Where the Rekohu Bone Sings

Where the Rekohu Bone Sings

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"From the Chatham Islands, Rekohu, to London, from 1835 to the 21st century, this novel confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Māori and Pakeha"--Publisher information.
Publisher: Auckland, Vintage Book / Random House New Zealand,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781775535188
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm.

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Mar 23, 2014

"My Manawa reads, and I hear the sounds like manu-song in the dawn, like putiputi-bright-colour, like kai-reka-on-the-tongue. I see through her eyes, I see my name, I hear the voice in her head. I exsist. I am one of the dead, remembered. Nga Raumahara......:" So says 'the other" voice in this story. This other one is not noticed by any of our characters but as the story progresses its presence is totally understood. A 'dive in and read til you have finished' pakiwaitara. One that crosses cultures, faces loss and heart-ache head on and apportions no blame to historical events that can be disturbing. I enjoyed this book, for its storytelling and for its historical context, that , like any well written fiction story encourages you to find out more about the things you did not know that you did not know. A story about identity and finding your place of belonging.

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