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The bone people : a novel /
by Keri Hulme.
U.S. ed. --
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1985, c1983.
450 p. ; 24 cm.
0807112844 :
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1985, c1983.
0807112844 :
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-02:
Hulme's novel tells the story of three people in rural New Zealand: Kerewin, a part-Maori woman; Joe, a Maori man; and Simon, a Pakeha (European) child whom Joe finds washed up on the shore during a storm. Joe alternately loves the child passionately and thrashes him brutally. Although they are ``different and difficult people,'' isolated from those around them, they are drawn into a intense relationship. After a time, however, the problems that had been submerged resurface and the three are torn apart into separateness, each going into a dark night and approaching death itself before being wonderfully healed in body and in soul-the two adults by Maori healers, the child by European doctors. The novel ends on an upwelling of optimism as the three, now integrated into the society around them, embrace their destiny together. The novel is thin in narrative content but is carried strongly and steadily on the powerful current of its own vitality, which does not weaken even in the scenes of heavy beer drinking and abrasive encounters. It is an extraordinary book, deeply involving and unlikely to be forgotten. It was selected for Mobil's Pegasus Prize for Foreign Literatures in English, and is likely to receive other awards. Strongly recommended for all libraries.-J.B. Beston, Nazareth College of Rochester
Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-11-01:
This is quite a first novel. The ending is revealed at its mysterious beginning; exotic line breaks and poetic punctuation put off at first but gradually become the best way to tell the tale; the Maori vocabulary is interwoven with contemporary British, Australian, and American idioms; and the New Zealand sea- and landscape vibrate under fresh perception. Hulme shifts narrative points of view to build a gripping account of violence, love, death, magic, and redemption. A silverhaired, mute, abused orphan, a laborer heavy with sustained loss, and a brilliant intro spective recluse discover, after enormous struggle through injury and illness, what it means to lose and then regain a family. No wonder The Bone People won the Pegasus Prize. Highly recommended. Rhoda Yerburgh, Adult Degree Program, Vermont Coll., Montpelier
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Kirkus Reviews,
Library Journal, November 1985
Choice, February 1986
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Table of Contents
Prologue: The End At The Beginningp. 3
Season Of The Day Moon
Portrait Of A Sandalp. 11
Feelersp. 44
Leaps In The Darkp. 93
The Sea Round
A Place To Sleep By Dayp. 157
Spring Tide, Neap Tide, Ebb Tide, Floodp. 202
Ka Tata Te Pop. 239
The Lightning Struck Tower
Mirrortalkp. 261
Nightfallp. 302
Candles In The Windp. 310
Feldapart Sinews, Breaken Bones
The Kaumatua And The Broken Manp. 335
The Boy By His Ownp. 386
The Woman At The Wellspring Of Deathp. 411
Epilogue: Moonwater Pickingp. 441
Translation of Maori Words and Phrasesp. 446
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