The Bone People: A Novel

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Louisiana State University Press, 2005 - Fiction - 450 pages
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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.

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I enjoyed the writing style and the language. - Goodreads
Hulme has a unique, idiosyncratic writing style. - Goodreads
Keri Hulme is an extraordinary writer. - Goodreads
Not so much for the plot, but for the characters. - Goodreads
Written by a Maori writer in New Zealand. - Goodreads

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I very much enjoyed this book. Not so much for the plot, but for the characters. I enjoyed watching them, and felt joy at their successes and pain at their failures. I read this book because my wife ... Read full review

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I've just finished reading The Bone People. I chose it because I am travelling to New Zealand in a few weeks and I find it enriching to read books by authors of the country I am going to. When I ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Keri Hulme is of Maori, Scottish, and English ancestry and grew up in Christchurch and Moeraki, New Zealand. She has worked as a fish-'n'-chip cook, tobacco picker, woolen mill winder, census taker, journalist, postmistress, and television director. In 1983 she became a full-time writer. Through a government lottery, she won a plot of land on a remote Westland coast, where she erected an octagonal-shaped dwelling and settled in. She writes, paints, and fishes and has published seven books.

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