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Book Title: Te Kaihau - the Windeater|
Date of issue: 1996
ISBN 13: 9780864730190
The author of the book: Keri Hulme
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 768 KB
Edition: Victoria University Press
Read full description of the books Te Kaihau - the Windeater:4.5/5
I've run into my fair share of those who profess an interest, bordering on a devotion to in some, experimental writing. It's hard to take any of them seriously when I'm the only one of my Goodreads circle to have added, read, and reviewed, in that order, this work. In the interest of thoroughness, the reviewers that usually head the lists of the standard definition of experimental (a paradox if there ever was one, but that hasn't stopped the worshipers of the demographically conforming), so unless some are buried in the bowels of a rather small number of overtly interested readers, the only conclusion to be made is that, somehow, this book by a Man Booker winner has passed everyone by. Same shit, different day, but Rome wasn't built in a single iteration of such.
Good luck trying to pin down what any of these are about, exactly. Here, you have poetry, a screen play, practically ubiquitous stream of consciousness, fantasy, sci fi (you could displace those last two into magical realism, but I prefer to think about them as a decentering of the Euro consciousness), bildungsroman, horror, mystery, horror mystery in the line of Hitchcock, all of it whirled together in some of the most carbuncularly dense yet deftly incisive prose I've read in a long time. The stories are more ghastly than anything else, what with their reoccuring themes of violence, disability, abject poverty, disintegration of the psyche once cut off from the natural world, the disintegration of the body when subjected to the natural world, animals being led to the slaughter, domestic abuse, suppression of the people's right to protest, settler state abuse, and any manner of way in which human beings are isolated via amputation. There's very little closure, even less social connection, and any motivation for plot usually births entirely from the single (?) first person narrator's slow devolution into rambling obsession and/or speedy succumbing to an overwhelming wave of something outside themselves: rarely human, never nice.
Those who've read The Bone People may be pleased to know that these pages contain a portion of the past of the character of the mysterious child. Others who have not yet but plan on reading the Booker win may think they should consequently avoid this in case of spoilers, but Hulme is not a writer I'll consider to concentrate most, if any of her authorial worth in the form of a few somewhat convoluted plot points. Yet a third group who has had no contact whatsoever with the much more decorated novel will be free to decide without bibliographical bias whether this admittedly monstrous yet equally powerful collection is worth chasing down. As I said before, abandon hope of narrowing anything down. A better grasp than mine on New Zealand and Māori in yet another iteration of the colonialist tradition would most assuredly help, especially with regards to the indigenous vocabulary that mixes into view as much as it did in TBP. Still, that doesn't solve the ever present confusion of what time, place, gender, age, and even species the first person narrator is operating from. You may make your assumptions, but beware: any determination necessarily limits your experience of the experimental, and we wouldn't want that, now would we.
For those obsessed with finding books to fulfill eclectic requirements for various reading challenges, Keri Hulme is Māori, asexual, and aromantic. I could pretend use one or all of these characteristics in tandem as paradigms for analysis, but eh. I'm more concerned with those out there who have a hard time seeing themselves in writing and even more so in literature. This is timely because Hulme, much like Roy, has been promising second/third (twinned works, apparently) novels for some time now. The fact that the latter has recently committed for a publication next year gives hope for the sooner rather than later output of this other unorthodox Man Booker winner.
Read information about the authorKeri Hulme (born 9 March 1947) is a New Zealand writer. Her only novel, The Bone People, won the Booker Prize in 1985.
Hulme was born in Christchurch, in New Zealand's South Island. The daughter of a carpenter and a credit manager, she was the eldest of six children. Her parents were of English, Scottish, and Māori (Kai Tahu) descent. "Our family comes from diverse people: Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe (South Island Maori iwi); Orkney islanders; Lancashire folk; Faroese and/or Norwegian migrants," Hulme told Contemporary Women Poets[.] Her early education was at North New Brighton Primary School and Aranui High School. Her father died when she was 11 years old.
Hulme worked as a tobacco picker in Motueka after leaving school. She began studying for an honours law degree at the University of Canterbury in 1967, but left after four terms and returned to tobacco picking.
By 1972, she decided to begin writing full-time, but, despite family support, was forced to go back to work nine months later. She continued writing, some of her work appearing under the pseudonym Kai Tainui. During this time, she continued working on her novel, The Bone People, ultimately published in February 1984. The novel was returned by several publishers before being accepted by the Spiral Collective. It won the 1984 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction and the Booker Prize in 1985. Hulme was the first New Zealander to win the Booker.
Hulme was a writer-in-residence at the University of Otago in 1978, and at the University of Canterbury in 1985. She lives in Oamaru, in North Otago. Hulme has been the Patron of New Zealand Republic since 1996. She is an aromantic asexual and an atheist.
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