‘Bula Pops!: A Memoir of a Son’s Peace Corps Service in the Fiji Islands’ by Michael J. Blahut, Michael J. Blahut III
This is unquestionably one of the best books about Fiji you’ll ever hold in your hands. Written by a father/son duo, the memoir is particularly recommended for those who would like to get to know the peculiarities of Fijian culture.
The extremely interesting narrative is filled with descriptions of local customs, traditions, practices, habits, and beliefs, which are not only informative but also very entertaining and enjoyable to read. Especially worthy of note are the younger Blahut’s observations – you can’t help but marvel at his intercultural competence.
‘Our Wealth Is Loving Each Other: Self and Society in Fiji’ by Karen J. Brison
Karen J. Brison’s book is a wonderful anthropological study that examines the challenges indigenous Fijians face as they try to reconcile their traditional values with modernity. The author shares stories of various individuals who prove that it is indeed possible to live according to the way of the chiefs without giving up personal autonomy.
The book may not be light-hearted in nature, but it is an immensely engaging read that sheds some light on cultural contradictions between the old and the new.
‘Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji’ by Will Lutwick
If you are interested in multiculturalism in Fiji, Will Lutwick’s memoir is something you should read. This quite incredible story of a Peace Corps volunteer who falls in love with a rebellious girl from a traditional Hindu family provides fascinating insights into the world of Indo-Fijian community.
The author’s wit, charm, and delightful sense of humour that can be found on every single page make the book a real treat for everyone who appreciates good literature that entertains, enlightens, and educates.
‘Kava in the Blood: A Personal & Political Memoir from the Heart of Fiji’ by Peter Thomson
As the title says, this book is a memoir – personal, because it’s basically the author’s autobiography; and political, because it describes the coups d’etat that took place in Fiji in 1987. And if you think it’s impossible to weave together such distinct strands, this title will prove you wrong.
Peter Thomson delivers a fascinating tale that is an eye-opener. With unconditional love for the Melanesian country, he paints a painful picture of its past, letting readers understand how certain events shaped the Fijian nation.
‘Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu’ by J. Maarten Troost
Fiji with a dose of humour? You know that you can count on J. Maarten Troost. His tongue-in-cheek memoir is a terrific piece of travel literature that captivates from the very first to the very last sentence.
Even though the author doesn’t write much about the Fijian culture, he unravels the secrets of daily life in the tropics – he shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. As always, he is honest and amusing. As always, he is absolutely brilliant. Immerse in his book and you’ll discover the real Fiji.