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Whanau II



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# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 2004-00-00 Reed Publishing Ltd.  

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All new edition of Whanau, the classic New Zealand novel by Witi Ihimaera. Whanau II has been totally revised from the perspective of a mature writer - but without losing the anger and aroha that powered the original. Inspired by Dylan Thomas's Under Milkwood, in Whanau II Ihimaera assembles a cast of characters in the rural Maori community of Waituhi: Rongo Mahana, alone in a landscape altered by Pakeha values; Miro Mananui fighting to retain her land; Andrew Whatu, who must leave the village to follow his ambitions; Mattie Jones, who came back to the village defeated by the city; and Nanny Paora, who escapes the present by living in the past. In an author's note, Ihimaera explains this unusual process of revisiting an earlier work and building on it, weaving in threads to strengthen and enrich the fabric of this wonderful novel.

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