After John Howard Griffin's escape from Nazi-occupied France, he was shipped to the South Pacific, where he was stationed as an isolated observer in the Solomon Islands. That experience led to his second novel, Nuni (1956). As in his first novel, The Devil Rides Outside, an American professor is confronted by an alien reality. In Nuni, that reality is a "primitive," almost Neolithic society. Yet, the professor's intellectual accomplishments are useless here, his place in both family and civilized society meaningless. He learns to cope, not so much in terms of survival as in finding a new meaning to his life. The Chicago Tribune described Nuni as "an extraordinarily interesting account of a white man's life in a savage island village of the Pacificthe greater part of the novel is concerned with the growth in the narrator, a knowledge of as well as affection for the curiously innocent people." The Dallas Times-Herald wrote: "The two greatest novels of the past decade are William Faulkner's A Fable, and John Howard Griffin's Nuni."
Published: Wings Press an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on Oct 1, 2010
I am a white man from England and reading this book filled me with rage. I can't believe that this book was written in 1959. Just over fifty years ago black people could not go onto the beach in certain areas. They could not go into certain restaurants and not even use the same toilets as the white man. Despicable. The book is a must read for everyone to get a true feel of what went on and what must never be forgotten.read more
Fascinating glimpse into a nasty piece of American history. It's difficult to imagine the world that Griffin entered. It's completely unfathomable how people can treat people worse than animals just because of their skin color.I hope the world has come a long way in the 50 years since this "experiment" was undertaken because it was shameful to see what Griffin experienced as a black man.read more
What a heart-wrenching book! It gave me a much deeper understanding of the times of the civil rights movement, and even of the racism against blacks today.read more
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