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Witi Ihimaera

Autor(a) de The Whale Rider

67+ Works 2,460 Membros 76 Críticas 7 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras por Witi Ihimaera

The Whale Rider (1987) 1,410 exemplares
The Matriarch (1986) 100 exemplares
Pounamu Pounamu (1972) 99 exemplares
Bulibasha King of the Gypsies (1994) 86 exemplares
The Uncle's Story (2000) 85 exemplares
Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1995) 57 exemplares
Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers (2019) — Editor — 47 exemplares
Tangi (1973) 42 exemplares
The Parihaka Woman (2011) 40 exemplares
Sky Dancer (2003) 39 exemplares
Black Marks on the White Page (2017) 29 exemplares
The Dream Swimmer (1997) 24 exemplares
Ihimaera: His Best Stories (2003) 23 exemplares
The Whale Rider [youth edition] (2005) — Autor — 23 exemplares
Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood (2014) 22 exemplares
Whanau (1974) 21 exemplares
Where's Waari? (2000) 17 exemplares
The Rope of Man (2005) 16 exemplares
Woman Far Walking (2000) 16 exemplares
The new net goes fishing (1977) 14 exemplares
The Trowenna sea : a novel (2009) 13 exemplares
Tangi & Whanau (1994) 12 exemplares
This is New Zealand (1998) 11 exemplares
Whanau II (2004) 11 exemplares
Growing up Māori (1998) 11 exemplares
White Lies (2013) 10 exemplares
Auckland : The city in literature (2003) — Editor — 10 exemplares
Dear Miss Mansfield (1989) 9 exemplares
The Little Kowhai Tree (2002) 9 exemplares
The thrill of falling: stories (2012) 8 exemplares
Mataora The Living Face: Contemporary Maori Artists (1996) — Editor — 7 exemplares
Ask the Posts of the House (2007) 6 exemplares
Maori 6 exemplares
Get on the Waka: Best Recent Maori Fiction (2007) — Editor — 6 exemplares
Band of Angels (2005) 5 exemplares
Te Ata: Maori Art from the East Coast, New Zealand (2002) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Native Son (2019) 4 exemplares
The Legendary Land (1994) 4 exemplares
Beautiful New Zealand (1998) 4 exemplares
Beautiful South Island (1998) 3 exemplares
Mahana (2017) 3 exemplares
Land, sea & sky (1994) 2 exemplares
the astromancer (2022) 2 exemplares
Te Ao Marama volume 4 (1994) 2 exemplares
Out there : portraits of the Hero Parade (2001) — Autor — 1 exemplar
Nga Kupu Wero 1 exemplar
Le Patriarche (2020) 1 exemplar
Vaalaratsanik (2014) 1 exemplar
On Top Down Under (1998) 1 exemplar
The Matriarch 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Whale Rider [2002 film] (2002) — Contribuidor — 227 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction (1996) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
The Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing (2000) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (2003) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



ANZAC Author Challenge June 2015- Kim Scott & Witi Ihimaera em 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (Julho 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.… (mais)
kitzyl | 4 outras críticas | 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.
… (mais)
streamsong | 44 outras críticas | Jul 23, 2023 |
Differs from the movie enough to keep you guessing, while still being just as charming.
grahzny | 44 outras críticas | 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.… (mais)
Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |



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