Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story

Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story

Christina Thompson

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1596911271

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"A multilayered, highly informative and insightful book that blends memoir, historical and travel narrative…vivid and meticulously researched."―San Francisco Chronicle

In this involving, compassionate memoir, Christina Thompson tells the story of her romance and eventual marriage to a Maori man, interspersing it with a narrative history of the cultural collision between Westerners and the Maoris of New Zealand.

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in particular, but for Polynesians as a whole. Perhaps I should hardly have been surprised, then, to find that when Seven arrived in Boston, he attracted a similar sort of admiration. Far from being snubbed or patronized, everywhere we went he was the belle of the ball. People peppered him with questions about who he was and where he’d come from, what he did for a living, where he’d grown up, what kind of foods they ate in New Zealand, what languages they spoke. Women, especially, gravitated to

film, that was it.” The killing was entirely senseless. The four young men had entered the house while the victim, his wife, and their children were sleeping. They had started to grab things apparently at random—some golf shoes, bizarrely, and a cotton bag—but they made too much noise and the victim woke and rushed out to see what was happening. Two of the intruders bolted as soon as the lights came on, but one remained long enough to get caught, at which point the fourth and youngest grabbed a

sweater in black and gray. “There,” I said. “That should keep you cozy.” “Oh, Chris,” she said, giving me a hug. She was already old when I first met her, though she was still climbing up and down the embankment at the age of seventy-eight. I knew, of course, she couldn’t live forever, but I hadn’t expected her to die—not yet, and not when I was so far away. 12 Hawaiki During that year in Boston I struck up a correspondence with an old friend of my parents. They had all grown up together in

had gotten a job, but it was not much of one, and I had my grants and some freelance income. But it amounted to almost nothing when you consider what it costs to live. In fact, the underwriters queried my application: why does she need $500,000 when she only makes $15,000 a year? Oh that, I told them. We’re in something of an unusual situation just now. What I didn’t tell them is that we’d been in this unusual situation, or one just like it, for most of the past fifteen years. Another thing the

Marion’s lieutenant and the commander of his storeship, however, felt that their captain placed too much confidence in the Maoris’ goodwill. The lieutenant, particularly, thought he detected “a species of underlying ferocity” in their behavior. They “treated us to a great many endearments,” he wrote, but “when we permitted them to place their lips, either upon our hands or our faces, they sucked the flesh with a surprising greediness.” One day, when the French had been in the bay for about a

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