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Uncle's Story, The - Witi Ihimaera

Paperback Published: 5th November 2003
ISBN: 9780143018988
Number Of Pages: 384

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Michael Mahana's personal disclosure to his parents leads to the uncovering of another family secret - about his uncle, Sam, who had fought in the Vietnam War. Now, armed with his uncle's diary, Michael goes searching for the truth about his uncle, about the secret the Mahana family has kept hidden for over thirty years, and what happened to Sam. Set in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam and in present-day New Zealand and North America, Witi Ihimaera's dramatic novel combines the superb story-telling of Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies with the unflinching realism of Nights in the Gardens of Spain. A powerful love story, it courageously confronts Maori attitudes to sexuality and masculinity and contains some of Ihimaera's most passionate writing to date. Also available as an eBook

Powerful, touching love story


Witi Ihimaera has been a long time favourite author who I discovered 30 years ago whilst trotting the globe. His fictional story telling often weaves spiritual belief of Maori and evokes a deep sense of belonging for those of us whose umbilical cord to Aoteroa is stretched to the four corners of the world. 'The Uncle's Story' is a beautiful haunting love story reaching through the generations. It challenges Maori attitude to sexuality, masculinity and non-heterosexual relationships. Ihimaera writes with deep passion laced with wonderful (Maori) wit. Sam stayed with me long after I read the last paragraph, he sits in a prominent spot on my bookshelf.

Darwin, Australia


Uncle's Story, The

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ISBN: 9780143018988
ISBN-10: 0143018981
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 5th November 2003
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
Country of Publication: NZ
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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