By Cathie Dunsford

Dive right into a luscious dinner party of language and imagery, laced with Maori proverbs. Cowrie forums a boat sure for Mururoa Atoll through the French nuclear assessments. She is in for a coarse trip. As overseas cognizance is targeted at the Pacific and the surroundings, the stakes upward push. She is joined through Sahara, a tender peace activist from England. yet can she be depended on? Can somebody be relied on? With the wealthy flavours and textures of the island countries, Cathie Dunsford brings us a 3rd novel approximately Cowrie. With sensuous writing and a deep wisdom of the traditions, the reader can think the rock of the ocean, style the meals, and worry the assaults at the peace flotilla.

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The smell was horrendous. I woke with a nasty taste in my mouth. I know this has happened before. It must never happen again. pps. I also dreamed of cooking fish on the beach with you. They were sweet and delicious. That was the night before. We must keep this hope alive too. Your letter really got me thinking. You have set dark barges adrift within me. Thank you for taking me from the safe cocoon of my thoughts into your underwater world. —Sahara. 36 Aroha mai, aroha atu. Love toward us, love going out from us.

Cowrie splashes her feet in the water, revealing magic shards of silver that spring up from the mercury reflected in the moonlight. Sahara is entranced. Floating in a shallow rock pool is a feather starfish, its fairy tentacles lit up by the spray of light reflected in the pond. “She’s dancing in the moonwater. Look at her, so live and free. ” A tear emerges from the corner of Sahara’s eye. Cowrie is moved by the open tenderness of this new creature who has entered her life, so unexpectedly, so sensitively.

Here’s the tail and here’s the head,” says Cowrie, showing them a map of the island in the shape of a fish. ” asks Maata. ” Cowrie finishes the tale and asks them each to tell a story about Maui, whom they all know and love because he is the trickster, the wise fool, the coyote of their ancestry. They like it when he assumes different shapes and especially when he does so to spy on his parents. That is always calculated to get their attention. 28 The afternoon rolls on, the kohanga kids eventually retiring to draw their own impressions of Maui fishing up the land from the ocean and pulling back the sun to slow it down.

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