I can relate to the author's intercultural experience as I was in a similar setting when I went abroad for my undergraduate studies in Clayton, not too far from where the Author's account took place. Thus, on a personal level, I can relate to the settings that was described – the cold winters, heaters, Victoria market, and so forth.
However, what is important from the Yellow Banana is how intricate cultures lie at the heart of personal relationships. I could feel the lifting of burden from the Author’s rather painful description of Nelly’s Chapter and the attempts to pin it down on the natural traits of a Tiger, to the healing process that followed.
From one part, it was a personal journey of discovery and feudal responsibility. The other part followed the spiritual awakening that perhaps would have gained more recognition had it been written in a different mind-set.
All that is said, the Author has provided his clan a legacy of their roots, which may or may never again be revisited unless the pages of the Yellow Banana is peeled layer by layer again in a time of a distant future.
Well done Steve, and may we look forward to more of your works!