Tales of Dying Race by Alfred A. Grace. First published in 1901, 250pp. A. Graces writings may be a bit controversial (not politically correct) do make some effort to understand. Grace had had a lot of experience of Maoris and he had quite a respect for them. His attitude is a little like that of a Pakeha-Maori, who, as he calls it, 'speaks the lingo'. He takes it for granted that they are rogues, but he prefers to write of their way of living rather than of conventional and self-righteous Pakeha life for which he had little sympathy. 'The heathen in his blindness,' he said, is blessed with an ideality of which the cultivated, artificial, unnatural pakeha knows nothing.' So he tells two stories in which white men 'take to the blanket' and marry Maori girls, when their Pakeha fiancees have jilted them because of their (till now, innocent) acquaintance with the Maori girls. Grace was the son of a missionary and he has a dislike for missionaries, for the tohunga of either Maori or Pakeha religion. He admires the Maori's freedom from puritanical conventions and he likes to offend conventional Pakeha tastes with stories of Maori warfare and cannibalism.

Tales of A Dying Race by A Grace