The Parihaka Woman

The Parihaka Woman Richly imaginative and original weaving together fact and fiction The Parihaka Woman sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events tha

  • Title: The Parihaka Woman
  • Author: Witi Ihimaera
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  • Page: 462
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  • Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, The Parihaka Woman sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s.Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation As her worldRichly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, The Parihaka Woman sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s.Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation As her world is threatened, Erenora must find within herself the strength, courage and ingenuity to protect those whom she loves And, like a Shakespearean heroine, she must change herself before she can take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana.The Parihaka Woman is a wonderfully surprising, inventive and deeply moving riff on fact and fiction, history and imagination from one of New Zealand s finest and most memorable storytellers.

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    • Witi Ihimaera

      Witi Ihimaera is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand, perhaps the best known M ori writer today He is internationally famous for The Whale Rider.Ihimaera lives in New Zealand and is of M ori descent and Anglo Saxon descent through his father, Tom He attended Church College of New Zealand in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand He was the first M ori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories He began to work as a diplomat at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973, and served at various diplomatic posts in Canberra, New York, and Washington, D.C Ihimaera remained at the Ministry until 1989, although his time there was broken by several fellowships at the University of Otago in 1975 and Victoria University of Wellington in 1982 where he graduated with a BA 1 In 1990, he took up a position at the University of Auckland, where he became Professor, and Distinguished Creative Fellow in M ori Literature He retired from this position in 2010.In 2004, his nephew Gary Christie Lewis married Lady Davina Windsor, becoming the first M ori to marry into the British Royal Family.

    420 thoughts on “The Parihaka Woman

    • The promotional blurb says it all - There has never been a New Zealand novel quite like The Parihaka Woman. This was an odd sort of book. I don't think I would call it 'fiction', its really more like 'faction'.Witi Ihimaera is a great writer, but he had a bit of professional bother back in 2009 when he was found to have plagiarised other writers in his novel The Trowenna Sea. So how do you write a historical novel without running the risk of plagiarising anyone? You make the narrator of the nove [...]


    • The narrative style of this book is truly odd, and at times it does not make for a particularly reader-friendly book. Ihimaera has blended together fiction and fact - there is a narrator speaking directly to the reader (who mostly seemed superfluous) who is researching Parihaka as part of a whanau project after discovering the diary of Erenora - the Parihaka woman. So at times a chapter can start with some academic research , full quotations complete with footnotes, and then switch to a third pe [...]


    • This is a chapter in New Zealand's history which I am reasonably familiar and is the thread that weaves the cloth of my sense of 'homeland'. I am part of this history. My ancestors were the ones being allocated land that had been confiscated from the Maori. My mother's forefathers 'owned' prime land in Manaia just a little way around the mountain from Parihaka. My father's forebears won a plot of land in Mokauiti by ballet. Ihimaera did beautifully at recreating the hope and dreams of the people [...]


    • This was an OK read. I felt the book was not particularly easy to read - loads of historical background to get through and the way the author chose to narrate the book seemed pointless and frustrating.Also the main character was too flawless - to the point of being un-human or saintly. To me it lacked credibility.Having said that, once the book got going in the last half, it was a readable and enjoyable story.Plus, it is a very important story to be told so I was pleased that I read it. and saw [...]


    • This was a book of two halves. The first part was build up and the land protests at Parihaka in the late 1870s. The second half was about the heroine travelling across NZ to try to find her husband who had been imprisioned. I think that Witi Ihimaera tried to be a little clever in the combination of fact and fiction, and the voice of the narrator seemed unecessary. But he does know how to pull threads of a story together into shape, and the story mostly enhances the history. I am fascinated by P [...]


    • Completely blown away by this book. Thanks to Joni for lending it to me! Seeing as I am calling Taranaki home at the moment, it was really important that I read this book. One of those harrowing but ultimately inspiring books of the capabilities man has to be cruel to one another. Erenora is a phenomenal woman and the clever way of mixing history, journalism and her narrative was quite a written achievement. Brilliant book.


    • I have been fascinated with Parihaka and Te Whiti's peaceful protest for a long time. It has been difficult to find information on this subject. Thank you Witi for fleshing this out with thorough research and sensitivity


    • Combines history with fiction in an interesting way, with a strong female main character. An important revelation for all New Zealanders of the injustices in the way land was stolen from Maori by the government of the day


    • An exceptional account of the history of the Taranaki area in New Zealand, and the really turbulent times in the 1880s.


    • Great look at Taranaki's history and lovely retelling of it. Erenora is an amazing, humble woman and her character completely hooked me in ;-)


    • Having read some mixed reviews before I read this, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a great way to learn about this important event in NZ history and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    • This is one of the best books that I have ever read. A story of love and the amazing strength of maori women and an insight into Parihaka. A must read!!


    • Another great historical novel. I was every interested in the facts and read all the references. A book for all NZ'ers. I look forward to the movie.




    • The compelling story of a strong woman and the man she loved set in the troubled times of Maori and pakeha landwars at Parihaka. Witi weaves a wonderful tale of fact and fiction together.


    • An absorbing read. Mix of fact and fiction, with notes to let us know which is which. The story is narrated by an elderly, fictional Maori teacher and amateur historian, who extensively quotes a diary by the fictional heroine from Parihaka, Erenora. But the background is the true story of events and actions surrounding the routing of the peaceful Taranaki kainga, Parihaka, in the 1870s and 1880s for the purpose of European settlement--and the efforts by Parihaka women to find their men who were [...]


    • This is a very unusual historical novel. It's written by the author of The Whale Rider, who is a Maori. This book tells the story of a nonviolent movement in the late 1800's in NZ, where the Maoris tried to protect one of their settlements against white encroachment by using peaceful protests. it didn't work (of course, sigh), and all kinds of brutalities ensued. It makes you wonder that any Maoris, or their culture, survive today.Based on solid research, this book is also part romance. The char [...]


    • I feel ashamed that I know so little about NZ history. This book was an excellent and gripping historical novel that revealed the unjust and tyrannical treatment the British settlers heaped upon the Maori population in Taranaki. The peaceful resistance of the people of Parihaka is a part of NZ history we should celebrate and learn from. I have heard it suggested that instead of Guy Fawkes day we should have Parihaka day. An excellent idea in my view. Another inspiring aspect of this book was its [...]


    • This short book has given me a huge appreciation of what the Maori people went through in the 1800s as European people and law were inflicted on them. It describes the events over a lifetime which really broke the spirit of the strong, proud and intelligent people. Sadly that spirit is still broken. The book has helped me with my minuscule understanding of the Maori view at my work.Once the background is paved, the book is a real page turner as it describes places in NZ from a Maori woman's jour [...]


    • I usually love Witi Ihimaira's books but found this one disappointing. While I loved reading about the history of Parihaka and Te Kooti (which was well captured) I found the structure of the book distracting and annoying (I think he was trying to write it in the oral tradition of speaking on the marae). It was fascinating learning about the strength of some of the key Maori woman resident at Parihaka though


    • Based on historical events, ' The Parihaka Woman' was educational, saddening and inspirational too. What a rugged (understatement) time our tipuna endured, yet courage and fortitude remained. Helped me to better understand some of the factual information about Parihaka. I learned a lot of historical facts from this book, and because it is written as a novel, it was easier to digest. Highly recommend this book!


    • I enjoyed this book. As an immigrant to New Zealand, I found it interesting reading a book based on Maori/New Zealand history. It is historical fiction, so don't take it as a perfect reflection of events. If you have issues with authors breaking the "4th wall" maybe not for you - Ihimaera floats in and out with a narrator, in addition to the main character's narration. Overall an interesting story and enjoyable read.


    • Living away from New Zealand I pine for a good kiwi read. I picked this up my last time home. I enjoyed it enough, it had moments or brilliance but it hasn't stayed with me. Worth getting from the library but not paying 40dollars for in the store. I loved the historical nature of the book, reading about Parihaka inspired me to read more, but the second half wasn't as good.


    • Like others on I found the narrative structure, the blending of fact and fiction, hard to follow and it made me less enthused about continuing reading the book. Glad I finished it though and certainly learned a lot about Parihaka that I will likely retain as a result of reading this book.


    • I nearly gave up reading this book because the writing was so laboured but the subject compelled me to finish it. I normally love with ihimaera's novels but the structure of this one made it a difficult read. However, I will probably recall more of the details of what happened at Parihaka from reading this than from a history book.


    • I got this book as a controlled release at the 2012 Bookcrossing Convention in Dublin last weekend, just before we were about to leave, as mahinaarangi wanted it to be released somewhere further north. I may read it before releasing


    • The story is simple - woman sets out on a journey to find and rescue her husband. What I did like was the description of the Maori struggle and the way the author connected scenes from history and his interpretations within the setting of the story.


    • It the point of tossing this book out, I read some reviews saying the second half was better than the first. I found the style clunky and in voice of the narator irritating and intrusive.On the positive side, nz history, human brutality, personal strength.


    • Thoroughly enjoyed this book and found the narrative style helpful in linking the present with the past. I live in Taranaki and found this book inspired me to read more about local and national history.


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