(E–pub READ) Breadfruit

Ables It does have a lot in common with that book actually It takes place in a rural place the kind of town where 12 the population are your cousins and veryone knows veryone s business It s also very domestic and women focused but issues related to larger political structures like colonization came up many times Told in pisodes that are almost short stories the main narrative push is whether Materena will marry her long term partner with whom she has 3 kids although there are plenty of side stories as you get a glimpse of the lives of other characters There are also some cool legends and stories told by older folks within the novel I was pleasantly surprised to see some casual inclusion of both ueer and trans characters The only thing I didn t understand was that her ventual husband was mostly a useless lazy bozo although he did love her But he doesn t really take up much narrative space After reading Vaite s first novel Frangipani I had high hopes and xpectations for her second in this group on novels Where the first seemed to follow a linear storyline and mode of telling the story between mother and daughter this felt like a series of short stories Each is leading to Materena s real desire for Pito to be serious in his proposal to her not to mention her hope that this means that he really loves her in a truly romantic sense This romantic hope threads through ach story nicely and lends to the whimsical look at Matarena s Tahitian culture all the The book is very light hearted and warm which makes it asy for readers to love Matarena and hope for her best Having felt a connection with her first book because of the time I d spent in Hawaii and how similar some of the references d spent in and how similar some of the cultural references relationships seemed I njoyed watching ach character develop The story unfolded in these shorter chapters but I ll admit that sometimes this lost my attention as I wanted ach story to tie directly to Matarena s desire for Pito to marry her The stories didn t necessarily all have to do with the relationship per se but built around them to show us the community and family they lived among Although it didn t grab me in the same way as the first book I still really njoyed the novel and feel that Vaite has an important voice in telling stories that show us Tahitians and their vibrant and amazing culture In Breadfruit a seuel to Frangipani we find Materena Mahi planning for a fabulous wedding after receiving a wedding proposal from

a drunken pito 
drunken Pito may have forgotten his original proposal the morning after Although the couple and their three children have been together for fourteen years this is the first time she is planning a wedding As she visits with various friends and family members we get a feel for what rural life in Tahiti is like while she is busy gathering helpful advice from her friends and family about planning for her weddingThe story is full of uirky characters told in short chapters about the A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, exploits of Materena and her family and friends It is filled with lots of funny tales that will have you chuckling out loud I usually don t read this kind of books This one was a wildcard I chose from a bargain bin Now I love that bargain bin maybe I should have bought books because this one was great Materena is annchanting character I find her resourceful and independent so I am The Shadow Reader excited to see whatlse she will do in other books This was a delightful reading and I look forward to read of Materena s adventure. Lative is giving her advice and Materena is finding it hard to juggle her family her job and the plans for the wedding And it doesn't help that the groom to be seems to have forgotten his proposal Suddenly she's not ven sure that she really wants that ring on her finger after al. Celestine Vaite rocks With a light hearted hand she tells a very realistic story of the lives of Pacific Islanders in the contemporary Pacific For me personally as a Pacific Islander woman from Guam I appreciated the stories of Island life including some of the political issues of colonalism from the French which manifests through the stories of Tahiti s militarism Matarena is a product of local girl and a military man and the colonialism from Catholic church which manifests through the story of land seizures by the Priests These are subterranean themes that run throughout her novels and can be seen if you re looking for them Militarized culture and land seizures caused by colonialism are both issues that are universal for many of the Pacific Islands and her people I rarely go to literary festivals these days Almost never This is very odd because I have read books since I was a kid and my favourite fantasy was always to meet a writer in person and have a nice literary conversation and get a signed copy of a book But after going to book launches and standing in ueues trying to get my copy of a book signed and feeling that the whole thing was being rushed and the crowd was too much the romance of book launches and literary festivals disappeared for me But there was a time I loved literary festivals in principle without having attended one I discovered C lestine Vaite there was a time I loved literary festivals in principle without having attended one I discovered C lestine Vaite Breadfruit during my visit to my first ver literary festival which nded up being my first and last one C lestine Vaite was scheduled to give a talk at this particular litfest but I somehow missed that But I got this book of hers when I discovered that she was a Tahitian writer I had never read a Tahitian writer at that time still hadn t before I read this book and Tahiti always sounded like a fantasy place for me after reading somerset maugham s novels and discovering paul gauguin Maugham s novels and discovering Paul Gauguin book lay on my shelf for years and a few days back I decided that the stars have aligned and the time has arrived I read this book for ReadTheWorld21 hosted by ndnotes and anovelfamily which has a Pacific Island focus in May Breadfruit tells the story of Materena Materena is a professional cleaner She lives with her partner Pito and they have three kids The book is divided into many short chapters and The Power Of A Choice each chapter describes an anecdote from Materena s life or about someone she knows her family members cousins friends Tahitianxtended families are big and so Materena has lots of cousins and so there are lots of fascinating stories C lestine Vaite s prose is simple and spare and the stories are charming and are filled with humour But as Optimus Prime says there is to the stories than meets the ye Within that deceptively simple style C lestine Vaite tackles fascinating topics the themes covered include family life the relationship Between Mothers And Daughters Love mothers and daughters love importance or unimportance of marriage the relationship between native Tahitians and French xpats the complicated politics in Tahiti and the resentment some people feel against the French government the Tahitian conomy and how hard it is to get a good job how Tahitians straddle between Catholicism which they practise now and the ancient Tahitian religion which was practised by their ancestors these and other interesting themes are xplored in the book The author says in the interview at the back of the book that many of these stories were inspired by actual happenings It shows when we read the boo. Materena Mahi likes movies about love And after fourteen years with Pito the father of her three children she wants a ring on her finger and a framed wedding certificate on the wall But Pito does not like movies about love He likes movies with action and as little talking as poss. ,
K Breadfruit is a charming depiction of Tahitian life from an insider s perspective C lestine Vaite rips away the tropical fantasy image we have of her homeland and shows us the real Tahiti It is beautiful I loved it C lestine Vaite wrote two seuels to Breadfruit I can t wait to read them The last book of the trilogy came out in 2007 I was hoping that C lestine Vaite would have written books since then But it appears that there are no books after that None Nada It is like C lestine Vaite just disappeared I don t know what happened Three books is just a very slim body of work I hope she comes back one of these days and writes a fourth book And then a fifth one And Have you read Breadfruit What do you think about it Materena lives in Tahiti with Pito and their three children On night while drunk Pito proposes marriage Materena is The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right ecstatic and begins planning their wedding However Pito never brings up the subject again and Materena realizes it is not to be and they settle back into their routine until Pito does something and Materena realizes that she is better off not married because if she tires f him she can t just send Pito back to his mother Time goes on and Pito finds something that makes him think Materena is considering leaving him He is shocked He now understands he does want to be married Materena refuses He tries for six months to get her to change her mindThis is a wonderfully told story about life in Tahiti Each chapter contains a little story about anvent or family member The pace of this book is gentle with plenty of space for stories and anecdotes about the lives of Materena and her friends which I LOVED I felt like I was getting to know a whole community by hearing the little details of their lives and I m always a sucker for women sharing their stories with other women The style is conversational and compulsively readable and the narration is incredibly funny and observant about people and their uirks I also really njoyed learning about Tahitian history and cultureRead the full review at Starship Library A nice feel good vacation read or when you wish you were on vacation but aren t Breadfruit is the first novel by Tahitian author Celestine Hitiura Vaite and the first book in the Materena Mahi series Having lived with her man for twelve years certain things including a drunken proposal from Pito himself are making her think about a wedding And she is starting to like the idea But although Materena begins making tentative plans no further mention is made and she ventually gives up on the idea Or does she As Materena makes various wedding related nuiries she also learns a lot about her family s history As she navigates Materena s life towards the longed for union Vaite weaves together a Collection Of Seemingly Unrelated Anecdotes of seemingly unrelated anecdotes life and love Tahiti style as well as Tahitian legends and gossip about friends and family the many aunties and cousins one has in Tahiti that often nds up on the Coconut Radio She touches on topics as diverse as brooming totems mother in law s cake the shape of the nose new carpet mattress allergy mosuito coils private property gendarmes a transvestite girlfriend a
birthday frying pan 
frying pan politics words of love family diplomacy birth of babies and she also describes a novel form of Tahitian caller ID A light hearted look at life in Tahiti 35 stars Loved this So funny Oddly nough though it s set in contemporary Tahiti it reminded me of Anne of Green Ible Pito thinks that when you give a woman a ring and a wedding certificate she's going to start acting like she's the boss Eh he insists it's the rope around the neckSo when a drunken Pito finally proposes Materena thinks she wouldn't mind becoming a madame Before long very re. .