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10 thoughts on “Tangi

  1. Nat Nat says:

    Having experienced the loss of loved ones this year this novel resonated with me on a level I didn t expect.This novel is ihimaeras first and I learnt was also he first novel to be published by a Maori writer in New Zealand which made it evenspecial.The repetitive nature of the novel makes it quite poetic and I couldn t help but feel a lot of what was written was taken from Ihimaeras own experience of losing a loved one It was intimate and spiritual loved it


  2. Rob Carr Rob Carr says:

    Takes you a little while to get used to how it jumps back and forth between the present and memories but it is a fascinating and well written book.


  3. Robyn Kramer Robyn Kramer says:

    This book is so incredibly powerful If you want to understand aroha, read this, and bring tissues I teared up many times and outright cried once Witi is a wordsmith and beautifully weaves in M ori traditions while telling a story of loss, love, and renewal.


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    2.5 5, a bit boring to be honest


  5. Frumenty Frumenty says:

    I ve been a long time reading this little book I had put it aside for quite a while, and now I m too busy to give it the thoughtful review it deserves university exam time The story really couldn t be simpler young Maori man s father dies and he goes home for the funeral tangi The narrative isn t really the point The book is about maoritanga , Maori culture I occasionally tell new arrivals in New Zealand that if they want to understand New Zealand then one thing they will need is a Ma I ve been a long time reading this little book I had put it aside for quite a while, and now I m too busy to give it the thoughtful review it deserves university exam time The story really couldn t be simpler young Maori man s father dies and he goes home for the funeral tangi The narrative isn t really the point The book is about maoritanga , Maori culture I occasionally tell new arrivals in New Zealand that if they want to understand New Zealand then one thing they will need is a Maori dictionary, because the media is full of Maori words which most Kiwis seem to be familiar with This little book could really do with a glossary Some readers will find this book quite slow and repetitive there is a ritualistic quality about the writing It gives a very positive spin on Maori culture the young man s parents are honest, loving and hard working the community pulls together to support the family when the father dies the most important Maori value is aroha , which my little dictionary translates as love, affection compassion, pity It s a long way from Once were warriors The agenda of that book was to confront the issues dividing Maori society the agenda of this one is to present maoritanga to New Zealand, and to Maori s too I suppose, as something to be proud of If Maori culture interests you, then I can recommend it


  6. Jesse Jesse says:

    Tangi is the first novel of Witi Ihimaera s that I ve read and I found it extremely hard to read, and at the same time I enjoyed every minute of it It s not a difficult read, and actually is repetitive throughout But it has an almost hypnotic quality The book itself weaves two strands the return of Tama to his home after his father s death, and Tama dealing with his father s death after it has happened Maybe there are evenstrands in there I think it s this quality that makes the repe Tangi is the first novel of Witi Ihimaera s that I ve read and I found it extremely hard to read, and at the same time I enjoyed every minute of it It s not a difficult read, and actually is repetitive throughout But it has an almost hypnotic quality The book itself weaves two strands the return of Tama to his home after his father s death, and Tama dealing with his father s death after it has happened Maybe there are evenstrands in there I think it s this quality that makes the repetition interesting, rather than boring It s a hugely emotional book, and made me pretty sad at times I haven t found many books that really do that well It took me about two months to read I did it in tiny snack size pieces, and it put me behind in my reading challenge for 2013 But it was worth every page


  7. Allie Allie says:

    I have a lot of feelings about this book Tangi tells the story of a man going home for his father s funeral He retraces old steps, both physical and emotional, as he goes from his everyday life to his traditional Maori home Witi Ihimaera uses Maori songs and text to underscore the profound cultural connection and heartache this young man feels The prose was simple and clear, which beautifully serves the themes and narrative tone If you can get your hands on a copy and that is a pretty big I have a lot of feelings about this book Tangi tells the story of a man going home for his father s funeral He retraces old steps, both physical and emotional, as he goes from his everyday life to his traditional Maori home Witi Ihimaera uses Maori songs and text to underscore the profound cultural connection and heartache this young man feels The prose was simple and clear, which beautifully serves the themes and narrative tone If you can get your hands on a copy and that is a pretty big if , I definitely recommend reading it


  8. zespri zespri says:

    A young maori boy returns home for the death of his father A simple enough story line, but it is a beautiful portrayal of maori life and custom surrounding death For those of us who are pakeha, it lifts the lid of the Tangi, and the way the maori community celebrate the passing of one of their own.


  9. Josephine Ensign Josephine Ensign says:

    A good introduction to Ihimaera s writing I m now on to reading his first published book story collection, Pounamu, Pounamu.


  10. Trish Moeke Trish Moeke says:

    Average


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Tangi ❰Epub❯ ➝ Tangi Author Witi Ihimaera – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Tangi is a poetic drama in prose, about a young man and his father It is an account of death, but also an affirmation of life Tangi describes simply and sincerely, the Maori values placed on life and Tangi is a poetic drama in prose, about a young man and his father It is an account of death, but also an affirmation of life Tangi describes simply and sincerely, the Maori values placed on life and on aroha, love and sympathy for each other.