New Hokkaido / James McNaughton.

Nā: McNaughton, James, 1968- [author.].
Momo rauemi: materialTypeLabelPukapukaWhakaahuatanga: 224 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780864739766 :; 9780864739766; 0864739761.Genre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | Alternative histories (Fiction).DDC classification: NZ823.3 Summary: "It is 1987, forty-five years after Japan conquered New Zealand, and the brutal shackles of the occupation have loosened a little: English can be spoken by natives in the home, and twenty-year-old Business English teacher Chris Ipswitch has a job at the Wellington Language Academy. But even Chris and his famous older brother - the Night Train, a retired Pan-Asian sumo champion - cannot stay out of the conflict between the Imperial Japanese Army and the Free New Zealand movement. When Chris takes it upon himself to investigate a terrible crime, he is drawn into the heart of the struggle for freedom, guided along the way by the mysterious Hitomi Kurosawa and the ghost of Kiwi rock 'n' roll legend and martyr Johnny Lennon. New Hokkaido is a counter-factual history and an adventure that thrills and disquiets at every turn"--Publisher information.
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It is 1987, forty-five years after Japan conquered New Zealand, and the brutal shackles of the occupation have loosened a little: English can be spoken by natives in the home, and twenty-year-old Business English teacher Chris Ipswitch has a job at the Wellington Language Academy. But even Chris and his famous older brother--the Night Train, a retired Pan-Asian sumo champion--cannot stay out of the conflict between the Imperial Japanese Army and the Free New Zealand movement. When Chris takes it upon himself to investigate a terrible crime, he is drawn into the heart of the struggle for freedom, guided along the way by the mysterious Hitomi Kurosawa and the ghost of Kiwi rock 'n' roll legend and martyr Johnny Lennon. New Hokkaido is a fascinating counter-factual history and an adventure that thrills and disquiets at every turn.

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"Visit ... via Imperial Airlines"--Cover.

"It is 1987, forty-five years after Japan conquered New Zealand, and the brutal shackles of the occupation have loosened a little: English can be spoken by natives in the home, and twenty-year-old Business English teacher Chris Ipswitch has a job at the Wellington Language Academy. But even Chris and his famous older brother - the Night Train, a retired Pan-Asian sumo champion - cannot stay out of the conflict between the Imperial Japanese Army and the Free New Zealand movement. When Chris takes it upon himself to investigate a terrible crime, he is drawn into the heart of the struggle for freedom, guided along the way by the mysterious Hitomi Kurosawa and the ghost of Kiwi rock 'n' roll legend and martyr Johnny Lennon. New Hokkaido is a counter-factual history and an adventure that thrills and disquiets at every turn"--Publisher information.

Tākupu nā Kaye
12/04/2015

What if Japan had occupied NZ in World War 2? James McNaughton imagines this then sets his novel in 1987 in a still occupied NZ. The concept is fascinating and much of the detail amusing or thought provoking (eg clandestine NZ Culture meetings with sausage rolls, pavs and bush shirts). The plot is somewhat convoluted with many aspects - crime, justice, prejudice, sex, rock n roll - and I had a sense of it being a much longer (first) novel edited down so some continuity is lacking. Explicit sex scenes remain and for me they could have been condensed as I wanted the story to continue rather than take time for this. Still, it is great to see NZ publishing trying something different and worth reading just to make you think 'what if?'.

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