June 29, 2010
June 29, 2010
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.
Turned down by nearly every major New Zealand publishing house, THE BONE PEOPLE finally was published by a small feminist collective, and went on to win the 1985 Man Booker prize. The novel, with deals simultaneously with both personal and cultural trauma, focuses on Kerewin, an isolated, artistically paralyzed painter; Simon, a mute six-year-old with a penchant for larceny; and Joe, his abusive adoptive father. In one violence-filled night, all three character betray one other, with Joe beating Simon and Simon stabbing Joe. However, through a complicated and surreal process of catharsis, the three find a path towards healing. Using a mixture of Maori mythology and Christian symbolism, Keri Hulme has created a richly textured and lyrical tale of violence and redemption.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Action + Adventure / General, General, Family + Friendship, Literary, Society + Social Issues, Types of Characters, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Keri Hulme
- Illustrator: Pepa Heller
- Online Item #: 12352249
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-8713
- ISBN: 9780143116455
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported