The Bone People

The Bone People


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The Bone People by Keri Hulme, Pepa Heller

At once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People is a powerful and unsettling tale saturated with violence and Maori spirituality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116455
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 141,118
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Keri Hulme, a Maori, grew up in Christchurch and Moeraki, New Zealand. She writes, paints, and whitebaits in Okarito, Westland. Hulme has written poems and short stories; The Bone People, originally published by Spiral, a New Zealand feminist collective, is her first novel. She has also written Te Zaihau: The Windeater.

Table of Contents

The End At The Beginning 3(8)
I Season Of The Day Moon
Portrait Of A Sandal
Leaps In The Dark
II The Sea Round
A Place To Sleep By Day
Spring Tide, Neap Tide, Ebb Tide, Flood
Ka Tata Te Po
III The Lighting Struck Tower
Candles In The Wind
IV Feldapart Sinews, Breaken Bones
The Kaumatua And The Broken Man
The Boy By His Own
The Woman At The Wellspring Of Death
Epilogue Moonwater Picking 441(5)
Translation of Maori Words and Phrases 446

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The Bone People 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
verysmallgiant More than 1 year ago
I've read this book a number of times, I return to it every few years. The first reading nearly destroyed me, because the content is so emotionally disturbing. Child abuse is never a good time, though the other presiding themes of isolation and the human capacity for love and forgiveness redeem it from the realm of senseless violence. At a certain point in the first reading I was so absorbed in the psyche of the characters that I found myself completely invested, and could not have walked away if I'd tried. It is the mark of a great book to be so wholly effected by it....good or bad, but never indifferent. I have to admit that I have never liked the ending, but the journey to that point is one you can't soon forget. This book will not be for everyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This extraordinary psychological study and excursion into the deep and sometimes surreal recesses of New Zealands Maori culture, took Hulme ten years to write, and justifiably won the Booker. Hulme invests the book with her own wholly original style and lexicon, and achieves an aura of deep, exotic mystery against a bleak yet engaging interpersonal narrative, while working both the maori and english languages in new and startling ways. From New Zealand's rugged and inaccessible west coast, she crafts a multilayered fable about a location few people have ever been, and achieves a wholly unique time, place and sensibility. A major work of art on many levels, it is fundamentally an experiential masterpiece, leaving you slightly melancholic but profoundly awed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent, unsettling piece of artistry. Frightening at times, but more often terribly human. It is a book you go back and read again and again, without ever realising it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is so intense, so well-written, and so thoroughly amazing... and so important. An example of some of the best, most original writing out there. You are truly taken into the story, and profoundly affected by it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books ever. When this story takes you it doesn't let you go. Unusually and beautifully written. As a reader I had to stop and wonder, 'how did she do that?' Very well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bone People is a novel that makes you want to keep reading. Keri Hulme lets you get so into the characters that you're telling them what they should and shouldn't do. Once you start reading this book, the Maorian culture becomes a part of you. Hulme uses effective ways to catch the reader's attention. The book was so good I didn't want it to end. I wish I knew what would happen next! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!