|REVIEWS AND COMMENTARY ABOUT 'THE OLD PEOPLE':
Full Review in Cultural Survival (July 5, 2014 / Author: Sophia Mitrokostas).
Full Review in Te Kaharoa (Vol. 7, No 1, 2014 / Author: Paul Moon).
"In this deeply introspective book, A. J. Perry uses an unusual overarching symbol of a special knot to divulge an exceedingly beautiful indigenous worldview. Told in a manner that connects silence and sound as well as past and present, this compelling work has a rhythm all its own."
- World Literature Today (November/December 2014)
"Hawaii writer Perry's second book uses the story of a group of island people struggling to tie a knot as a metaphor to examine themes of cultural displacement and the ephemeral nature of life. Simple in its storytelling language and structure, the story reads like a fable."
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser (November 9, 2014 / Author: Steven Mark)
Full Review in GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies (Vol. 15, No 1, 2015 / Author: Shahizah Ismail Hamdan).
"The Old People connects us with ancient truth, divinely guided through A.J. Perry. We touch all things and all things are connected to land, water, people, excellence, storytelling. Here is a rare look into the tangible nature of unseen coherence. This Indigenous novel matures epistemology - the philosophy of knowledge - into its function/form inspiring us to return, again, to the beauty of aina aloha. Our lands have always loved us. Our Hawaiian culture has always been present. Now is the time to practice what this means. This book has had an impact on me. The story, the remembering, the ideas, the hope it holds, the connection to all things. It is a small book with an infinite capacity. I see its impact on our peoples and Hawai'i."
- Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, author of Ho'oulu: Our Time of Becoming. Hawaiian Epistemology and Early Writings.
"This is not a book, it's the entire indigenous world or it's a wonderful expression of the indigenous world. The world is what it is, including the human world. The story is not told, it reveals itself. Reading the story, experiencing the story, and writing the story become one, no beginning and no ending."
- Lidu Gong, Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Full commentary here.