Alofa hei t Liebe Alofa hei t auch das widerborstige M dchen, das sich nichts gefallen l t, um ihr zerbrechliches Ich zu sch tzen Umstellt von berlieferten Tabus und Verboten, unbeeindruckt von der Verlogenheit der Erwachsenen, w chst sie auf in ihrer M dchenclique mit Kung Fu Filmen, Wella Apfelshampoo und Cornflakes.Ihr Name ist aber zugleich ein schweres Erbe DieAlofa hei t Liebe Alofa hei t auch das widerborstige M dchen, das sich nichts gefallen l t, um ihr zerbrechliches Ich zu sch tzen Umstellt von berlieferten Tabus und Verboten, unbeeindruckt von der Verlogenheit der Erwachsenen, w chst sie auf in ihrer M dchenclique mit Kung Fu Filmen, Wella Apfelshampoo und Cornflakes.Ihr Name ist aber zugleich ein schweres Erbe Die Familie, die Dorfgemeinschaft setzt Hoffnung in sie, sie kann die Tradition retten Doch dann wird sie eines Abends mit dem Sohn des Pfarres erwischt.Die Wortk nstlerin Sia Figiel l t sich von der m ndlichen Erz hltradition Samoas inspirieren Ihre Sprache ist respektlos wie ihre Heldin, funkelnd wie das quirlige Stadtleben, tiefgr ndig wie die alten Erz hlungen von Geistern und G ttern, von fliegenden Hunden und magischen V geln.
Alofa Alofa hei t Liebe Alofa hei t auch das widerborstige M dchen das sich nichts gefallen l t um ihr zerbrechliches Ich zu sch tzen Umstellt von berlieferten Tabus und Verboten unbeeindruckt von der Ve
I read this book when I visited Tutuila in September of 2001 My father was dying in the ICU of LBJ medical center I had flown in from San Diego to Honolulu to Tutuila the night before I d had litlle sleep and after just a few hours at my dad s bedside, was in dire need of a mental break So I drove to the one bookstore I knew to search for something to distract my tired brain I found this book and started reading I couldn t put it down I had to keep checking the front to make sure that author was [...]
I give Where We Once Belonged 4 stars thanks in part to having some context with which to read this book About a teenaged girl growing up in Samoa, the book may seem a bit disjointed to Western readers a category into which I fall That said, I ve spent a lot of time in Hawaii, a place where Polynesian culture is very much alive The Hawaiian and Samoan languages are very similar, as both are Polynesian languages It wasn t a stretch for me to figure out which letters were different, i.e Alofa and [...]
I read this book because it s rare to find books set in the Pacific Islands, and it is also rare to find many books written by people from the Pacific Islands In the case of this book, we get a short coming of age story centred on a young girl growing up in a poor fale, with little education, very little money, and little contact with, or knowledge, of the outside world Something that I found particularly interesting about the book, is how it really takes this lack of knowledge from the main cha [...]
Captivating, rich unapologetic.
Where We Once Belonged adapts the participative Samoan storytelling form of su ifefiloi to tell the story of Alofa Filiga, an adolescent girl navigating Samoan society and the treacherous waters of near adulthood Su ifefiloi means a woven garland of flowers As a narrative technique, it refers to the stringing together of individual stories or episodes, each separate and unrelated like flower blossoms, but coming together to create a cohesive whole In Where We Once Belonged, unlike in a tradition [...]
Ok, this book totally lost me.Not sure if it was the Samoan language creaping into the English text, or whether it was down to it just not making sense with its mythical fantasy excerpt, which then swifty swung into chapters focusing on abused and ratially discriminated against women.I found the whole thing confusing Way way too many characters that made no impact on me enough to be able to tell you who they were, how they are linked, or why they featured in the story.I m glad to have experience [...]
This book might have been better than I ll rate it by this time in my semester I am tired of books about abused women, ratially discriminated against women, etc and longing for some good old fashined fairy tales So I didn t really enjoy this book Actually, I was somewhat offended by the things that she chose to share, and I ve read some pretty seemy books lately This one just seemed to really rub me the wrong way.
I could not love this, although I tried One star may be a bit harsh, but I can t get to OK.
My favorite novel Love it, love it, love it.
I don t know how to review this book I read it as part of a university paper and I would never have picked it up otherwise It is hard hitting with its content and follows a unique story structure, that breaks away from a traditional western novels linear logic The novel is presented in chapters that are like individual short stories And in fact, the book reads way clearly if you read it as a collection of short stories rather than a novel.It s beautifully written, though at times the prose wou [...]
In Where We Once Belonged, Sia Figiel evokes the Samoan tradition of su ifefiloi, weaving words like a patchwork quilt of poetry And she does this beautifully Where We Once Belonged tells the story of Alofa, a young Samoan girl figuring out her identity within her community and further, her culture Fiegiel explores the selfhood, religion legend, history, colonization, language, love, sexism, parenthood and Westernization all poetically weaved together So much of the novel is written in the Samoa [...]
Samoa People see only surfaces, and that s all You are convinced so much, that you know the surface and that you know some of the layers, but then you come to the end and you are surprised.ocked even We are not living in Lightness Everyone is living in darkness and they don t see it Suicide it is the only way For isn t that what we re all slowly doing anyway Wee kill ourselves slowly Every day Don t cry Leave your tears for the living.
Read for uni It was difficult to follow given that it contained a proliferation of cultural terms that could be defined in a back of book glossary , but this was beneficial in adding to the authenticity of the book While things happened in the book, it didn t really feel like it had a plot like just an anthology of events chucked together It wasn t bad, but it wasn t really my type of book so my review is biased.
I loved the end of this book It brought everything together.
Im Rahmen meiner literarischen Weltreise habe ich mich diesmal nach Samoa begeben und dort das junge M dchen Alofa kennengelernt Sie ist gefangen in einer Welt voller Zw nge und Verbote und steckt zus tzlich mitten in der Pubert t Allerdings handelt es sich nicht um einen Roman, in dem man Alofas Geschichte verfolgen k nnte, sondern um einige Episoden, die nur lose durch ihren Bezug zu Alofa zusammenh ngen Ein Gesamtbild ber sie, ihre Familie, ihr Dorf und Samoa ergibt sich erst ganz am Ende, we [...]
This book was depressing and boring Sia Figiel was born in Western Samoa and moved to New Zealand at the age of 16 She has also studied in the US and American Samoa and has a B.A in History After living and studying overseas she returned to Samoa and found it very hard to fit in This book seeks to overturn the romanticised Western view of the Pacific Islands as places of paradise and it succeeds only too well.The book is set in Samoa and Sia Figiel shows us a community and culture which is patri [...]
Where We Once Belonged is the tale of a Samoan girl coming of age in her small town It is a story of family, of community s, of gender politics, of island life The book weaves Samoan language into the English narrative In the back of the book there is a dictionary that translates some of the words, but by no means all As a non Samoan speaker, I found this both helpful I loved to hear the music of the language and the ways that English morphed into new Samoan vocabulary in the mouths of islanders [...]
et in Samoa where we once belonged is the coming of age story of Alofa, a 13 year old girl growing up in the village of Malaefou I wrote my final year English essay on this, and Perception of Polynesia in literature, so you d think I would have remembered it Well, most parts I did, but there were some I didn t.Alofa is our narrator, we see life through her eyes But there are also songs and poems blended in, a mix of Samoan myth and legend Allowing us a glimpse into life for Samoa A life where I [...]
I read this book as part of a college class on South Pacific Literature I gave it only 2 stars because I didn t really warm to the content or the writing style Where We Once Belonged is a coming of age story of Alofa, a Samoan teenager She goes through the typical stages of adolescence, but probably because her culture is so different from my own, I found it difficult to follow her narrative that seemed to jump ahead, and then backtrack in places The concept however, of I doesn t exists, is intr [...]
Right from the opening sentence, this book signals that it will explore issues that will make some people cringe or react violently against it It s unapologetic and so damn raw I m considering including this into a thesis project next year I loved the sentences and phrases in Samoan that didn t try explain or translate itself like it expected you to know, and if you don t, then tough.I m getting so uninterested in hearing men s voices and this just propelled me further into loving hearing Pasifi [...]
The most surprising thing about this book was how incredibly violent it seems to paint Samoan culture I d always heard that it was pretty violent, but I just thought it was BS based in ignorance But this book might show that there might be truth to it than that, being written by a Samoan woman and all who s proud of her culture.Also, really interesting perspective on individualism Culturally speaking, this book is definitely not written primarily for a Western audience, and it s interesting to [...]
Beautifully written, moving back and forth in time as we follow Alofa, a Samoan girl coming of age in a world that s caught at times between traditional Samoan culture and a westernized way of life The role of women in the culture, and gender roles broadly, is also explored in the purposefully disjointed chapters I ll need to give it a reread because on this first go round a lot of my focus was on flipping between the text and the glossary.
I feel I should have liked this book , but the sequence of tales about childhood in a small Samoan town was dark without a balancing level of investment in the characters themselves The prose veered into mythology and poetry, however I found it distracting rather than intriguing, perhaps missing the buried purpose of these interludes Hoping until the end there would be some kind of forward movement or development for the characters, I came away disappointed.
In the glossary of this novel written in English mostly and Samoan interspersed , there is the definition of su ifefiloi stringing together flowers, a way of telling a story in linked vignettes The novel is a string of stories, sometimes dreamlike, often poetic, told from the point of view of a young girl, which is to say obliquely, with childlike vulnerability, confusion, and poignancy The author is a performance poet and this book would be great to hear performed.
Found it difficult to read, not only because of the domestic violence but also for the amount of Samoan needed to understand much of what was really being said The glossary at the end didn t have all words needed and many were not understandable from context Difficulties aside, it was a fascinating glimpse into life in Samoa At times it read as a performance piece.
I really enjoyed this book This was a great book on modern Samoa from the perspective of a teenage girl circa 70s The narrative form is interesting and travels between the adolescent girl and the other Samoan characters I highly recommend this book to get inside the modern Samoan mentality Caveat this would be a much Western Samoan mentality than an American Samoa.
The glossary in the end was unhelpful, as it contained maybe half the words and none of the phrases I don t feel like we got to know the characters as well as we should have Also, this book needs some sort of family tree When they finally named Lili s attacker I completely blanked out on who he was and why it was so shocking.
Absolutely loved this book It explores life for young people in Tonga, exposing all sorts of social issues Although bleak at times, it is also uplifting, particularly with the loyalty within the relationships portrayed Havent ever read a book set in Tonga so it was very interesting A gritty, good read.
Sia gives her foreign audience true insight into Samoan life The insights are expressed not only through content but primarily through her method of expression The changes in tone throughout the novel give you a real sense of feeling what her character feels.I would recommend this novel to any Westerner who is planning to work in Samoa.