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The Rope of Man

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THE ROPE OF MAN is two books in one. The first book, TANGI, is set in 1973 and focuses on Tama Mahana, a young 20-year old newspaper reporter working in Wellington, as he attends his father's funeral in Waituhi. The second book, THE RETURN is a sequel, set in 2005; Tama Mahana, now 52, is living in London and is a successful TV anchorman of an international news show. This ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published January 18th 2005 by Reed Books (first published January 2005)
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Susan
Aug 06, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
I read, wept, and loved this story. All maori will see themselves in this story which is richly woven with whakapapa, whanau, aroha, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga. beautiful references to Te Kore, Te Aol Marama, Rangi and Papa. Nga mihi me Nga kihi Witi Ihimaera.
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Apr 18, 2016 Rob Carr rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in this (tangi). It was great writing and unusual insight into Maori culture. The second I was less keen on. This is perhaps because as a result of having a closer knowledge of how the media works it was less believable.
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Jan 26, 2008 Saya Hashimoto rated it really liked it
While parts of the second book somehow render pompous New Zealanders' mal du pays, there is so much to love; the lengthy time frame from pre urban migration Maori to the present is written as two different books, and it works. I cried like a baby for some reason.
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First attempt at reading writing by Maori authors...was actually really difficult to relate to the cultural experiences that comes with the writing...
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Witi Ihimaera is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand, perhaps the best-known Māori writer today. He is internationally famous for The Whale Rider.

Ihimaera in New Zealand and is of Māori 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 Māori writer to publish both a novel and a b
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