The Girl in the Moon Circle
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The girl in the Moon Circle, like the cover drawing, shows Samoan life through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl called Samoana. Though young, Samoana is perceptive, not much escapes her analysis. She tells us about school, church, friends, family, violence, having refigerators and television for the first time, Chunky cat food, a Made-in-Taiwan Jesus, payday, cricket, crushes on boys, incest, legends and many othe things. Her observations offer a compelling look at Samoan society. Often fiction allows authors to tell truths that otherwise would be too painful; Sia Figiel is uninhibited. Her prose, in English and Samoan, hurtles readers toward the end of the book. ...
Journal Entry 2
München, Bayern Germany on Sunday, June 03, 2018
I first had to get used to the author's style, i.e. 1. captions being the beginning of the sentence of a chapter, although it doesn't look so, 2. sentences which are divided by full stops at places they do not stop, 3. Samoan words and sentences (and even whole poems or songs) which are only sometimes explained in some way.
However, I quite liked that book as it showed me different parts of Samoan life and culture. This was my second book by thies author (the first being "Alofa") and my third book by a Samoan writer (the second being "Leaves of the Banyan Tree" by Albert Wendt, which also fascinated me).