Migrations: Journeys in time and place by Rod Edmond

Migrations: Journeys in time and place

byRod Edmond

Kobo ebook | July 25, 2013

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'This is my kind of book, and a book for any New Zealander descended from European immigrants, particularly from Britain. In a narrative that is learned, atmospheric and often gripping, Rod Edmond reflects on identity and migration with the penetrating insight of a still tenderly attached exile.' Fleur Adcock.

'A poignant meditation on the significant but largely forgotten story of missionary enterprise, and an eloquent commentary on the back-and-forth lives so many people have led, and continue to lead, between Britain and New Zealand.' Nicholas Thomas, Trinity College, Cambridge

In 'Migrations' Rod Edmond traces the journeys of his Scottish forebears as they separately made their way to New Zealand. The migration story begins with Charles Murray leaving Aberdeenshire in 1884 to become a missionary on the island of Ambrym. On the other side of Scotland, Catherine McLeod and her family had already abandoned their small coastal croft and sailed for Tasmania.

Encounters in Scottish and Pacific villages, a reconciliation ceremony, visits to country churches in New Zealand, and the shock of a citys history transformed by earthquake all are woven into an exploration of migration, of what it is and what it means in our lives. Evocations of place are quietly infused with an understanding of the past, subtly shifting perceptions of identity for current generations.

Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent in Canterbury, Rod Edmond has published in the fields of Victorian and postcolonial writing, and in the history and literature of empire. In 1998 he was the joint winner of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for Imperial History for 'Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin'.

Title:Migrations: Journeys in time and placeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 25, 2013Publisher:Bridget Williams BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927131650

ISBN - 13:9781927131657