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The Parihaka Woman

Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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. There has never been a New Zealand novel quite like The Parihaka Woman.

Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, it 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.

©2011 Witi Ihimaera (P)2016 Bolinda

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heartmoving

I loved every moment, the strength of both men,woman and children are to be acknowledge.
peace came at a high price

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An immersive experience

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Compelling characters brought to life I n an amazing story that is weaved together by excellent narration. Not sure where the manuscripts ended and the fiction began, such is the entrancement of this tale. Expertly brings to life the injustice of colonial settlement in New Zealand. Kia Kaha!

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  • Philip
  • Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  • 29-05-2019

A romantic and important historical novel

Although one often wonders about the facts of this story, one rarely doubts its sentiments. Lovingly presented by native speakers, and particularly so by the lilting storytelling voice of Jim Moriaty. Clearly this is one part of a large collection of stories which might never have been heard. I hope they are all completed and others follow this example. The Māori perspective of colonisation here, at this time (late 19th and early 20th century), are probably accurate even if not written in a Pākehā history. It is inconceivable that the colonials of that time were anything but white supremecists even if some of them may have been kinder than others. One resists the notion that such discriminations do not still occur but, although more subtle, they most definitely do. If only we could hear from those who see a future, a development and solution to the NZ Māori ‘problem’, but one must acknowledge that visiting and righting history must be the start of it. I look forward to many more books by this author.

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  • k
  • 18-03-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

Interesting story- cleverly interlaced fact and fiction.
Compelling & thought provoking, this is furthermore been done justice by a great cast.
Jim Moriarty is brilliant, as per.
All round a good effort.
Cheers