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The Bone People

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Aug. 17th, 2004 | 11:27 pm

I've been lying in my empty empty apartment reading The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

A Maori painter wins a lottery and loses her inspiration, so she builds a fantasy tower on a beach in New Zealand and keeps everyone away. Until, of course, someone comes by, a seven year old boy who is violent and dumb, a truant and a thief. It starts as a heartwarming tale then somewhat unfairly and unexpectedly mutates into something much darker. Keri Hulme is a Maori artist and the poetry in her novel is not the skippable sort, it makes up some of the best parts of the book.

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