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Ask the Posts of the House by Witi Tame…

Ask the Posts of the House

by Witi Tame Ihimaera

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This collection of seven short stories really showcases the incredible versatility of Witi Ihimaera. The first story, "i've been thinking about you, sister" was my favorite. I think the fact that it was true - that it was a personal story from the author's family - and that it was about honoring a family member who died in WWII really resonated with me. Of the seven stories, the only one I really struggled with was "dead of night". It is a science fiction piece and the author himself admits it was one of his greatest literary challenges. For, me, I just couldn't get my head into it, which is often the case for me and science fiction, so I can't fairly blame it on Mr. Ihimaera. The last story "meeting elizabeth costello", was inspired by the novel [Elizabeth Costello]. This story was my second favorite. It's really a bit of a rant about indigenous writing and the "colonization" of literature by old Englishmen. I may not totally agree, but it was fun reading. My favorite quote came from this story, but it's Mr. Ihimaera quoting another author:

The African writer, Nobel prizewinner Chinua Achebe, commenting on these outside perspectives, said at the beginning of his career, "It dawned on me that although fiction was undoubtedly fictitious, it could also either be true or false." - and he was right. ( )
  nittnut | Jul 19, 2015 |
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Ask the posts of the house is a brand new collection of short stories, including five novella-length stories, from the award-winning author of The whale rider.

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