Title: Chappy
Authors: Grace, Patricia
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 252
Year: 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: Daniel, a young man needing to find his place in the world, travels to New Zealand to reconnect with his whanau. He becomes immersed in the story of his Maori grandmother Oriwia and his Japanese grandfather Chappy. Played out against the changing backdrop of the 20th century, theirs is a love story fraught with cross-cultural misunderstandings and peppered with the challenges of racial discrimination.

Set in Japan, rural New Zealand and Hawaii, this is an absorbing novel of the Pacific steeped in the mystery and nature of family. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction NZ, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Family Saga, Love story, Relationships, 2017 Titles, Blind Low Vision library, Larger font


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By: CHCH 509 2022-04-19 10:07:27
We all really enjoyed this book. We liked how the history was revealed through oral story telling and that we were getting a Maori perspective of the time.

By: CHCH 525 2021-11-01 14:33:56
Mixed reviews, didn't grab some people enough at the beginning to complete reading; nearly everyone agreed the beginning was slow. Some finished and enjoyed, some finished and loved. All appreciated reading Patricia Grace.

By: TAUR 035 2021-10-22 15:14:37
A very well-written book and was highly rated by the majority of the group, with a few having trouble getting into the story and not really enjoying it. A member remarked that it was a relief to have a book with Maori as the main protagonists and yet it wasn't violent or depressing, with a general kindness pervading the story.

By: TAUR 055 2021-10-01 09:41:49
Loved the characters and the Maori history of the story.

By: CHCH 294 2021-08-02 09:46:19
A learning curve for elderly middle class white women. Fascinating story of integration. Enjoyed by all.

By: NAP 021 2020-06-04 16:08:25
This book was one of our all-time favourites. Well loved, and all appreciated the wonderful writing and inside look at the Maori/Hawaiian way of live of the era. So much wisdom to impart. Her pulling you into the characters' lives at that time we thought was magical. We have ordered another of her books for the new year!

By: LOWER 019 2018-12-12 17:55:24
Generally enjoyed, although it took some a little while to get into it. Loved the character development, felt that we really got to know them. Generated a good discussion.

By: AUCK 058 2018-08-24 14:31:46
All people in the group thought that the book was well written and full of interesting detail. Patricia Grace writes with a Maori perspective in a way that includes all readers. We all thought she is a wonderful writer. Some in the group felt that the book never gripped them, despite its many admirable qualities.

By: HAMIL 056 2018-08-24 14:24:05
All really enjoyed the setting of the book and learning more about our country's history/way of life. Well developed characters and written in an intriguing way. Great discussion had!

By: WELL 209 2018-08-24 14:21:03

By: COROM 002 2018-08-24 14:19:17
We enjoyed reading Patricia Grace's story of a Maori family's life from around WWII, interwoven with life in Hawaii, and the effect of events in Japan on the family who have embraced a Japanese member. Quite intricate and absorbing. We liked the ending with Chappy making a Japanese garden, and had a very good discussion.

By: HAMIL 007 2018-04-30 14:05:32
100% enjoyment of this book. Highly recommended by all of us.

By: AUCK 056 2018-04-30 14:00:55
Patricia Grace's books are always a joy to read and "Chappy" is no exception. The book is full of interesting NZ Maori characters, and we love the way Patricia Grace depicts their lives.

By: WELL 008 2018-04-27 14:57:39
A window into a different world - we really enjoyed it.

By: WELL 074 2018-04-27 14:53:41
We enjoyed the vehicle of the grandson's visit to tell the story - this resonated with our members who have children living abroad. We want to read more by Patricia Grace, having also read 'Tu' some time ago.

By: NELS 023 2018-04-27 14:51:18
This book was a hit with our group. We have a huge admiration for Patricia Grace's writing. It promoted excellent and wide-ranging discussion.

By: WAITAT 004 2018-04-27 14:37:35
Chappy was generally well loved by the group. We enjoyed the intimate insight into Maori and Hawaiian culture.

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