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Keri Hulme (1947–2021)

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Keri Hulme had been writing for several years, little known outside New Zealand feminist and Maori literary circles. Then, during the mid-1980s, she gained international attention for her novel The Bone People. In 1984 she received the Mobil Pegasus Award for Maori Writers and the New Zealand Book visa mer of the Year Award for fiction, and, in the following year, the distinguished Booker-McConnel Prize, Britain's highest literary honor. Hulme, who was born in Christchurch, is of Maori descent on her mother's side; her father was an Englishman from Lancashire. Studying for a law degree but not completing it, she worked at various jobs before settling down to write full time. The Bone People (1984) remains Hulme's major work. Almost impossible to describe in a coherent way, the novel is a sprawling and puzzling story about a relationship between a strange child, a powerful woman named Kerewin who reluctantly takes him in, and the child's father, who treats him brutally. According to the critic Margery Fee, the implausible yet metaphoric and sophisticated structure of the text sets out "to rework the old stories that govern the way New Zealanders---both Maori (indigenous New Zealanders) and Pakeha (New Zealanders of European origin)---think about their country." Hulme has also published two books of short stories about Maori life, Lost Possessions (1985) and Te Kaihau: The Windeater (1986); the short fiction, too, incorporates the intentionally chaotic and often bombastic style that dominates The Bone People. She has written two volumes of free verse as well, The Silences Between (Moeraki Conversations) (1982) and Strands (1992). Hulme has received extensive attention from international critics who see her, as Margery Fee says, in the forefront of the "postcolonial discursive formation evolving worldwide"---that is, writers who have set out to reinvent the history of imperialism. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Kerewin and Joe are an unlikely couple. They come together because of a mysterious mute boy of four or five named Simon. Confessional: I was not sure I was supposed to like Kerewin. She likes to drink herself into a stupor and, as a self-exiled recluse, she has the time and inclination to take to the bottle often. She also spends her time making art, having won her independent wealth from a lottery ticket. She is estranged from her family, considers herself unlovable, and doesn't like companionship so when she comes across mute Simon, she cannot explain why she takes him in. Second confessional: I wasn't sure I was supposed to like Joe. Hard working and rugged, Joe has been a self-imposed foster father to Simon. When provoked he likes to beat the tar out of someone, but he gives just as many kisses as he does kicks. His passions are confused. Third confessional: I wasn't sure I was supposed to like Simon. He's a devilish imp. He has a way of stealing things and acting out when he doesn't get his way. He can be just as violent as Kerewin and Joe in action and emotion. Yet...Kerewin, Joe, and Simon somehow belong together and I found myself rooting for them.
The Bone People is like a slow moving train. At first you are not sure if you are on the right ride, but once it gets going it's a runaway success. I couldn't put it down after the first hundred pages. Maybe it took me that long to get used to Hulme's style?
You know a book is going to be good when it is endorsed by Alice Walker.
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SeriousGrace | 108 andra recensioner | Oct 11, 2023 |
Mijn 70-jarige buurvrouw kwam ineens met dit dikke, vergeelde boek aanzetten, omdat ze me erg vaak in de tuin zag lezen en ik "van andere culturen houd". "Iedereen las dit boek toen het uitkwam!" Dat een boek in de jaren '80 kennelijk 'hip' was, wil niet meteen zeggen dat het mij nu ook nog kan boeien. Maar, deels uit beleefdheid, gaf ik het boek in ieder geval een kans en vervolgens ben ik blijven lezen. Intrigerend boek met interessante wendingen over de vriendschap die ontstaat tussen Kerewin (een vrouw die zich heeft teruggetrokken in een zelfgebouwde toren aan de kust van Nieuw-Zeeland) een Maori-man en zijn pleegzoon (die niet kan praten). Soms worden er woorden uit het Maori gebruikt in het boek. Pas halverwege kwam ik er achter dat er een verklarende woordenlijst achterin het boek zat, maar die had ik nog niet gemist. Dit boek heeft me geïnspireerd om in de toekomst weer te beginnen in een dikkere pil, omdat je dan vaak nog meer een band opbouwt met de personages. Ik vergeet dan soms even dat hun vervolgverhaal nooit is geschreven, maar vraag me oprecht af "Hoe zou het nú met ze gaan?"… (mer)
laurenhynde | 108 andra recensioner | Aug 27, 2023 |
This is a magnificent book. Beautiful written, almost poëtic. Kerewin, Joe and Simon ar forever in my heart. This is a book worth of rereading to gain more understanding each time you read it. Wow.
weaver-of-dreams | 108 andra recensioner | Aug 1, 2023 |
I have too many thoughts and feelings about this book to do it any justice. There is beauty and there is suffering. Sometimes I had to take breaks because it was so beautiful it hurt, sometimes I took breaks because there was simply too much hurting.

On a personal note, Kerewin reminded me very strongly of someone I used to know, someone who meant the world to me a lifetime ago. Everything that was art and knowledge and music and wordplay conjured this ghost out of my past. Bittersweet.

UPDATE: it has been years since I read this book, and the beauty has faded but the violence and suffering remain in my memory. Downgrading the star rating due to these disturbing feelings, which maybe isn't fair but is how I feel.… (mer)
blueskygreentrees | 108 andra recensioner | Jul 30, 2023 |



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