The Bone People by Keri Hulme

"The Bone People" is a complex, emotional novel that explores the lives of three characters - a reclusive artist, a young mute boy, and his adoptive father - in New Zealand. The narrative delves into themes such as Maori culture, love, violence, and isolation while showcasing the struggle of these individuals as they try to form a family unit despite their personal traumas and societal pressures. The book's unique blend of prose and poetry, along with its blend of English and Maori language, adds to its depth and richness.

The 796th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 550

Since this book was first published in 1984, there is a penalty of 16.0%. The age adjusted score is 462.0.

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