This study guide will help you analyse the short story “The Whale” by Witi Ihimaera. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for its interpretation.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Whale” (1987)
Author: Witi Ihimaera
Genre: Short story
Witi Ihimaera (b. 1944) is the pen name of Witi Tame Ihimaera-Smiler, the first Maori novelist published in New Zealand. Ihimaera writes short stories and novels which explore Maori culture in today’s world. Ihimaera also worked as diplomat for New Zealand, stationed in the US and Australia.
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