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READ Ì The Bone People The powerful visionary Booker Award–winning novel about the complicated relationships between three outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage “This book is just amazingly wondrously great” Alice WalkerIn a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes part Maori part European asexual and aromantic an artist estranged from her art a woman in exile from her f. I have read this book 11 times It s not because of my faulty memory although I do have one it is because this is my favorite fiction book of all time The shape is unusual for a novel it is not told in one voice or from one point of view At times there is an omniscient narrator and at others it is told in the first person It is the story of the journeys of three people back to the landscape of family Sometimes free verse sometimes standard prose always poetic Keri Hulme plays with the shape and feel of words themselves giving the book a sensory uality not usually found just by reading I do not want to give too much away because I feel that discovering this book is sort of like going on an amazing drive through beautiful country just around the next bend there will be something wonderful but each person will be struck by different things For those who don t speak Maori myself included she keeps a handy glossary at the end of the book for the phrases that are thrown in occasionally Magic Platina powerful visionary Booker Award–winning novel about the complicated relationships between three outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage “This book is just amazingly wondrously great” Alice WalkerIn a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes Enemy on the Euphrates part Maori The Epilogue The Selection #31 part European asexual and aromantic an artist estranged from her art a woman in exile from her f. I have read this book 11 times It s not because of my faulty memory although I do have one it is because this is my favorite fiction book of all time The shape is unusual for a novel it is not told in one voice or from one Children of Wrath point of view At times there is an omniscient narrator and at others it is told in the first Lukes Cut Hells Eight #8 person It is the story of the journeys of three The Liberation of Sita people back to the landscape of family Sometimes free verse sometimes standard The Adventures of Tom SawyerAdventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Prince and the Pauper prose always Le Dernier des Justes poetic Keri Hulme Midnight is a Place plays with the shape and feel of words themselves giving the book a sensory uality not usually found just by reading I do not want to give too much away because I feel that discovering this book is sort of like going on an amazing drive through beautiful country just around the next bend there will be something wonderful but each A Day For A Day person will be struck by different things For those who don t speak Maori myself included she keeps a handy glossary at the end of the book for the Court of Lions phrases that are thrown in occasionally

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READ Ì The Bone People Rness 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 indigenous 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 complexit. I out myself as a philistine I guess with my dislike of this painfully literary book which I read only because I was in New Zealand and thought I ought to read a famous NZ author Once I got past the aggressively defensive introduction Idiosyncratic Author is idiosyncratic I can dizzily swap first person POV and use my own grammar and make up my own words because I am Artistic and the Mary Sueish tinge of the central character being named after the author headdesk I found this bookconfusing Parts of it were interesting parts dull and hey surprise woo woo at the end which I kind of wish had been introduced sooner because it was cool and actually you know went some where I didn t particularly like any of the characters but I suppose that was part of the point Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn philistine I guess with my dislike of this Y hasta lo último de la tierra Una historia ilustrada del Cristianismo painfully literary book which I read only because I was in New Zealand and thought I ought to read a famous NZ author Once I got Knight Kyle and the Magic Silver Lance past the aggressively defensive introduction Idiosyncratic Author is idiosyncratic I can dizzily swap first ueer Theory and Brokeback Mountain person POV and use my own grammar and make up my own words because I am Artistic and the Mary Sueish tinge of the central character being named after the author headdesk I found this bookconfusing Parts of it were interesting The Truth Against the World parts dull and hey surprise woo woo at the end which I kind of wish had been introduced sooner because it was cool and actually you know went some where I didn t Making Him Sweat Taking Him Down particularly like any of the characters but I suppose that was Judaism As a Civilization Toward a Reconstruction of American Jewish Life part of the Badger's Parting Gifts point

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READ Ì The Bone People Amily 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 tende. 15 Warning spoilers trigger warnings and unpopular opinion time CK Stead is a fairly divisive figure in NZ literature and has been roundly rebuffed for his criticisms of both The Bone People and The LuminariesAfter reading The Bone People for myself I went searching for his much maligned letter to the London Review of Books 1985 entitled Maoriness which can be found here amongst some perhaps unfortunately worded statements I finally found a set of arguments about Hulme s novel that happen to dovetail almost exactly with my own reading of it The letter is in no way entirely disparaging of the book and neither am I but this final paragraph stood out I m glad The Bone People has been written and published But when I stand back from it and reflect there is in addition to the sense of its power a bitter aftertaste something black and negative deeply ingrained in its imaginative fabric which no amount of revision or editing could have eliminated I suspect it has its location in the central subject matter and that this is something it shares with Benjamin Britten s opera Peter Grimes a work which also presents extreme violence against a child yet demands sympathy and understanding for the man who commits it In principle such charity is admirable In fact the line between charity and imaginative complicity is very fine indeed A bitter after taste is precisely what I am left with here despite the books obvious power and lingering hold over me Some of this writing is the best I have encountered in NZ literature the sense of place particularly for the South Island is unparalleled and Hulme takes a delight in word play and poetry that initially made me think this was going to be a 5 star read Also as Stead states Simon is a major fictional character the most complete convincing and fascinating of the three and all the remarkable in that his personality has to be conveyed to us without spoken language I would go further and say that Kerewin is just as fascinating A singular personality the so because she is so obviously a fantastical version of Keri Hulme herself This makes things all the problematic for me because despite the love she demonstrated for this Goblin sun child as she calls SimonHimi she fails him over and over again Lets take a look at how dated and tone deaf some of the this central subject matter is I will let Joe and Kerewin do the talking here view spoiler At the moment he d rather cut his throat than hurt his son but he knows from broken past resolutions that come the morning if the child is sulky or rude or baulks at doing what he is told he ll welt him with a cold and righteous intent Joe well what the hell do I do now o I know what I am supposed to do ring up child welfare and report the bloody mess he is in Excuse me i know a small child who s getting bashed it looks like he been bashed with a whip but i hope to god not I had suspicions when he was here with his face battered But he never said it was Joe and Joe didn t admit it was himI ve seen him slappedHell everyone slaps kids Kerewin internal monologue for the first time it comes to her that she is aiding and abetting the concealment of a criminal offence and yet at no stage does she show any personal regret at not doing anything sooner We just decided that if Himi ever needs a hiding again Joe will wait till I agree to it soo she shrugs comfortable in her power that should prevent Himi getting damaged again wrong You could argue that this is not the author condoning violence but rather shining a light upon it and yet there is this all too pervasive anti establishment rhetoric here that argues that a child no matter what occurs is best with his foster father even if that person hits you so hard you are now deaf The pity of it all is that they are wrong you ve given him a solid base of love to grow from for all the hardship you ve put him through You have been mother and father and home to him And probably tomorrow they will read you a smug little homily castigating you for ill treatment and neglect And the ll congratulate themselves uite publically for rescuing the poor urchin from this callous ogre this nightmare of a parent At least you worried enough about his wrong doing to try to correct it Kerewin The Church doctors psychiatrists meddling family members North Islanders the middle classes and child protective services all come in for snide asides in this book which I think says about the authors own views on the establishment than any real commentary on the problem of child abuse in this country I said I hope your father knocks you sillier than you are now you stupid little bastard Kerewin as said to a 7 year old Simon over the phone and essentially giving permission for the beating that ensues doubly horrific after her promises to protect him I know I exacerbated his reckless wounding of himself but now I am not allowed to give him even shelter Joe demonstrating a lack of comprehension that his actions towards the child he loves left him deaf and brain damaged and his entire body covered in scar tissue wonder if he is up and about or playing the discreet vegetable still Kerewin What is this tone levity I literally blanched and put the book down here Sure it is possible to read The Bone People in ways that are less literal and you can eually put forth uotes that highlight other less distasteful aspects as well as the beautiful writing but that can t disguise the deeply disturbing undertone that pervaded the entire book In the end I decided this was 550 pages of Keri Hulme expounding on Keri Hulme and the poor bedevilled Simon a mere plot device to make some statement about spiritual awakening and the power of love to overcome personal failings hide spoiler

  • Paperback
  • 450
  • The Bone People
  • Keri Hulme
  • English
  • 26 November 2018
  • 9780140089226

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    PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme I have read this book 11 times It's not because of my faulty memory although I do have one it is because this is my favorite fiction book of all time The shape is unusual for a novel it is not told in one voice or from one point of view At times there is an omniscient narrator and at others it is told in the first person It is the story of the journeys of three people back to the landscape of family Sometimes free ver

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Bone People PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme An original personal and visceral novel which for me is the kind of book that justifies the existence of the Booker Prize The surface story is about the interactions between three difficult and damaged people but there is a lot to it than that plenty of Maori culture mythology and language fortunately most of the latter is translated in the glossary and a mixture of first and third person narrative voices including uite a lot of poetry Tha

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    REVIEW µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Keri Hulme PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme Keri Hulme Ï 9 READ This novel is a shining jewel one with a huge flaw in its centre It is still however an impressive and beautiful work and a hugely ambitious one an attempt to create a story that marries the disparate identities—Maori and European—that make up present day New Zealand There is a realism based story of friendship self destruction and child abuse and there is a symbolism filled story of healing catharsis and the necessary fusing

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    PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme 45 starsThis was twelve years in the writing and was rejected by many publishers It defies easy description and is very much set in the interface between Maori and western culture There is complexity in the structure and a dose of magic realism at the end The character of Kerewin Holmes is a remarkable creation who jumps out of the page The novel revolves around three characters Kerewin Holmes is a solitary woman living in a tower a painter

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    PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme REVIEW µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Keri Hulme 15 Warning spo

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    PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme The Bone People had been on my to read shelf for almost a year so I decided that it was a good first read of 2013 I wanted to like it; indeed for the first hundred pages or so I did The language is unconventional but richly textured and evocative and exotic to this American boy This was enough that I didn't notice some major flaws until I was too far in to uit reading Once I noticed them however they were impossible to un noticeM

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    REVIEW µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Keri Hulme Keri Hulme Ï 9 READ READ & DOWNLOAD The Bone People 455A rare mix of characters and languages and emotions indeed Gripping Kerewin is one of my all time favorite characters; she's everything I am and so much The talent and the energy and the drive Simply beautiful I can't forgive Joe though I can't view spoilerI don't see any justification for his violence Is t

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    PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme REVIEW µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Keri Hulme So okay Ms Hulme I already felt rather suffocated by your novel throughout the book but you really tried to strangle me with your final chapters I was going to rate the novel 3 stars However after those last chapters I will now grant it a mere one star plus another one for the rather picturesue writing throughout the book Let me explain I rather liked the sing song uality of the narrative and in particular the inserted

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    PDF READ The Bone People á Keri Hulme I out myself as a philistine I guess with my dislike of this painfully literary book which I read only because I was in New Zealand and thought I ought to read a famous NZ author Once I got past the aggressively defensive introduction Idiosyncr

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Bone People REVIEW µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Keri Hulme Keri Hulme Ï 9 READ I cannot put my finger on why I love this book I didn't really think it all that special when I read it but it has stayed in my mind so vividly when many a lesser book has dissipated from my memory I think the authors descriptions are understated while being vivid I read the book years ago and I can still remember clearly descriptions of meals cooked of the matter of fact efficiency the main character displayed in her solitude All

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