Alan Duff: Both Sides of the Moon

(1038 words)
  • Otto Heim (University of Hong Kong)

Although he is best known for his first novel, Once Were Warriors, and the films and sequels it inspired, Alan Duff has published four other novels that demonstrate his ambition to go beyond the fictional world of the Heke family and claim a broader literary reputation. Of these four novels, Both Sides of the Moon is by far the most interesting and challenging. Announced as his third novel as early as 1992, the book was eventually published as Duff's fifth novel in 1998, two years after the first sequel to Once Were Warriors, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?. The intervening years had seen a hardening of Duff's stance on problems facing Maori in the 1990s and while his popularity was undiminished,…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Heim, Otto. "Both Sides of the Moon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 March 2009
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]