Witi Ihimaera

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Witi Ihimaera wurde 1944 nahe bei Gisborne in Neuseeland geboren. Er arbeitete unter anderem als Diplomat in Canberra, New York und Washington und als Professor an der University of Auckland. Ihimaera gilt als der bedeutendste lebende Māori-Autor. Er schreibt hauptsächlich Kurzgeschichten und Romane. Sein Roman "Whale Rider" wurde außerdem verfilmt.

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Whalerider

Whalerider

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Erschienen am 23.03.2018
Aroha

Aroha

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Erschienen am 01.01.1998
The Whale Rider

The Whale Rider

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Erschienen am 22.02.2005
Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

 (1)
Erschienen am 17.01.1995
Whanau

Whanau

 (1)
Erschienen am 01.11.1983
Pounamu Pounamu

Pounamu Pounamu

 (1)
Erschienen am 01.01.2003
The Thrill of Falling

The Thrill of Falling

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Erschienen am 18.01.2013
The Rope of Man

The Rope of Man

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Erschienen am 18.10.2005

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Rezension zu "The Whale Rider" von Witi Ihimaera

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darklittledancervor 2 Jahren

When Kahu is born, her great-grandfather Koro, the chief of Ngati Konohi in Whangara on the North Island of New Zealand, is deeply disappointed that she is a girl. He was hoping for a male descendant to become the next chief.
Kahu grows up to be an inquisitive young girl that is loved by many except Koro, who always gives her the cold shoulder and doesn't recognize that this girl would be the perfect leader for his tribe.

The story, apart from the mystic subplot about a pod of whales, is told from Rawhiri's point of view. He is Kahu's uncle and one of her guardians. He is always in the room when Koro and his wife Nani have their arguments and when Nani shows that she fully understands Kahu's potential.

Unfortunately, The Whale Rider never really gripped me. That already started at the beginning with the overuse of Maori terms that weren't explained and went on with nothing really happening until the very end. There was one instance where Witi Ihimaera might have tried to create some tension by moving the story and our narrator Rawhiri to Australia and New Guinea but I don't think that this added to the plot. I was simply worried that Nani and Koro might pass away during his absence.

Nevertheless, Witi Ihimaera created a Young Adult novel that raises awareness for the situation of all the indigenous people who have to find a way to live in a modern world and not to lose their identities. I think that Maori culture isn't that different from ours 50-100 years ago. They have their customs, legends and rituals that they are trying to preserve.
The Whale Rider also shows that children often have a stronger connection to nature than most adults. They are capable of doing things we wouldn't believe them to be able to do if we only let them.

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Rezension zu "The Whale Rider" von Witi Ihimaera

Ein interessanter Blick auf den Konflikt zwischen Tradition und Moderne
BloodyBigMessvor 2 Jahren

The Whale Rider ist eine Geschichte über den Konflikt von Moderne und Tradition, zwischen in die Zukunft blicken, aber dabei die Vergangenheit nicht vergessen und Ihimaera zieht diesen Konflikt mit einem roten Faden durch seinen Roman und lässt alle seine Figuren damit kämpfen.

Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei in junges Mädchen namens Kahu, die sich bemüht eine Stelle für sich in der Gesellschaft, in ihrem Stamm, zu schaffen und die Schlüsselfigur dafür ist, ihr Volk in eine bessere Zukunft zu führen, ihr der Weg aber erschwert wird durch die sexistischen Traditionen und Ansichten ihres Großvaters.

Dabei wird die Geschichte von ihrem Onkel erzählt, der dem Leser eine Perspektive dafür bietet, wie die einheimische Bevölkerung von Oceanischen Ländern oft durch Rassismus und Vorurteilen von der Entwicklung mit dem Rest der Welt und mit der Technologie gebremst wird, sodass andere Völker einen unfairen Vorsprung haben.

Ihimaera baut dabei Mythologie aus Neuseeland in seine Geschichte, die als Parallele zu den Problemen der Figuren heute fungiert und die Dichotomie zwischen Kultur & Tradition und Fortschritt & Technologie nur noch mehr hervorhebt, gleichzeitig dem Leser aber deutlich macht, wieso es so wichtig ist, dass die Figuren einen Fortschritt in die Zukunft machen OHNE ihre Kultur in Vergessenheit geraten zu lassen.

Alles in allem behandelt der Roman also ein sehr interessantes Dilemma, dass auch den Leser sehr zum Nachdenken bringt.

Dabei muss man aber leider erwähnen, dass sich The Whale Rider sehr wie ein Schulbuch lesen lässt. Man sieht bereits am Anfang das Ende kommen, dass "vorausahnen lassen" ist hier fast schon schmerzhaft offensichtlich.

So habe ich auch die Bedeutung der Mythologie-Passagen durchaus verstanden und konnte es nachvollziehen, aber das Ganze war für mich leider nicht interessant genug verpackt und das Lesen aus der Perspektive einer uralten magischen Wals für mich viel langweiliger als es sein sollte.

Letztendlich ist the Whale Rider aber dennoch eine herzerwärmende, nette kleine Geschichte, die ein sehr wichtiges Konflikt ins Scheinwerferlicht wirft.

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Rezension zu "The Whale Rider" von Witi Ihimaera

A look into Maori culture AND THE WONDERFUL CREATURES THAT ARE WHALES
Janinasmindvor 2 Jahren

It has taken me an incredibly long time to finish this book. That's more than a little embarassing considering the length of the novel is, like, 150 pages? Which is nothing for me. Normally. Normally.

The Whale Rider is not a bad book. (Let's get that out of the way first.) The sole reason for my slow slow progress when it comes to this book is the way it's written and the opposite of subtle references to the traditions in Maori culture and the female status. It felt like reading a schoolbook. (Which isn't negative per se.) But that made it kind of hard for me to enjoy the journey. It fet like I was reading for the purpose of having read the book and not to like it. (Which is sad.)

So now to the good things: magical realism aspects, female (instead of male) powerful and important descendant and the relationships between Kahu (protagonist) and her uncle (the narrator) and Nani (her grandmother). GUSH. (Supportive family is one of my favourite things in fiction. And non-fiction - and in general.) Also, whales. And dolphins. And the ocean. I love the ocean. Very much. So there's that.

(more reviews on my blog: https://zwischenweltlerinblog.wordpress.com/)

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A young girl, her grandfather and a great legacy!

Are you up for a fantastic journey to New Zealand and into mythical folklore? Witi Ihimaera's children's classic The Whale Rider takes you back in time and connects Maori traditions and legends with a contemporary story.

Young Kahu is about to inherit the title of chief of her tribe. It's an important and powerful position. But there is one problem: Kahu is a girl and her great-grandfather does not deem her worthy of the title ... yet.

Join our Let's Read in English book club and discuss great novels each month.  Usually, there won't be any free books but you are welcome to discuss every book at your own convenience. If you participate actively (around 5 substantial posts), you can also earn a lottery ticket for the raffle at the end of the year!

More about the book
Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he's focused on his duties as chief of the Maori in Whangara, New Zealand - a tribe that claims descent from the legendary "whale rider". In every generation since the whale rider, a male has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir - there's only Kahu. She should be next in line for the title, but her great-grandfather is blinded by tradition and sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored. And in her struggle she has a unique ally: the whale rider himself, from whom she has inherited the ability to communicate with whales.

More about the author
Witi Ihimaera was born close to Gisborne, New Zealand in 1944. Among other things, he worked as a diplomat in Canberra, New York and Washington, and was a professor at the University of Auckland. Ihimaera is considered one of the most important and influential living author of Māori descent. His novel "Whale Rider" has been made into a major film starring Keisha Castle-Hughes who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Pei/Kahu.

To kick off the Let's Read in English book club, we're giving away three copies of The Whale Rider! Please note that you are asked to actively participate in the book club if you win a copy!

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Witi Ihimaera wurde am 07. Februar 1944 in Gisborne (Neuseeland) geboren.

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