Tropical Dreams. "Geckos and Moths" by Patricia Johnson and "Forever in Paradise" by Apelu Tielu. [review]
Australian Book Review
"Geckos and Moths" deals incisively, yet without histrionics, with the unravelling of a dream and the fraying of an Australian colonial fiction. "Forever in Paradise" is, on the other hand, unable to deal realistically with human imperfection. The book is infatuated with its central character, Solomona Tuisamoa. The problem is that Solomona is a pompous bore. He is such an impossibly wise, just, kind, caring and virtuous man that it is difficult to relate to him at any level.
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McGirr, Michael 2003. Tropical Dreams. Review of "Geckos and Moths" by Patricia Johnson and "Forever in Paradise" by Apelu Tielu. 'Australian Book Review', No 257, December, 53-54.