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This is an auction for TALKING ABOUT O'DWYER by C K Stead.

"During the Second World War, Donovan O'Dwyer was a pakeha — white New Zealander — officer in the Maori battalion of the New Zealand Division. In the fighting around Maleme airport in the Battle of Crete, one of his men, Joe Panapa, died in circumstances which resulted in his family subsequently putting a makutu curse on O'Dwyer. And when O'Dwyer himself dies, more than fifty years later, his fellow Oxford don and New Zealander Mike Newall is the only one who knows the full story — which he recounts to his friend Winterstoke over a series of pub lunches. The title notwithstanding, Newall has little to say about O'Dwyer: he tells Joe Panapa's story, which he has reconstructed from letters and a diary, but mostly he talks about his own life (and all of this Stead puts into the third person). As a child Newall's best friend was Joe Panapa's son, Panapa having married into the Croatian family next door. During the Vietnam war, Newall — a philosopher, an expert on Wittgenstein — had an academic posting in the United States, and his account of that is background to his marriage and recent divorce. And coming to terms with his divorce and tracing Joe Panapa's story has taken Newall to Croatia (in the process of separating from Yugoslavia) and back to New Zealand, to find new lovers and meet up with old ones. Talking About O'Dwyer moves backwards and forwards between these strands, intertwining past and present, and spanning geographically and culturally disparate worlds: New Zealand in the 40s and 50s, Crete during the Second World War, the United States in the 60s, and Oxford, Croatia, and New Zealand in the present. An engaging and rewarding novel."
- Danny Yee's Book Reviews

Penguin paperback 1999.

219 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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