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ISBN:1743108753
Author: Witi Ihimaera,Jay Laga'aia
ISBN13: 978-1743108758
Title: The Whale Rider
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Language: English
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Bolinda Audio; Unabridged edition (May 28, 2012)

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera,Jay Laga'aia



Many people have seen the beautiful movie Whale Rider, but like most of them, I hadn't had a chance to read Witi Ihimaera's stunning book. I've loved Ihimaera's writing for decades now, and the smooth, lyrical story telling of his young adult novel is more proof of his mastery.

Jay Laga'aia, Donovan Bixley (Illustrator).

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Narrator: Jay Laga'aia. Moving effortlessly between mythology and realism, pathos and comedy, The Whale Rider will delight readers of all ages. Since its publication in 1987, The Whale Rider has been reprinted numerous times and has become one of Witi Ihimaera's best-loved books. He teaches English and creative writing at the University of Auckland.

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Written by Witi Ihimaera, Audiobook narrated by Jay Laga'aia. The classic book that inspired the award-winning, internationally released film Whale Rider, winner of Best Film at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and 2004 Academy Awards Best Actress nomination for Keisha Castle-Hughes. Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he's focused in his duties as Chief, in a tribe that claims decent from the legendary "whale rider". A male has always inherited the title of Chief, but now there is no male heir. There's only Kahu, and her great-grandfather sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored

New Zealander Jay Laga’aia effortlessly navigates the Maori names, facilitating the listener’s entrance into another culture. His pacing is confident, and his inflections, though sometimes a bit comical for the women, allow for easy differentiation among characters. Laga’aia’s narration acts as a guide as the story’s characters move from traditional beliefs to new awareness. The audio is instrumental in proving that even with such a wonderful movie, the book is better.

Written by Witi Ihimaera, narrated by Jay Laga'aia. There's only Kahu, and her great-grandfather sees no use for a girl

The Whale Rider (2003). A friend recommended this to me a few years ago and so finally I pulled it off my bookshelf and read it and after such a long time of being embedded in bricks, or books that I wasn’t particularly taken with, The Whale Rider felt like a breath of fresh sea ai. himaera chose to tell the story not from Kahu’s.

The whale rider was Kahutia Te Rangi. Ancestor of the people of Te Tai Rawhiti, he travelled from Hawaiki, the place of the Ancients, to the east coast of New Zealand. Then there was Kahu. The first great-grandchild of the whanau, she was loved by all her relatives except the one whose love she needed most―her great-grandfather. Moving effortlessly between mythology and realism, pathos and comedy, The Whale Rider will delight listeners of all ages.

Reviews: 7
Arith
The Whangara people, a Maori tribe in New Zealand, is traditionally guided by a man. Nevertheless, this tradition is threatened when Koro's first-born great grandchild, Kahu, is a girl. Koro, leader of the tribe, is crushed by this fact, and repudiates the devoted love of Kahu and refuses to see the signs that shows she is the one.

I watched the film adaptation when it came out in 2002, and I loved it. I even own the soundtrack of the film by Lisa Gerrard, which I listen now and then. After 15 years since the movie came out, I decided to read the book. I had had my doubts beforehand because some reviewers claimed that this was one of those cases where the film was better than the book, but I can honestly say that the book is worth reading. The film is visually and musically spellbinding, but the book provides the necessary background to fully appreciate the myth and legend behind it.

Rawiri, the uncle, is the narrator of the story, to the point that the book seems to be about both Kahu (Paikea in the film) and Rawiri himself. Kahu's dad plays a secondary role in the book, while in the film he is an important character. There is even a chapter about Rawiri in Australia and Papua New Guinea, which was very intesting, but made me wonder why the book had taken that direction and why the story of Kahu had taken a sudden break.

I would say the book is split in three parts. The slow beginning, where we read about Kahu's birth and her grandfather's reluctance to see "the signs". The interesting middle part, where we read about Maori people in Australia and Rawiri in Papua New Guinea. Finally, the passionate last chapters, where Kahu shows why she is "the one".

This is my second book by Witi Ihimaera, and it will not be my last one.
Datrim
Many people have seen the beautiful movie Whale Rider, but like most of them, I hadn't had a chance to read Witi Ihimaera's stunning book. I've loved Ihimaera's writing for decades now, and the smooth, lyrical story telling of his young adult novel is more proof of his mastery. Starting with the ancestor tale of an East Coast iwi, then moving forward to modern day members of the same group which is disintegrating in post-colonial New Zealand, the novel takes the voice of the Uncle, not Pai, and this unexpected perspective gives the author a lot of room to explore and evoke. I recommend this book highly to anyone wanting to read a moving novel, or to learn about Maori culture, but also to anyone interested in post-colonial indigenous writing. The underlying themes are universal and both distressing and uplifting. The book is also a lengthy exploration of changing gender roles, and questioning the roles of women in an indigenous culture is really important but often difficult. Ihimaera doesn't shy away from big questions, and it is a gift to all of us. On top of all of that, it's just a really beautiful novel, and one I'll reread often.
Thiama
This is a beautifully written tale of a young girl destined to save her Maori community from disintegration; told from the point of view of her cousin who gradually comes to understand how special she really is, it is both a cautionary tale of gender bias in traditional communities and a story about the conflict between tradition and modernity. Teens will enjoy it, although it will often send them to the dictionary and to the book's helpful glossary. This is that rare book which can be enjoyed by adults and young people as well--but is especially wonderful as a gift for a girl since girl heroes are so rare. It is the sort of story which can also be read TO children. A must for anyone who loved Niki Caro's movie, but also for readers who like to learn about aboriginal communities. While "The Whale Rider" is fiction, it is suffused with Maori legend and lore. Strong female characters also include Paikea's grandmother. At the end, the writer thoughtfully includes the Maori legend in its original form.
Mustard Forgotten
This is an interesting novel that is suitable for both children and adults. I enjoyed reading it very much. It portrays Maori culture accurately. That is a strength and a bit of a weakness; if one is not attuned to that culture, one can be a little lost. The book is like much in contemporary life in that it depicts a girl who succeeds against odds. I recommend it to anyone.
Rainpick
I am a Special Education teacher. This book is a tall reach for my student's reading abilities, but so full of wonderful ideas, that it was worth the work. We watched the movie first, to build background knowledge, then read the book. It works best when I have the movie and the book and can build background knowledge. We read the book out loud in class, so chance of students not reading the book! And having a female protagonist is nice for a change.
Erienan
After touring New Zealand for many months after arriving by sea crossing all of French Polynesia from Panama and visiting all the islands, I am reminded once again of the strong Maori vulture and their love of the land and sea. An excellent read, full of tradition.
CONVERSE
Throughout the history of humankind there have been self centered beliefs that coexist with a sense of connectedness with the rest of the earth. While indigenous tribes held discriminatory beliefs, many, like the Maori tribe, lived in greater harmony with nature, if not with one another. This eloquent writer beautifully delineated this contradiction of beliefs. I highly recommend this novel.
Beautifully written prose, and an lovely story. I was entranced by the interweaving of ancient legend and a contemporary narrative. The relationships among the characters are charming, and the narrator's voice is interesting and engaging. This is worth reading!