A vision of postcolonial New Zealand in Keri Hulme's novel "The Bone People"

Ewa Kroplewska-Kuśnierz
2019 Beyond Philology : An International Journal of Linguistics, Literary Studies and English Language Teaching  
Initially rejected by a number of publishing companies, Keri Hulme's book entitled "The Bone People" attracted public attention in 1985, when it was awarded the Booker Prize. The novel ponders the topic of isolation and the feelings and actions related to it. The characters build their own borders, physical or psychological, while living in a country whose multiculturalism is an inherent quality. The author presents a postcolonial vision of New Zealand by providing an example of three people of
more » ... of three people of various origins who, despite being tormented by their troubled past and with a present marked by various forms of abuse, finally manage to overcome the boundaries in order to create bonds and become a family.
doi:10.26881/bp.2019.2.04 fatcat:bunhb3nsubbjdhb75vk762rg7m