The Bone People
In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor—a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to steal from her and then repays her with... show more
In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor—a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to steal from her and then repays her with his most precious possession. As Kerewin succumbs to Simon's feral charm, she also falls under the spell of his Maori foster father Joe, who rescued the boy from a shipwreck and now treats him with an unsettling mixture of tenderness and brutality. Out of this unorthodox trinity Keri Hulme has created what is at once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, clash, and sometimes merge. Winner of both a Booker Prize and Pegasus Prize for Literature, The Bone People is a work of unfettered wordplay and mesmerizing emotional complexity.
Publish date: October 7th 1986
Pages no: 450
Edition language: English
During the first 10 pages or so, I thought I was never going to get through the entire 791 of them. Keri Hulme's writing style is very different from anything I've ever read before. Then, like eyes adjusting to darkness, I suddenly 'got it'. The next 500 pages were a feast to read. Mysteries surroun...
bookshelves: books-with-a-passport, published-1984, booker-winner, winter-20112012, new-zealand, paper-read, bedside, tbr-busting-2012 Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Gift from laura Read from January 11 to March 02, 2012 Opening - He walks down the street. The asphalt reels by him.It is all silenc...
Okay. How do I start this. Uhm. I got this book from my English teacher, he was like "Hey, I have a feeling you'd like this, why don't you take it home over the summer?" And I was like well okay why not.Maybe the brief summary my teacher gave me will help you understand my feelings about this book a...
After I got used to how the author handled the dialog and internal monolog, I really fell into the world she'd created. I was as fascinated by the boy as the primary character. I felt like I was there, in that world, looking through the protagonist's eyes. This is a real triumph for any author. I WI...