Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

A New Zealand Story

Book - 2008
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In this extraordinary book, which grows out of decades of research, Thompson explores the meaning of cross-cultural contact and the fascinating history of Europeans in the South Pacific, beginning with Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand in 1642 and James Cook's famous circumnavigations of 1769-79. Transporting us back and forth in time and around the world, from Australia to Hawaii to tribal NewZealand and finally to a house in New England that has ghosts of its own, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All brings to life a lush variety of characters and settings. Yet at its core, it is the story of two people who, in making a life and a family together, bridge the gap between two worlds.
Published: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781596911260
Branch Call Number: 993.01 THO
Characteristics: xiv, 270 p. :,maps ;,22 cm.


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Dec 22, 2015

Superbly written. A fascinating read covering both a snapshot of the Maori today and a history unknown by many North Americans and Europeans. There were many beautifully written passages of "first contact" and its effects on both sides that I will be pondering far into the future.

Feb 13, 2015

Not a typical history lesson, but a personal journey across 2 cultures. Excellent read!

Apr 10, 2013

I read this book hoping to learn more about New Zealand and Maori culture and history. I got that and more. A very interesting read that also tells one persons' story of love and marriage.

Oct 15, 2012

This book surprised me, which surprised me. Where I was expecting something almost cool, something scientic in tone, I was, instead, pulled into a rather personal exploration of the collision of cultures. The stories are very well researched, written, and interwoven. Christina Thompson shares her discoveries of the missed cues, misunderstood motives, and the reactions that further muddle up the meetings of abruptly different points of view. I learned far more than I had expected to. It's a good read. I recommend it.


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