The Bone People
Integrating both Maori myth and New Zealand reality, The Bone People became the most successful novel in New Zealand publishing history when it appeared in 1984. Set on the South Island beaches of New Zealand, a harsh environment, the novel chronicles the complicated relationships between three... show more
Integrating both Maori myth and New Zealand reality, The Bone People became the most successful novel in New Zealand publishing history when it appeared in 1984. Set on the South Island beaches of New Zealand, a harsh environment, the novel chronicles the complicated relationships between three emotional outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage. Kerewin Holmes is a painter and a loner, convinced that "to care for anything is to invite disaster." Her isolation is disrupted one day when a six-year-old mute boy, Simon, breaks into her house. The sole survivor of a mysterious shipwreck, Simon has been adopted by a widower Maori factory worker, Joe Gillayley, who is both tender and horribly brutal toward the boy. Through shifting points of view, the novel reveals each character’s thoughts and feelings as they struggle with the desire to connect and the fear of attachment. Compared to the works of James Joyce in its use of indigenous language and portrayal of consciousness, The Bone People captures the soul of New Zealand. After twenty years, it continues to astonish and enrich readers around the world.
Publish date: March 1st 2005
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Pages no: 366
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...