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by Geofrey White
University of the South Pacific 1988
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|The Big Death
Solomon Islanders Remember WWII
Bikfala Faet: Olketa Solomon Aelanda Rimembarem Wol Wo Tu
Pre-war, the Solomons was a sleepy British colonial possession, dominated by plantation life, a handful of outsiders. In a matter of months beginning in mid-1941 the area became the frontlines of the Pacific war, witnessing the arrival of ships, planes and thousands of soldiers from Japan and America. For the local people, their world had just become horrific and fascinating. The war would dominate their way of life for years, and its impressions and effects would last forever.
The book explores the oral history of the islands, with interviews divided into five chapters, covering topics including: being behind Japanese lines, scouting and fighting on Santa Isabel, in the thick of fighting, Malaita Guadalcanal labor corps, Massina Rule.
The book is also unique for being published in both tok pidgin and english. Accompanied by maps, photos and appendixes. An important read for anyone interested in the war form the perspective of the inhabitants of these island.
Review by Justin Taylan
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