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Cleary, Frances (Frances Alice)

This Mrs. Kingi

This Mrs. Kingi

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Auckland [N.Z: Collins, 1971. 147 pages; 21 cm. Very good(+) with small small are of spotting to front free endpaper edge; jacket had a few long closed tears neatly positioned in archival mylar. Hardcover.

"Meet Mrs Kingi - 'a wrinkled-up old Maori woman of no importance', as she calls herself, but to her children, her grandchildren and her neighbours in the Bay of Islands, the very heart and soul of the district. Whether caring for her grandchildren, cooking for all and sundry, keeping lazy wahines up to the mark, deploring male addiction to football, bullying her son-in-law or tidying up people's homes, Mrs Kingi hardly ever rests, except to fish and educate herself from newspapers. She sighs for the good old days and for her long-dead husband, she worries about young Maoris in the present age, yet she has faith in the future and in her people and a deep love for the district of which she is so much a part ... Humour, wisdom and charm season this invigorating story of an archetypal Maori grandmother, with a toughness of character, a glowing charity and a philosophical outlook typical of her race ..."--Jacket

Roman australien. Australian fiction. Kuia. Wāhine. Pakiwaitara. New Zealand fiction -- 20th century.

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