Where's Waari?

by Witi Ihimaera (ed) | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0790007355 Global Overview for this book
Registered by futurecat of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 10/15/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, October 15, 2004
Bought second-hand especially for Bookcrossing. I'll be taking it to the BCAUS convention in Sydney (I'll probably try and read it first).

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Journal Entry 2 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, October 23, 2004
The stories in this book are presented chronologically, and illustrate the way attitudes to Maori have changed in New Zealand over the last 150 years or so. Taken in that way, it's a fascinating book, that moves from the cringe-worthy European retellings of the romantic myths of a "dying race", to the contemporary work of young Maori writers. I would like to have had a date for each story, though - there are writer biographies in the back of the book which give you an idea, but it would have been clearer if the publication date of each story was actually printed with the story itself.
As a collection of stories, there is a lot of variation (not only in subject matter, but also in how good the writing is). The chronological nature of the colection unfortunately means that the first few stories are probably the ones that would least appeal to a casual reader, so I could see someone reading those and not bothering to read on further. A pity, because some of the later stories are real classics.

The fact that I've actually met a couple of the featured authors is just a bonus :-)

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Journal Entry 3 by futurecat at Hyde Park in Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, November 14, 2004
Released on Friday, November 12, 2004 at about 11:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Hyde Park in Sydney, New South Wales Australia.


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