Alofa tatou. Aloha e kakou. Hello to all of us.
Just received it. Gagana Samoa course starting soon, so need it now. It looks as thorough and useful as Mary Pukui's legendary dictionary. Besides hoping to learn enough to decipher what my German-Samoan homies are saying, visit family, and maybe get a teaching assignment there someday, I especially like comparing similarities between gagana Samoa and 'olelo Hawai'i, and all the major Polynesian languages. This dictionary should help immensely.
But my Pukui is a hardcover and cost about half the price. Was a bit surprised to see Milner's dictionary was not only paperback but bound with a plastic spine. Wonder how long that will last. The photo does not accurately depict the appearance of the version received. For some unknown reason, I missed [Paperback] in the title; my bad for not noticing. Also, Kaliko in Hilo mentioned getting the hardcover version, but way back in 1997. So I was surprised to see it was a paperback.
For $80, though, guess I was expecting leather-bound with gold engraving! As recommended by J. Leigh, tried to get it for less from Wheeler Books in NZ, but their website said it was unavailable. Could never find it or anything similar in book sales or used [pre-owned?] book shops. No doubt its rarity is the reason for the extreme price.
Well, it's here now, and since the initial shock wore off, I welcome it to my collection of language books. Talofa lava, e komo mai, tusi lomifefeloi. I look forward to using it in class but might need a magnifying glass to distinguish between some of the teeny font italicized letters. Tofa soifua, a hui hou.
Update: Trying to upload a photo of the paperback cover but it's not happening after four tries.