sikander7 (sikander7) wrote in 50bookchallenge,


I have read through some more books during this holiday period. Book 63 was Witi Ihimaera's Nights in the Gardens of Spain which I picked up in a rush from the library. I figured that I'd read The Whale Rider and a book of short stories by the same author, and so it would involve issues around being Maori in New Zealand, culture and perhaps something about Spain, but no. It was about a gay man, who although he was New Zealander, he was Pakeha, or European origin. He struggled with his marriage, his sexuality and his love for his daughters. Aspects made me remember parts of my life.One surprising and intriguing issue was that his wife was disgusted by the physical relationship the protagonist had with men. Surely that cannot be too surprising; after all gay men do not just shop for clothes and decorate houses tastefully.

Book 64 was Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big to Fail; inside the battle to save Wall Street about the collapse of the American banking sector and insurance sector in 2008. There were a lot of characters and complicated issues, but it was pretty well done.

Book 65 was another by Witi Ihimaera; The Uncle's Story. This time the protagonist is gay and comes out, to discover that actually there had been an uncle who was also gay but in Maori culture his homosexuality had been denied. The uncle had otherwise been an exemplary Maori, serving in the New Zealand forces in Vietnam, and those parts were well described. In this novel there was a great deal more of Maori culture.
So so far this year I have managed 65 books and 19,028 pages.

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