Bought 25 Mar 2008

I got tired of waiting to get hold of a copy of the first book in this delightful trilogy, Breadfruit, and just sat down to read this.  It’s a charming tale – one of those books, like R. K. Narayan or the No 1 Ladies, that is deceptively simple, written in plain language about a more traditional society, but beautifully observed and nuanced.  Life is reasonably tranquil on Tahiti, although a man who does not celebtrate his wife’s radio successes is up for criticism by their whole extended family.  Meanwhile, sons and daughters may travel, but the effects of their behaviour still come home to roost.  Will Pito redeem himself by caring for his family and bringing happiness to his wife, or will their ways continue to diverge? A lovely warm and comforting read.