Once Were Warriors is Alan Duff's harrowing vision of his country's indigenous people two hundred years after the English conquest. In prose that is both raw and compelling, it tells the story of Beth Heke, a Maori woman struggling to keep her family from falling apart, despite the squalor and violence of the housing projects in which they live. Conveying both the rich textures of Maori tradition and the wounds left by its absence, Once Were Warriors is a masterpiece of unblinking realism, irresistible energy, and great sorrow.
These are one of those books that the movie is better than the book.I brought the book several years ago at 17-18 years old(now 28) at a second hand book store while I was on holiday, It has taken me about that long to actually finish the book (and still I skimmed a lot.) I struggled in the past to actually finish this book because of the way it's written and today it was still a struggle to finish it. I have no words really. The only thing I could say was that I hated Jakes chapters and being inside his head with his thoughts and then his actions towards his wife and his children.