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Title:
Some here among us
Author:
Walker, Peter, author.
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Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
275 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"It is 1967, and as New Zealand hesitates over whether to send more troops to Vietnam, students take to the streets of Wellington to protest the war. Among them are friends Race, Candy, Chadwick, FitzGerald, and the charismatic Morgan, who is Maori, and more dedicated than the rest to his political convictions. All are young and hopeful, with the world all before them. And then Morgan dies suddenly, stunningly. As the others move forward through the final decades of the twentieth century, from one controversial war to--post-9/11--another, their friendships tested and pulled apart and reconfigured anew, they come to understand that Morgan--the elusive and electrifying, the one who could quote Shakespeare and Sterne, Dorothy Parker and Bob Dylan, and who will forever remain twenty years old--is both the mystery and the touchstone of their lives. From the shores of New Zealand to the political heart of Washington and the hills above Beirut, Some Here Among Us is a novel of broad historical and geographical scope, a brilliant encounter with youth and promise and loss. It is, above all, a novel for our times."--Publisher's description.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781620408421
Format :
Book

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It is 1967, and as New Zealand hesitates over whether to send more troops to Vietnam, students take to the streets of Wellington to protest the war. Among them are friends Race, Candy, Chadwick, FitzGerald, and the charismatic Morgan, who is Maori, and more dedicated than the rest to his political convictions. All are young and hopeful, with the world all before them.

And then Morgan dies suddenly, stunningly. As the others move forward through the final decades of the twentieth century, from one controversial war to--post-9/11--another, their friendships tested and pulled apart and reconfigured anew, they come to understand that Morgan--the elusive and electrifying, the one who could quote Shakespeare and Sterne, Dorothy Parker and Bob Dylan, and who will forever remain twenty years old--is both the mystery and the touchstone of their lives.

From the shores of New Zealand to the political heart of Washington and the hills above Beirut, Some Here Among Us is a novel of broad historical and geographical scope, a brilliant encounter with youth and promise and loss. It is, above all, a novel for our times.


Author Notes

PETER WALKER is a New Zealander who has lived in London since 1986. He worked for seven years on the Independent and three on the Independent on Sunday where he was Foreign Editor. He has also written for the Financial Times and Granta . He is the author of  The Fox Boy , the history of a Maori boy captured in battle and "civilized" by the British, and a previous novel, The Courier's Tale (published in the UK.) This is his U.S. fiction debut.


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Booklist Review

In 1967 New Zealand, when Race Radzienwicz joins a student protest against the Vietnam War, he meets the enigmatic young man whose death will haunt him for the rest of his life: Morgan Tawhai, a Maori student who's as wise and charismatic as he is impulsive and unpredictable. Three decades later, in 2001, as Race's father dies in Washington, D.C., and his son Toby studies the premonitions of 9/11 in pop culture, from comic books to Ghostbusters, Race is still pulled back to the death of Morgan Tawhai amid the countless casualties of intervening wars. The parallels between the Vietnam War of Race's generation and the Iraq War of his son's are poignant, while Walker's loose, decades-spanning narrative is reminiscent of the filmmaker Richard Linklater's work and just as emotionally engaging. Every era has its own moral blinds spots, says Race in 1967, presciently. What would you say ours are? --Morgan, Adam Copyright 2015 Booklist


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