Reading Tonga: Island Kingdom – Tonga Ancient & Modern

Tonga! So interesting!

BUT. I’m not saying that the book I ended with up (Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient & Modern, by I.C. Campbell) was weighed down by a little too much Great Man Theory; yeah, wait…I am saying exactly that.

There were moments that my brain was happy: info about the uniqueness of Tonga’s geology and natural history, the amazing and brave Oceanic people that first made their way to the islands, the effects of European contact and the introduction of Christianity…I want to know more! Unfortunately, all of that got lost in an overly exhaustive list of chiefs, kings, and politicians. So. Much. Detail.

Too much.

So, I’ll be on the lookout for a more personal telling of life in Tonga. Please let me know if you know of such a book! I would be thrilled to check it out!

Approach to Fua'amotu Airport, Tongatapu, Tonga
Approach to Fua’amotu Airport, Tongatapu, Tonga (image by David Broad, via Wikimedia Commons)