Breadfruit

Célestine Hitiura Vaite

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Breadfruit When a drunken Pito proposes to Materena she initially thinks it s just the booze talking As she nevertheless starts planning she juggles everyday life only to have Pito act as though he s forgotten

  • Title: Breadfruit
  • Author: Célestine Hitiura Vaite
  • ISBN: 9780316016582
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a drunken Pito proposes to Materena, she initially thinks it s just the booze talking As she nevertheless starts planning, she juggles everyday life only to have Pito act as though he s forgotten his proposal.

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    1. Camille on said:

      Materena voudrait que Pito, le père de ses trois enfants, son compagnon, la demande en mariage. Elle rêve d'un beau mariage à la tahitienne, où elle arriverait à l'église en voiture, où les invités lui offriraient en cadeau un beau lit conjugal, et où un DJ s'occuperait de faire danser toute la compagnie à la nuit tombée. Mais Pito est plutôt fainéant, et ne voit pas l'intérêt de demander Materena en mariage. Célestine Hitiura Vaite, auteure tahitienne maintenant installée en Au [...]

    2. Marianne on said:

      Breadfruit is the first novel by Tahitian author, Celestine Hitiura Vaite and the first book in the Materena Mahi series. Having lived with her man, for twelve years, certain things, including a drunken proposal from Pito himself, are making her think about a wedding. And she is starting to like the idea. But although Materena begins making tentative plans, no further mention is made, and she eventually gives up on the idea. Or does she? As Materena makes various wedding-related enquiries, she a [...]

    3. Tiff on said:

      Celestine Vaite rocks! With a light hearted hand she tells a very realistic story of the lives of Pacific Islanders in the contemporary Pacific. For me personally, as a Pacific Islander woman from Guam, I appreciated the stories of Island life including some of the more political issues of colonalism from the French which manifests through the stories of Tahiti's militarism, Matarena is a product of local girl and a military man and the colonialism from Catholic church which manifests through th [...]

    4. CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian on said:

      Loved this! So funny. Oddly enough though it's set in contemporary Tahiti, it reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. It does have a lot in common with that book actually. It takes place in a rural place, the kind of town where 1/2 the population are your cousins and everyone knows everyone's business. It's also very domestic- and women-focused but issues related to larger political structures like colonization came up many times. Told in episodes that are almost short stories, the main narrative p [...]

    5. Becky R. on said:

      After reading Vaite's first novel Frangipani, I had high hopes and expectations for her second in this group on novels. Where the first seemed to follow a linear storyline and mode of telling the story between mother and daughter, this felt more like a series of short stories. Each is leading to Materena's real desire for Pito to be serious in his proposal to her, not to mention her hope that this means that he really loves her in a truly romantic sense. This romantic hope threads through each s [...]

    6. Liz Pollinger on said:

      Materena lives in Tahiti with Pito and their three children. On night, while drunk, Pito proposes marriage. Materena is ecstatic and begins planning their wedding. However, Pito never brings up the subject again and Materena realizes it is not to be and they settle back into their routine until, Pito does something and Materena realizes that she is better off not married because if she tires f him she can't just send Pito back to his mother. Time goes on and Pito finds something that makes him t [...]

    7. Diane on said:

      In Breadfruit, a sequel to Frangipani, we find Materena Mahi planning for a fabulous wedding, after receiving a wedding proposal from a drunken Pito--who may have forgotten his original proposal the morning after. Although the couple, and their three children have been together for fourteen years, this is the first time she is planning a wedding. As she visits with various friends and family members, we get a feel for what rural life in Tahiti is like, while she is busy gathering helpful advice [...]

    8. Llinos Cathryn on said:

      The pace of this book is gentle, with plenty of space for stories and anecdotes about the lives of Materena and her friends, which I LOVED. I felt like I was getting to know a whole community by hearing the little details of their lives, and I’m always a sucker for women sharing their stories with other women. The style is conversational and compulsively readable, and the narration is incredibly funny and observant about people and their quirks. I also really enjoyed learning about Tahitian hi [...]

    9. Jess on said:

      I usually don't read this kind of books. This one was a wildcard I chose from a bargain bin. Now I love that bargain bin, maybe I should have bought more books, because this one was great. Materena is an enchanting character. I find her resourceful and independent, so I am excited to see what else she will do in other books. This was a delightful reading and I look forward to read more of Materena's adventures.

    10. Rachel on said:

      A nice, feel good, vacation read (or when you wish you were on vacation but aren't)

    11. Poornima on said:

      Read one book in this trilogy and had to order the other two. Delightful and pleasant read. Perfect for a beach vacay and amazing look into a completely different culture. Easy breezy read- recommended.

    12. Ape on said:

      Also known as the Wedding Proposal. I bought this, along with a copy of the Wedding Proposal, years ago when I'd read Frangipani and really enjoyed it. I was so annoyed when I realised Breadfruit and The Marriage Proposal were the same book. It really irritates me when publishers decide to do that. So, I ended up giving one copy away, putting this to the side and not touching it for several years until now.It was nice to return to the South Pacific and the everyday tales of Materena and her many [...]

    13. liz on said:

      So my longstanding personal interest in Tahiti has become supplemented by a professional interest (which somewhat diminishes my personal interest, but probably not why you'd think), and plus I've never seen a Tahitian novel before. Materena loves Pito, they've been partners for years and have two wonderful children together, but Materena is dying to make it official, and get married, already. Or is she? Follow her along the island as she visits relatives and decides. The book would be about half [...]

    14. Val on said:

      I enjoyed this story and loved the main character. It is told with lightness and humour and also shows the culture and life of French Polynesia very well. Both Materena and the rather unreliable Pito are engaging characters and the minor conflicts between Pito and his mother-in-law and the various family interactions are amusing. It is written in simple, childlike language but that suits the story and characters and the effect is charming.I will be reading the others in the series. (This is the [...]

    15. Susan on said:

      Although Matarena Mahi has lived with Pito for 14 years and they have three children, they have never married. So when a drunken Pito proposes one night, even though she knows better than to rely on anything he says, Matarena starts fantasizing about her wedding. The book is really a collection of stories of Matarena’s relatives and friends. Everything and everyone is connected and so one story leads to the next. Set on an out of the way Tahitian island, not very much happens and the pace is v [...]

    16. b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb on said:

      A collection of vignettes about a woman, her family and the lives of her relatives in Tahiti. The stories are reasonably charming and the writing is ok. It's lighthearted and good for a couple laughs. The tidbits about life, people and culture in Tahiti are interesting.A narrative device is used to (sometimes awkwardly) connect the different stories- I'm not a fan of books doing that since it's often clumsy ("Oh look there is X and did you hear the story about when they did Y[cue story]"). If yo [...]

    17. Tricia Riley on said:

      This was a quick easy read and is actually a number of smaller stories rolled into one. The story is about Materena and her de facto partner Pito. They live in Tahiti with their three children.One night Pito proposes to Materena whilst drunk and for the rest of the book we follow Materena while she plans for the wedding but Pito doesn't appear to remember. Along the way Materena meets with different people, each with a story to tell. Some are funny, others (the adoption one) is sad but together [...]

    18. Beth on said:

      On one hand, this is basically chick lit--a woman in Tahiti and her life with her boyfriend and their three kids. On the other hand, there is a wonderful introduction to Tahitian culture and the music of Tahitian thought in the speech of the narrator. I enjoyed the book, it was light and easy reading. I liked the characters, felt drawn into their world, and feel I have a sense of what it is like to live awhile the everyday Tahitian life. I'm not much of a chick lit person, but I enjoyed this boo [...]

    19. Kathy Chung on said:

      Reviewed at Mama Kucing Meow :mamakucingmeow/2011/07/marriage-propasal-by-celestine-hitiuramlI was feeling a bit down and this book helped to take my mind some things off my mind.Materena concept of life was interesting and something fresh. There is a hint of innocent in all of it.It's not a fantastic nor amazing read but i liked it. It have a soothing quality for me.

    20. Rachel Romeo on said:

      This was part of a group of free books given to me and it looked interesting. Although, I have never been to Tahiti or know anyone who is Tahitian, this book does a good job of reflecting the culture and family nuances of the culture. The main character struggles with her own "non-marriage" marriage and faces things that all women have faced at one time or another. It didn't bowl me over but it was different in a good way.

    21. Lise Syven on said:

      Une plongée magique dans le quotidien d'une vahinée qui a un grand coeur ! Le récit est tout aussi dépaysant que truculent, truffé d'expressions tahitiennes, et il m'a arraché plus d'un rire !Bref, c'est un coup de coeur pour cette belle famille, son voisinage envahissant et l'histoire d'un amour *presque* ordinaire. ;-)

    22. Megan on said:

      A charming story about being a woman in Tahiti. I read Frangipani first, so it was nice to get a little back story of Materena, Loana, Mama Roti, and the rest of the characters - most importantly Pito (and how they came to be married).

    23. Karen on said:

      This book was a disapointment after the wonderfully refreshing book by the same author, "Fangipani." I think the turn off for me was language and many vulgar subjects, although still written in the charming voice of Materena. I confess that I just couldn't get through the coarseness of this book and had to put it down after reading about a third of the book.

    24. Taylar on said:

      What a fun read! I picked this book up somewhere a few years ago, finding it difficult to find books about Pacific Island life. It takes place in Tahiti, about Tahitian life. The characters are colorful, a vivid picture with no judgement placed on island life or characters. I guess it's a series so I wonder if I can kind out what else happens to Matarena and her man and family!

    25. Lisa on said:

      Stories about Matarena Mahi are like a warm cozy blanket to meI want to crawl in and escape. This was a good escape. And although I loved frangipani and Tiare in bloom a lot more I am glad to have read breadfruit. If only this wasn't the end of Matarena! I will miss her and her Tahitian world.

    26. Romari on said:

      I wanted to read some fiction by a Tahitian writer after traveling there. The writing seemed a bit unpracticed. Maybe because writing in English as a second language is awkward, but I liked her earnest effort and story.

    27. Andrea on said:

      The feel of Tahiti in a book - relax with a Tahitian storyteller now resident in Australia.Great story of a great mother, her other half, her mother, her children . and a Tahitian village.Well done!

    28. Sarah on said:

      Pleasant. Interesting character study, much like Frangipani (and covering the same family). These books are light and perfect for summer-- there isn't an intense narrative plot, but instead scenes from a Tahitian life.

    29. James on said:

      Matarena, the female protagonist of this first-person narrative, seems at first a naive narrator. Like Swift, Vaite, the native Tahitian author, uses Matarena's innocenct wisdom to lay bare Franco-Tahitian society.

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