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Witi Ihimaera

Autor/a de The Whale Rider

67+ obres 2,475 Membres 76 Ressenyes 7 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Witi Ihimaera was born in Gisborne, New Zealand on February 7, 1944 into a Maori family of Mormons. After completing a B.A. in English, he worked as a journalist in New Zealand and started writing fiction. His first collection of short stories, Pounamu Pounamu, was published in 1972 and his first mostra'n més novel, Tangi, was published in 1973. His other works include Whanau, The Matriarch, The Whale Rider, The Dream Swimmer, Sky Dancer, The Trowenna Sea, and The Parihaka Woman. In 1982 he coedited an anthology of Maori writing, Into the World of Light, and continues to be a champion of literature in English by Maoris. In 2015 his title's Maori Boy: A Memoir and White Lies made The New Zealand Best Seller List and in 2016 it won the New Zealand Award general nonfiction award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Crèdit de la imatge: Witi Ihimaera. Photo by Simon Birkenfeld (Manatū Taonga).


Obres de Witi Ihimaera

The Whale Rider (1987) 1,415 exemplars
The Matriarch (1986) 102 exemplars
Pounamu Pounamu (1972) 100 exemplars
The Uncle's Story (2000) 86 exemplars
Bulibasha King of the Gypsies (1994) 86 exemplars
Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1995) 57 exemplars
Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers (2019) — Editor — 47 exemplars
Tangi (1973) 44 exemplars
The Parihaka Woman (2011) 40 exemplars
Sky Dancer (2003) 39 exemplars
Black Marks on the White Page (2017) 29 exemplars
The Dream Swimmer (1997) 24 exemplars
The Whale Rider [youth edition] (2005) — Autor — 23 exemplars
Ihimaera: His Best Stories (2003) 22 exemplars
Whanau (1974) 21 exemplars
Where's Waari? (2000) 17 exemplars
The Rope of Man (2005) 16 exemplars
Woman Far Walking (2000) 16 exemplars
The new net goes fishing (1977) 14 exemplars
The Trowenna sea : a novel (2009) 13 exemplars
Tangi & Whanau (1994) 12 exemplars
Growing up Māori (1998) 12 exemplars
This is New Zealand (1998) 11 exemplars
Whanau II (2004) 11 exemplars
White Lies (2013) 11 exemplars
Auckland : The city in literature (2003) — Editor — 10 exemplars
Dear Miss Mansfield (1989) 9 exemplars
The Little Kowhai Tree (2002) 9 exemplars
The thrill of falling: stories (2012) 8 exemplars
Mataora The Living Face: Contemporary Maori Artists (1996) — Editor — 8 exemplars
Ask the Posts of the House (2007) 6 exemplars
Maori 6 exemplars
Get on the Waka: Best Recent Maori Fiction (2007) — Editor — 6 exemplars
Band of Angels (2005) 5 exemplars
Te Ata: Maori Art from the East Coast, New Zealand (2002) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Native Son (2019) 4 exemplars
The Legendary Land (1994) 4 exemplars
Beautiful New Zealand (1998) 4 exemplars
Beautiful South Island (1998) 3 exemplars
Mahana (2017) 3 exemplars
Land, sea & sky (1994) 2 exemplars
the astromancer (2022) 2 exemplars
Te Ao Marama volume 4 (1994) 2 exemplars
Out there : portraits of the Hero Parade (2001) — Autor — 1 exemplars
Nga Kupu Wero (2023) 1 exemplars
Le Patriarche (2020) 1 exemplars
Vaalaratsanik (2014) 1 exemplars
On Top Down Under (1998) 1 exemplars
The Matriarch 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Whale Rider [2002 film] (2002) — Col·laborador — 231 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories (1997) — Col·laborador — 100 exemplars
Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction (1996) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
One World of Literature (1992) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
The Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories (2000) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing (2000) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (2003) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars


Coneixement comú



ANZAC Author Challenge June 2015- Kim Scott & Witi Ihimaera a 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (juliol 2015)


An evocative collection of short stories revolving around Māori traditions and values in a modern setting, told from various points of view in a small town. The pride and underlying love in community is at constant - and perhaps a losing - struggle with the slow disconnect of the young people to their culture as Pākehā influences overwhelm their lives. It presents the reality and evolution of indigenous cultures in today's world with matter-of-fact clarity, not pessimistically nor optimistically. Another great addition to Māori literature.… (més)
kitzyl | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 31, 2023 |
Maori chief Koro Apirana is an old man who feels his health and strength fading. He is desperate to have an heir of his own blood to pass on the things the next leader must know. But when his grandson produces the first child of the next generation, it is a disappointing girl. Koro vows to have nothing to do with her and to look outside his immediate family for the next heir.

The girl, Kahu, makes her great grandfather the center of her life and loves him like no other. She also has inherited some of the mystical Maori powers – apparently she can speak to the whales, echoing the Maori legend of Paikea who led his people to New Zealand on the back of a whale.

The story is told by Rawiri, Kahu’s uncle who is finding his own balance between the Maori traditions and the modern world. At one point he goes to work in Papua New Guinea, where, he finds that although the plantation owner’s son is his best friend, other dark-skinned people in the country are treated poorly.

The third set of characters are a pod of whales – we are inside the pod and hear their thoughts as they travel from the Antarctic northward to the fateful island of New Zealand.

This is much more than a children’s story, although it is often depicted as such. It’s a beautiful combination of the exquisitely sad and the beautiful with a strong element of humor thrown in (Go Nanny Flowers!) , which as the author says in an interview, is like “putting an arrow in the bum”(shooting someone with an arrow in the ass) to keep it from being too overwhelming to read.

5 stars with a few tears at the end.
… (més)
streamsong | Hi ha 44 ressenyes més | Jul 23, 2023 |
Differs from the movie enough to keep you guessing, while still being just as charming.
grahzny | Hi ha 44 ressenyes més | Jul 17, 2023 |
I have the same review for nearly every anthology: I loved some pieces and struggled with others. That's the joy in showcasing different voices and perspectives. I rate this so highly because I found each voice interesting, and because we as readers need it to exist. Pacific cultures are so often missing from conversations and awareness here, and without being at all an expert I find myself called on to provide basic knowledge. I'm happy to have more literature to recommend and another way to learn while I'm so far away.… (més)
Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |



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