Siri and I have wanted to go to New Zealand since the Lord of the Ring trilogy came out, mainly to see the Shire and Middle Earth on horseback.  Since she has learned to snowboard this summer, we have started racking up more and more activities that New Zealand would be perfect for, however, amazingly enough, this post is not about my sister and I planning a trip to New Zealand.  It is about this lyrical novel: The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

Keri Hulme is a Kiwi author and her book won the Booker Prize in 1984.  The Bone People is a story about three individuals, who are each fighting their own battles and have been thrown together unexpectedly.  Kerewin is a solitary painter, musician, living in her tower by the sea.  Joe is a Maori man who picked up Simon the orphan, raising him alone after losing his wife and child.  Simon, the ocean nymph with his bleach blond tresses, is mute and a troubled, complex child.  The story is as much about solitude as it is about family and love.  It is honestly written and unflinchingly addresses such topics like racism, alcoholism and child abuse.  The always haunting and temperamental landscape of New Zealand and the ocean provides an unstable backdrop.  The author's stream of consciousness, rhymes and rhythms that Kerewin uses to describe her every day solitary life is as accurate a description as I can find to what goes on in my noggin during my days alone.

I came across these photographs by Cuba Gallery, a New Zealand based design and photography firm, that really illustrate the images that were constant in my head while reading this book.  So maybe our LOTR horseback ride will also have to take us ocean side...

Photos via here