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Title: Where the Rekohu Bone Sings
Authors: Makereti, Tina
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 270
Year: 2014
Publisher: Vintage Books
Language: English
Description: From the 19th century invasion of Rekohu (Chatham Islands) through to contemporary Aotearoa, this is the story of a truly New Zealand family: Moriori, Maori, and Pakeha. In order to have a life together Mere and Iraia with their irreconcilable difference in status, must leave their home and start afresh in Wellington. Twins Lula and Bigs, born a century later with their Maori and Pakeha heritage will have their own demons to grapple with, and binding them all together, an ancestral voice.

Bringing to light the history of Rekohu and the challenge of cultural identity, this is a unique and satisfying read.

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Love story, Maori, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, What's Hot, 2017 Titles, Blind Foundation book

Reviews

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By: LEVIN 001 2018-09-21 12:58:43
4.5 
This was an interesting book for everyone and a favourite 10/10 for several. Half the group had been to the Chathams and found the descriptions very evocative. Several found it very sad, and we thought the way the bones became more and more coherent and the dendroglyphs more like people, very clever. We have huge admiration for this as a first novel.

By: NELS 002 2018-09-21 12:53:34
5 
Wonderful book - deserves to win a truck-full of prizes.

By: OWAKA 001 2018-09-21 12:51:34
5 
We all loved this book. I was a bit anxious before the meeting as I had really enjoyed it and appreciated its historical aspects and story, but didn't know what the others would think. But they were unanimous in their praise. We liked its style and language, and found the use of Imi, the spirit-ancestor of Iraia, effective. The cultural aspects and the way different people feel about the makeup of their own families formed part of our discussion. A great book, we thought, and one we would definitely encourage other groups to read.

By: AUCK 224 2018-09-03 13:24:17
4 
We had a good discussion inspired by the book, about the history of the Chatham Islands and the Moriori. We liked the integration of the spirit voice with both the contemporary storyline and the 1880's one.

By: NGON 001 2018-09-03 13:22:33
5 
We all thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book. For some of us, it was the best book we have read. We all felt it was an extremely well-written and informative book.

By: DOUBT 002 2018-09-03 13:16:34
5 
A most intriguing and informative story of these dark events in our history. The different time periods and cultures were woven together so skilfully. The illuminating notes increased our appreciation of this novel, and the questions invited much discussion. Possibly our favourite read for the year.

By: DOUBT 002 2018-05-16 09:48:11
5 
A most intriguing and informative story of these dark events in our history. The different time periods and cultures were woven together so skilfully. The illuminating notes increased our appreciation of this novel, and the questions invited much discussion. Possibly our favourite read for the year.

By: COROM 003 2018-05-16 09:45:43
5 
A wonderful NZ historical fictional novel. An outstanding first published book for a new writer. It was complex keeping track of all the generations. A family tree would have been a great guideline in the book. It received a 10/10, 9/10 and mostly 8/10 scores. Many of us cried at different points while reading. With full credit to Tina Makereti, it has inspired a number of us to take a trip to the Chatham Islands.

By: INVER 002 2018-05-16 09:39:49
5 
We all really enjoyed this book. The author has a very authentic voice and the book just improved as we got into it. The spirit voice was useful at setting the historical place. This was a fascinating story, and a book that should be used in schools. An interesting new author to watch out for. So glad to have read it.

By: WELL 007 2018-05-16 09:23:49
5 
A fascinating book: enjoyed by all who read it. Some found it difficult to begin with because of the three periods it was written in. Later it was difficult to put down. We found the careful research by Tina Makereti very informative. Three of our group read Michael King's 'Moriori' for a better understanding of the Moriori people. We had one of our best discussions as a group. The notes and questions were valuable.

By: DUNED 058 2018-05-16 09:18:37
4 
We found this a most interesting book from the historical perspective, although it was a challenge to sort out the chronology.

By: TEKUI 002 2018-05-16 09:13:42
5 
We all LOVED this book - the characters were so real - it made us think about families and the past, and how everyone felt about it in a different way. It made some of us cry, and for those of us who had been to the Chathams(4), it all made more sense of that place.

By: OMAR 001 2018-05-16 09:11:05
5 
Amazing book. Well reviewed by all members and initiated great discussion. Recommended to all.

 
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