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The Classic Book That Inspired The Award Winning, Internationally Released Film Whale Rider, Winner Of Best Film At The Sundance Film Festival And 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 And In Her Struggle She Has A Unique Ally The Whale Rider Himself


4 thoughts on “The Whale Rider

  1. Holly "Ragdoll Reads" Hodson Holly "Ragdoll Reads" Hodson says:

    TL DR A story of whales, mythology, history and culture A must read.RAGDOLL RATING Exceptional.What I thought This is the story of Kahu and the whales Kahu, a young Maori girl, grows up desperate to connect with her grandfather, Koro She wants nothing than to learn about Maori culture and win her grandfathers love and respect But Koro will not have it But Kahu is destined for great things, and when the great whales come, everything starts to change.I loved this book I really don t know what it was specifically I liked so much about it Perhaps it was the poetic use of language, the way the Maori language was woven in with the English Or the beautiful way the story of Paikea was told, and linked artfully into the main story It could have been the characters, and the interplay between them It could have been the account of how the people banded together to save a troop of whales Or it could have been any number of other things.The point is, I read this book and I loved it I didn t love bits of it, I didn t really like the ending and the rest was a bit naff I loved all of it, from beginning to end Something about it just spoke to me on a deeper level than just enjoying the plot But until I can figure out why that was, I m going to assume it had something to do with the whales.Just read it, I can t promise you ll like it the same way I did, but it s certainly worth a try.___________________________________________Please note I am in no way affiliated with the author or publishers I bought this book with my own money for my own reasons The opinions contained within are my own and have not been influenced by any external entity


  2. John Scott John Scott says:

    A magical story with feminist overtones Human interactions with creatures from the sea have been documented for centuries and in many cultures for example Pliny s story of the boy and the dolphin and in this story from the Maaori community in New Zealand we see how the girl, rejected as potential leader material by her grandfather simply because she is not male, achieves something which grown men can only dream of, and which links her, and her community, with her Austronesian roots I don t want to give too much detail, lest it spoil the story for you but I can really recommend this little book I couldn t put it down, and finished it in one evening The one thing which the book did not do quite so well was to give translations of every one of the Maaori words and sentences encountered in the book but this did not diminish its charm.


  3. Judy Croome Judy Croome says:

    Written in 1987, THE WHALE RIDER is a deceptively short book Only 120 pages long, it s a richly layered story dealing with several major social issues family relationships, gender discrimination, generational differences, racial prejudice, loss of the cultural identity of indigenous tribes, ecological conservationism and modern man s disconnection from his spiritual self.Kahu is a young Maori girl who, from the moment of her birth, had a deep connection with her great grandfather Koro Apirana, a powerful Maori Chieftan Custodian of his people s indigenous culture, Koro searches desperately for his successor a boy who, for the good of all his people, will value and understand the ancient Maori traditions as much as Koro does Kahu s uncle Rawiri, who narrates most of the story, and her great grandmother Nanni Flowers, see in Kahu s spirit that which Koro seeks the soul of the future Chieftan who will lead the Maoris of Whangara into the 21st century But Kahu is a girl and, in Maori tradition, only men can perform the sacred traditions that keep the Maori people blessed of their gods and their ancestors.From the delightfully subversive feminist Nanni Flowers to good guy Rawiri who, along with a diverse group of people tried desperately to save 200 beached whales one of the several scenes in the book which had me sobbing out loud , to the serene, compassionate and otherworldly Kahu, the story is filled with remarkable characters These include the Old Whale, an ancient sea creature that has survived for centuries to ensure that Kahu meets her destiny of ensuring that the sacred Maori traditions shall live on into the new century.The lyrical, almost magical, descriptions of the herd of whales journeys through the depths of the great oceans contrast beautifully with Rawiri s simple, down to earth narrative The boneless, weightless feel of the writing in the whale scenes recreate both a transcendent spiritual state and the sensation of swimming underwater From the comical rendition of the constant bickering of Koro Apirana and his wife Nanni Flowers, to the well of emotion that has him spontaneously performing the haka to support Kahu at her school prize giving, Rawiri s gentle perceptions of his extended Maori family reveal the deep bonds of love and culture holding them together Family, he says to his white friend Jeff, is Family Some of the Maori terms were, at times, confusing and the edition I read did not have a glossary of Maori terms, which would have been useful.This lack, however, did not detract from the lush splendour of THE WHALE RIDER, a beautiful story of hope and promise.


  4. Sarah Jones Sarah Jones says:

    I really liked this book I d seen the film and wanted to go to the original source and read the book The film had changed the story slightly as most film adaptations do and I was a little concerned that this might spoil my enjoyment of the book as I loved the film I needn t have worried the book is beautiful I particularly enjoyed the occasional poetic sections which added a new dimension to my understanding of the story The book is incredibly well written and Witi Ihimaera is very economical with the words each word has weight and so the book is relatively short I read it over three sessions and enjoyed it tremendously.