Straight: a novel in the Irish Maori tradition Michael OLeary

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Published: March 14th 2012

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Straight: a novel in the Irish Maori tradition  by  Michael OLeary

Straight: a novel in the Irish Maori tradition by Michael OLeary
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Straight is the second novel in Michael O’Leary’s trilogy. It concerns the early years of two of the first novel Unlevel Crossings’ protagonists, Hinengaro Te Riro i He and Paul Te Ariki Calvert. Straight is set in early 1980’s Auckland and beginsMoreStraight is the second novel in Michael O’Leary’s trilogy. It concerns the early years of two of the first novel Unlevel Crossings’ protagonists, Hinengaro Te Riro i He and Paul Te Ariki Calvert.

Straight is set in early 1980’s Auckland and begins with Paul Calvert’s return to that city after several years in the mysterious place called ‘Dreamland’. Fighting off several flash-backs he discovers that reality can often be stranger than dreams. Along the way he discovers things about his past that he had no conception of and his whole life is brought into existential question. Was his own birth due to an SS experiment during World War Two to create an ‘Aryan Mäori’, were his presumed parents gun-runners for the IRA, and who are the people following him around the city in a black Mercedes Benz?

Add to this a surreal mix of local characters from the still down-at-heal Ponsonby drug scene and the upper-class opulence of Remuera and you have a novel alive with energy and surprise. In the back-ground is the developing love story of Paul and Hine.

Also the city of Auckland becomes a character itself, much in the way Graham Greene used his locations to define and enhance many of his novels.



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