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[Reading] ➳ Where We Once Belonged ➻ Sia Figiel –

Where We Once BelongedAlofa 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.

[Reading] ➳ Where We Once Belonged ➻ Sia Figiel –
  • Taschenbuch
  • 256 pages
  • Where We Once Belonged
  • Sia Figiel
  • German
  • 02 March 2017
  • 9783293202061

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➳ Where We Once Belonged ➻ Sia Figiel –

  1. says:

    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 in fact a Samoan To say I was captivated was an understatement The fictional character mirrored so much of my experience growing up that I found myself crying, angry and an emotional wreck by the time I was finished I went to check on my dad at the hospital and found that he had requested to be discharged so he could be home with me So we took him home I later decided to call my old high school because I read that Sia at that point was teaching at my old high school of all places I chanced it bc I so wanted this woman to autograph my book before I left for the mainland again A young voice answered and said, Just a moment, because I had asked if may speak to Sia Figel For a second I thought, I d lost all my freaking marbles What Now Sia answered stating her name And I went i...

  2. says:

    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 character s point of view, and gives us lots of insight into it We see them try to piece together the puzzle that is the greater world, with only half of the pieces It s because of this naivety, and the slight epiphanies that begin to occur, that make the main character really interesting and real to me You can feel the frustration on their part as knowledge is withheld from them.Something else that s quite interesting and unique about the book is its storytelling tech...

  3. says:

    This book won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Fiction in South East Asia and Pacific 1997 so I was excited about reading my first Samoan novel written by a Samoan woma There is no doubt this novel deserves the pr ize, but it is dark and violent on the back cover the word brutal is used for the story and so not something I enjoyed It is a coming of age story of Alofa who starts at 13 but much of this book is when she is close to 17, and yet some of it is from many different times Some of it is told in poetry, although it is a novel Some of it is told in the traditional Samoan story telling style which to a Pacific Northwest born and raised person is difficult to follow at times, not to mention that the little glossary was woefully inadequate, even though there were times when translation was given.Alofa which means love lives in a part of Samoan culture not sure if this prevailed all over Samoa w...

  4. says:

    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 Aloha are the same things, just in Samoan an F is used wherein Hawaiian a H would be used Also, the glossary in the back was super helpful.What s unique, and a bit challenging, about Where We Once Belonged is that it is a novel, which is a Western invention, written by a Samoan voice using Samoan culture, which is very much not Western As a result, the novel can seem at times, incoherent and off, as many non Western novels can appear to Western audiences.That said, Figiel does a great job at capturing what it s like to be a teenaged girl growing up in a culture that is struggling to keep its traditional values while claiming some pla...

  5. says:

    Captivating, rich unapologetic.

  6. says:

    Great book dealing with cultural identity and the role of women within this cultural background I ve enjoyed learning a bit about Samoan mythology.

  7. says:

    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 traditional bildungsroman with its characteristic single transformative episode, anecdotes and poetry follow one another without regard to order or continuity The story emerges slowly, and there are a multitude of turning points This piecemeal style is particularly well suited to a portrayal of adolescence, teetering on the edge of a...

  8. says:

    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 experie...

  9. says:

    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...

  10. says:

    I could not love this, although I tried One star may be a bit harsh, but I can t get to OK.

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