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Bulibasha King of the Gypsies Paperback – 27 Oct 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (NZ) (27 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140239413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140239416
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,325,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Witi Ihimaera was the first Maori to publish both a book of short stories and a novel, and since then has published many notable novels and collections of short stories. Described by Metro magazine as 'Part oracle, part memoralist,' and 'an inspired voice, weaving many stories together', Ihimaera has also written for stage and screen, edited books on the arts and culture, as well as published various works for children. His best-known novel is The Whale Rider, which was made into a hugely, internationally successful film in 2002. His novel Nights in the Garden of Spain was also made into a feature film, and was distributed internationally under the name of Kawa. The feature film White Lies was based on his novella Medicine Woman. And his novel Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies inspired the 2016 feature film Mahana. His first book, Pounamu, Pounamu, has not been out of print in the 40 years since publication. He has also had careers in diplomacy, teaching, theatre, opera, film and television. In 1993 Ihimaera spent a year in France on the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. He has received numerous awards, including the Wattie Book of the Year Award and the Montana Book Award, the inaugural Star of Oceania Award, University of Hawaii 2009, a laureate award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation 2009, the --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I bought this book while visiting NZ because I wanted to read some Maori literature. I'm very glad I did. Bulibasha is quite simply one of the best stories I've read. It's told through the eyes of the young Simeon who makes you both laugh out loud and feel sympathy for and anger on behalf of the family as they try to appease the head of the household - the mighty Bulibasha.
Although it's a story of a Maori family's loves, lives and rivalries, the themes of family, patriarchy, and forbidden love are universal, giving it a wide appeal.
Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS BOOK! WELL WRITTEN AND ENIGHTENING! 15 Jan. 1999
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I loved this book. As an American living in Auckland, New Zealand, I wanted to read some fiction by New Zealand authors. Now that I have read Bulibasha, I am working my way through Ihimaera's other books.
"Bulibasha" is a fascinating novel about two feuding Maori clans, told by the grandson of the patriarch of the Mahana clan. It is a brilliant portrayl of Maori family life in the 1950's. I won't give away any more. A must read for anyone interested in New Zealand, and a great read for anyone! It is required reading in our household.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book by excellent author 27 May 2015
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This gives some insight into Maori culture. There are humorous scenes and poignant ones. Wonderful book by excellent author: first Maori novelist.
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