Book 65 of 80
Fifteen books to go.
Do you think it’s bad use of my TA to have her go through and add up the number of pages I’ve read? She’s like an amazing math student too — I should put her on statistics. TAs can’t make photocopies and can’t grade quizzes; which basically means my TAs are earning a credit for doing their homework during my class. I think putting one on blog statistics duty would at least give her a job. I’ll wait until January.
So, we’re in New Zealand (and I’m a total nerd — since we’re such a Muppets household, I can’t help but think of the character Lew Zealand as I type that — Elliott giggles every time Lew throws fish at people. Despite all my best efforts, Elliott’s sense-of-humor is pure slapstick).
I must be a glutton for punishment, because when Matt brought this book home from the library, it practically broke our coffee table from its sheer weight and hugeness. Matt asked, “Are you going to have to read picture books for the United States and Canada? What are you doing to yourself?” A good question.
For Matthew, acquiring this book was something of a comedy routine. The title is The Bone People and my darling husband — who I find hilarious and witty — has an adolescent response to the word “bone” when used…well…anywhere. Telling him to pick up The Bone People for me was met with an incredulous glare and his patented smirk. But this book is not nearly as fun for him as Elizabeth Eslami’s Bone Worship — a book that he has an uncanny ability to find everywhere we go. And can you imagine the scene when we discovered Anthony Bourdain’s Bone in the Throat?
I’m sorry. Just a glimpse into our often ridiculous life. I guess that means that our (just Matt’s) sense-of-humor is pure fourteen-year-old boy.
So, The Bone People by Keri Hulme: This book is about Maori culture. It won The Booker Prize, the New Zealand Book Award, and the Pegasus Prize for Literature. It’s not only a prize-winner, but a cherished book among the canon of New Zealand literature. It’s supposed to be magical and engaging – an amazing narrative. That combination should surely ease the burden of its nearly 500 pages.
Onward we go.