Trapped’s intimate revelations of Christchurch earthquake survivors grip the heart in a way the flood of visual images can’t.
Never a great believer in reviewers inserting their own lives into the work of another writer, I do feel a need to declare myself here. I live in Christchurch and experienced all the major earthquakes from September 2010 through to December 2011. I am hardly, therefore, an objective reader. Having lost a dear friend in the CTV building collapse of February 22, I feel deeply involved in this book’s subject: survival stories.
I had hardly got through the first paragraph of the opening account when there he was: Te Taki (Wally) Tairakena, one minute playing his guitar to a group of new international ...
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