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Island of Shattered Dreams (review)

Island of Shattered Dreams (review) 190 the contemporary pacifi c • 21:1 (2009) Island of Shattered Dreams, by interspersed with poetic outpourings Chantal T Spitz. Translated by Jean at moments of emotional stress (births, Anderson. Wellington, nz: Huia Press, separations, realizing new loves) and 2007. Distributed by University of takes as its historical beginning the Hawai‘i Press, Honolulu. isbn departure of the son, Tematua, to 978-1-86969-299-5. 163 pages. fi ght for France in World War Two. Paper, us$19.00. This and the subsequent movements of Tematua’s children are framed by How diffi cult it is to assess a pio- competing epigraphs: the Polynesian neering literary work. It is ahead and Biblical creation stories, and a of its time when it appears, marks historical prophecy about the “fatal an awakening occasioned by things impact” of colonial contact. already past, and yet is so much of The importance of names is high- its time that later readers can have lighted by the narrator, making clear trouble appreciating its signifi cance the impulse to employ allegory, both as a contribution that cleared the way in the sense of the central couple for the works and cultural conditions representing Tahiti as a whole, and with which audiences today are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Island of Shattered Dreams (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2009

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2009 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

190 the contemporary pacifi c • 21:1 (2009) Island of Shattered Dreams, by interspersed with poetic outpourings Chantal T Spitz. Translated by Jean at moments of emotional stress (births, Anderson. Wellington, nz: Huia Press, separations, realizing new loves) and 2007. Distributed by University of takes as its historical beginning the Hawai‘i Press, Honolulu. isbn departure of the son, Tematua, to 978-1-86969-299-5. 163 pages. fi ght for France in World War Two. Paper, us$19.00. This and the subsequent movements of Tematua’s children are framed by How diffi cult it is to assess a pio- competing epigraphs: the Polynesian neering literary work. It is ahead and Biblical creation stories, and a of its time when it appears, marks historical prophecy about the “fatal an awakening occasioned by things impact” of colonial contact. already past, and yet is so much of The importance of names is high- its time that later readers can have lighted by the narrator, making clear trouble appreciating its signifi cance the impulse to employ allegory, both as a contribution that cleared the way in the sense of the central couple for the works and cultural conditions representing Tahiti as a whole, and with which audiences today are

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 11, 2009

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