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Care for literature that challenges you, alters your worldview, and features a dash of magical realism?

The Bone People won the Man Booker Prize in 1984, and it’s no surprise. Keri Hulme creates a subtle and authentic portrayal of an asexual artist struggling with her Māori and European heritage. This book blends magic and political prose while asking some essential questions about the erasure of Indigenous cultures. Although the wordplay took some getting used to, this is storytelling at its most powerful. Though so much has been lost, Hulme reminds us that as long as we are willing to engage with and challenge accepted worldviews, redemption and healing are possible.

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The Bone People

Written by

Keri Hulme


Classic, Contemporary, Historical, Literary, Magical realism, Mystery, Poetry, Romance, Creative, Grim, Profound


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