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Book Description: Spiral, Wellington, NZ, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Good +. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The true first edition (no errata page),

‘Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 1985’. "THE BONE PEOPLE weaves its story together with dreams, myths and legends, the world of the dead, and the ways of ancient cultures. The result is an unconventional and powerful novel which, after being rejected by major New Zealand publishers, was published by a women's collective and won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1985. THE BONE PEOPLE explores the potential within families for both destruction and healing, as well as the great personal costs of the disintegration of individual connections to traditional communities and cultures - in this case, the indigenous Maori culture of New Zealand. THE BONE PEOPLE centres on a strange trinity of characters, each isolated, each spiritually adrift. The three come together, break apart, experience great pain and loss, and eventual healing. Ultimately, the family they create stands as Keri Hulme's assertion of vitality and regeneration for individuals, families and traditional cultures." - from "500 Great Books by Women" (US)

"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. No wonder THE BONE PEOPLE won the Booker Prize. Highly recommended." - Library Journal (US)

Hulme’s success with this title had a negative effect on her state of mind and she became reclusive. A good copy of the scarce true first edition, Please click here to ask a question
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