But they still consider this land to be their home. When the war is over, the boys return. Plot The story is about an unnamed family that buys a farm that has not been prosperous. The father now begins to comprehend what land means to some people. They say that, the old man, a tribe elder was born on the hills behind the farm when the land belonged to the Maoris.
The people before were so intimately connected to the land that they have carried the old man to the spot where he was born so that he could see it one more time before dying.
They have brought with them an old man who had been born on the hill behind long ago. Once, Jim finds greenstones adzes and also a human skull in the caves. The boys go away to WW II. The boys return after war and Jim leaves for the University while the older boy joins his father on their new farm.
When the Depression is on them, the father finds the farm to be less profitable and he considers the prospect of setting it and moving. The father sells the farm and moves closer to the cities. He leaves the skull behind but brings home the adzes.
The father now begins to understand what land means to some people. The land is just something that he owns and puts to work.
Of the two boys in the family, the older one, who is the narrator, is the outdoorsy kind, much like the father. When the father sees the adzes, he wonders only about how much they could be worth.
Find some lines to quote which typify each character. He does not consider the possibility of the land having belonged to the Maoris. Once when discussing the War, the elder brother says that he had no fond memories to focus on in the battlefield but Jim says that for him, the old farm was just that, a place of happy returns.
For the father owning land had been a compulsion as his father had not owned land but worked as a laborer. The father cannot comprehend why anyone would want to do that. Jim, the younger one is rather weak and he prefers to be inside with his mother.
Jim and his elder brother roam the countryside exploring caves on Sundays. Jim goes with them. One day, a group of Maori arrive there. Jim goes to the University while his brother joins the father on the farm.
The father farms only the flat land leaving the hills beyond, which were his, to run wild. But Jim says, for him, their old farm was Te Wahiokoahoki, the place of happy return. He stays on, not because any special love he feels for the land but because he has invested money and labor on it.
He is close to death and desires to see once again the land of his birth.
The conflict between the Europeans and the Maori find frequent resonance in his works.In Podor in Senegal, the place where I grew up, everyone is an artist because art in Africa is not a commercial enterprise but is part of life itself.
Background. Maurice Shadbolt is a well known New Zealand writer whose works are popular with readers even today. His stories are all based in New Zealand and seek to interpret the various influences that have gone into the making of the country.Download