia: Stories from an Island

Palau: Anthropological View of the Country and Its People

Small, exotic, tropical, island after island… That is Palau to me. There are several hundred small islands in the Micronesia region, but there are only about 20 000 Palauans. No wonder it has been a struggle to find a book written by a Palauan. I still have not succeeded, do not know if one exists, … Continue reading Palau: Anthropological View of the Country and Its People

Samoa: Growing up in a World of Confusion

Were We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel is a coming of age book about Alofa Filiga, but at the same time in tackles one of the most common subjects in the world: colonialism. I can honestly say it is one of the most important subjects in the world, it has had such an impact on … Continue reading Samoa: Growing up in a World of Confusion

Papua New Guinea: How to Deal with Dimdims and Yourself

I had no expectations at all. None. The coolest thing however is that someone from PNG shares my name! An old Scandinavian name and a Pacific author just happens to be called Regis Tove Stella. Naturally, I could not pass on this chance to read a book by him, so that is how I ended … Continue reading Papua New Guinea: How to Deal with Dimdims and Yourself

New Zealand: Love and Violence Wrapped Up in Maori Myth and Legend

I am extremely interested in New Zealand and its culture. It is so far away, yet so familiar in many ways. It is however hard to find literature from New Zealand. I keep my eyes open, and I have asked the library to get some books, but nothing happens. Luckily, I found The Bone People … Continue reading New Zealand: Love and Violence Wrapped Up in Maori Myth and Legend

Marshall Islands: Interesting Legends

Marshall Islands have many stories to tell, and many storytellers to tell these stories, but these stories are told, not read. The book has 50 of these oral stories told by 18 storytellers from eight different islands and atolls. These stories are filled with tradition, values, and customs from the different islands. Marshall Islands Legends … Continue reading Marshall Islands: Interesting Legends

Fiji: An Untouched Subject

I thought Fiji would be one of the countries I would not find  a book from, but it was in fact quite easy to find one. The selection was obviously not wide, and that is why I ended up reading something different from everything else I’ve ever read: Kisses in the Nederends by Epeli Hauʻofa. … Continue reading Fiji: An Untouched Subject

Australia: The Universal Quest for One’s Place in the World

The great Australian classic, Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, takes us back to the 1940s to 1960s  to a house on Cloudstreet, where two poor families, the Lams and the Pickles, lived. The books reminds me of many Irish family sagas I have read. The families are poor, there are alcoholics, religious people, someone bets on horses, … Continue reading Australia: The Universal Quest for One’s Place in the World