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ISBN13: 9780143116455
ISBN10: 0143116452
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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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Set in the harsh environment of the South Island beaches of New Zealand, this masterful story brings together three singular people in a trinity that reflects their country's varied heritage. Winner of the 1985 Booker-McConnell prize for fiction.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Keri Hulme, a Maori, grew up in Christchurch and Moeraki, New Zealand. Hulme has written many poems and short stories, and lives in rural New Zealand.

Pepa Heller has been a professional tattoo artist since 1996. The owner of Bohemian Tattoo Arts in Tauranga, New Zealand, he draws inspiration from Maori and Pacific styles.

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h, January 28, 2014 (view all comments by h)
I fell right into this intricate novel. It resonates with classics like Robinson Crusoe and Tin Drum, is dense with Maori language and culture, and introduces challenging characters. A woman hermit meets a mute boy with an unavailable history and his tender and violent caretaker. Truly stunning.
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luvstread, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by luvstread)
This book had me spellbound from the first page.
I could not stop reading it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143116455
Author:
Hulme, Keri
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Illustrator:
Heller, Pepa
Author:
Heller, Pepa
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Ink
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w illustration on page iv (frontispi
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
7.58x5.28x1.49 in. 1.14 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 576 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143116455 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Set in the harsh environment of the South Island beaches of New Zealand, this masterful story brings together three singular people in a trinity that reflects their country's varied heritage. Winner of the 1985 Booker-McConnell prize for fiction.
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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.

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