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Preview — Papalagi by Tuiavii di Tiavea. Erich Scheurmann Curatore. Tuiavii, a Samoan chief, traveled to Europe at the turn of the 20th century and wrote a commentary condemning the very foundations of Western society. Today, at the dawn of the millenium, his words promise to cast a spell over a new generation of readers.
By looking at ourselves through Tuiavii's eyes we are saddened by the loss of simplicity and humanity in our society. Y Tuiavii, a Samoan chief, traveled to Europe at the turn of the 20th century and wrote a commentary condemning the very foundations of Western society. Yet each page, filled with Tuiavii's insight, brings us a step closer to the truth and, ultimately, to understanding ourselves.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. It was good. Better than I expected! If you're looking for some kind of "reflection" book, this is a great choice!
It was a little bit too religious for me, but I enjoyed it, anyway. Very good - helps to look at our way of life in a new perspective. Everything we take as being good is not what it seems This is a good, outsider's view of modern, westernized societies. It helps us appreciate what was important to premodern people, and how we have forgotten and neglected those important truths. For example, one complaint is that we think too much, meaning we analyze and judge things and people instead of enjoying life for what it is.
People were already going to see silent motion pictures This is a good, outsider's view of modern, westernized societies. People were already going to see silent motion pictures at the time.
Interestingly, Tuiavii was a Christian so he had no problem with the Bible's teachings. Like Gandhi, he saw western Christians as hypocrites. Be forewarned that the book might have been written by a German instead of by a Samoan chief named Tuiavii.
Even so, the person had been to Samoa, and would likely have been able to understand and describe the typical Samoan perspective. If you want to be assured that this is a percent authentic record rather than a possible pseudonymous account, you will probably want to avoid this.
Well worth a read to widen your perspectives. View all 3 comments. The original book by Erich Scheurmann was written in German and published in Tuiavii was a young Samoan chief who traveled to Europe in the late 'sand returned back to Samoa to prepare a series of speeches regarding his perception of the white man's culture, beliefs, life styles and behaviours. While the earlier speeches are amusing, as Tuiavii talks about clothing, buildings and money The version of Tuiavii's Way that I read was adapted and translated into English by Peter C.
While the earlier speeches are amusing, as Tuiavii talks about clothing, buildings and money, the speeches take on a darker undertone, as he becomes disillusioned with the white man's greed and selfishness.
Reading Tuiavii's descriptions about some of the things that he saw, I started to get the feeling that my leg was being pulled. I found it hard to believe that a native in a travelling show could have been given the opportunity to look at X-ray machines and microscopes. The epilogue written by Peter Cavelti provided some enlightenment. There does not appear to be any proof that Tuiavii ever existed. Scheurmann may have written his book as a satire, expressing his personal disillusions about society, while incorporating some impressions of the white man from conversations with Samoans.
Aug 08, Sandy D. Allegedly the speeches of a Samoan chief who visited Europe at the turn of the 20th century, this was almost certainly written by the "translator" - a German idealist from the Wandervogel tradition who visited Samoa from , who published his thoughts about their "primitive culture" in Germany in It's interesting mainly as an exercise in seeing European culture and their idealism about Polynesian culture from a 's freethinkers' perspective.
I read this in Swedish but the speeches by Tuiaviis is available in other languages, and I suggest you get yourself a copy of this little gem. Dare to read. And reflect - how civilized are we, "the white man", really?
Although there is much I disagree with, the rest is written wisdom. View 1 comment. This is really effective! It help us appreciate what was important to pre modern people and how we forgotten those important truths. And the story is simple, everybody totally understand them. I love from samoa and you are our devil, yes you Papalagi.
Great book about the difference between the Civilized Man and the man of the tribe. It has a very interesting point of view with almost a humoristic tone. Highly recommended, easy to read and pretty small! Hoax that romanticizes good nature vs. This book has the power to make us more aware of our way of living and how it can hurt ourselves. The use of illustrations along with the text helps to better understand the exposed speech. Kinda racist? When I read this book, I felt like I was looking at a terrible mirror!
Didn't age a second. So unbelievably unintentionally good. Offers a very wide reflection on what we are, have and do as modern and "civilized" citizens of the today. Just like any good book, the main subject and moral lessons included in it are just as relevant nowadays as they'd been in times that they were written.
Note: The main body of the book is composed of Tuiavii's speeches aimed for the people of his village , not anything from Scheurmann - all he did was take conversations with the tribe leader and bring h So unbelievably unintentionally good. Note: The main body of the book is composed of Tuiavii's speeches aimed for the people of his village , not anything from Scheurmann - all he did was take conversations with the tribe leader and bring him to the amazing western world, in order to provide the inspiration for this needed point of view.
It's one of those books you have to read at least once. There's a high chance of both personal and global introspective reflections about who we are, our actions towards ourselves and the world. You'll probably feel like an hypocrite while reading Tuiavii's thoughts. He takes you on a journey, we see ourselves through his eyes. A great blunt description of the white men, the "Papalagui".
Blew my mind, had shivers down my spine and even though I've read it in a single afternoon, I had to pause a l It's one of those books you have to read at least once. Blew my mind, had shivers down my spine and even though I've read it in a single afternoon, I had to pause a lot to either breathe or to think about what I had read. One of my favorite books. Interesting yet dated book on the insights of this old Tuiavii chief of the Samoans in the beginning of the 20th century.
He surely brings sharp comments on how the European and Western society today misses the original 'purpose' to constitute on Christian values as well as trying to export to others an empathic world-view of 'the Other'.
Especially the last chapter on 'love' is an interesting and stark comment on this from someone with another perspective than we consider normative in the Wes Interesting yet dated book on the insights of this old Tuiavii chief of the Samoans in the beginning of the 20th century. Especially the last chapter on 'love' is an interesting and stark comment on this from someone with another perspective than we consider normative in the West today.
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