|No Kava for Johnny (1961)|
Johnny's dealings with the head chemist, a palagi, form the basis of a lot of the laughs. Misunderstandings are common because of the language differences between Johnny and his boss. Whereas in the village a lot of the humour is derived from the slapstick nature of retribution that occurs whenever Johnny does something wrong, which is most of the time.
Although the book states that it was written by a Samoan, it is in fact written by John O'Grady, an Australian author famous for his work under the pen name Nino Culotta, where he writes in the voice of an Italian immigrant to Australia.
O'Grady has done well to maintain the simple villager voice throughout. It is an easy, light read that will have you chuckling every few pages.