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Te Kaihau: The Windeater

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Stories deal with dreams, a woman who accidently injures her son, sheep herders, whales, violence, and family life.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published February 1st 1987 by George Braziller
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories by Keri Hulme. Having enjoyed The Bone People I decided to try this collection and wasn’t disappointed. The stories are certainly experimental and at times could be described as having elements of magic realism. A wide variety of styles makes this feel like a collection by several writers. Hulme is part Maori and the culture and influence comes through. This collection has been criticised for being negative, violent and even horrific. Well guess what: this isn’t san ...more

I've run into my fair share of those who profess an interest, bordering on a devotion to in some, experimental writing. It's hard to take any of them seriously when I'm the only one of my Goodreads circle to have added, read, and reviewed, in that order, this work. In the interest of thoroughness, the reviewers that usually head the lists of the standard definition of experimental (a paradox if there ever was one, but that hasn't stopped the worshipers of the demographically conforming), so
Juliet Wilson
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a collection of experimental short stories from the New Zealand author of The Bone People. The stories are full of Hulme's sense of the beauty of New Zealand, along with her awareness of human alienation from the environment.
From the environmental point of view, the story that most stood out for me was:

One Whale Singing - a pregnant woman in a boat, a pregnant whale in the water. The woman argues with her pompous partner about whether humans are really superior to other creatures. She f
Kathleen Dixon
She's an excellent writer but I felt I needed to understand the types of people and the situations she was writing about, and I didn't (in many cases). So in a lot of these stories I felt at a loss. ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Aubrey
An impressive collection of short stories that deserves to be far more widely known and read! I cannot claim to have understood all and enjoyed some more than others (inevitable in any collection) and there is quite a wonderful variety in tone, style, theme, even format. My favorites were ‘One Whale, Singing’ and ‘A Drift in Dream.’
Lissa Notreallywolf
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
I'm a well trained reader, but these stories were a struggle for me, which I mostly did not win. I wanted to love them, because I had so loved The Bone People. Instead I found myself too often perplexed by whose voice I was hearing, sort of like eavesdropping on a windy beach where the words were snatched away by the wind. Another thing which perplexed me was the focus on amputation in many of the stories, which I will not enumerate the titles thereof because it would mean rereading them, or eve ...more
Michelle Boyer-Kelly
Te Kaihau is a group of short stories, prose, and poems by author Keri Hulme, who is probably best known for The Bone People. First and foremost, this is nothing like The Bone People and it would be unwise to pick this group of stories up and expect the same thing. The writing here is mostly experimental. Often times there are under-developed thoughts, sentence fragments, moments where things are unclear, and it is often impossible to fully engage with or connect to the characters. Although it i ...more
Erik Dabel
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Keri Hulme's style of writing, although I do think it works better in novel form. Her style of mysterious, visceral, spiritual prose requires I bit more time to really understand what is going on. In my opinion, at least. But still, some wonderful stories in here. ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
after reading the bone people, with its themes of drunkeness and violence, i was disappointed to find the same themes in all of these short stories. i really like the writing style, but too much sadness.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She's great. I mean Faulkner/Joyce/Woolf great. ...more
Ryan Mishap
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
Surreal, tragic collection of short stories with tremendous word/grammar play.
Joslyn Allen
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“…[A]s for us passing on our knowledge, hah! We rarely learn from the past or the present, and what we pass on for future humanity is a mere jumble of momentarily true facts, and odd snippets of surprised self-discoveries. That’s not knowledge…”

In the late 1970s and 80s, Keri Hulme fought her way onto the literary stage, working as a writer in residence and publishing short stories in relative anonymity. In 1985 her first and only novel, “The B
Matthew Zhang
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A short collection of stories that often read more like poetry than prose. Which could be good or bad, depending on your taste. For me, while I enjoyed the rhythmic fluidity of Hulme's language (I love the way she meshes words together, like 'blueblack' and 'seanoise') in the context of her novels, I felt that in these stories, it left most of the narrative struggling to stay coherent. I could see glimpses of the themes of family and Maori tradition that appeared before in The Bone People, but w ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best
I love short stories and I love story telling in general. This is - to me - the best of the best. Every story creates a magical new universe that you never want to leave, yet at the same time you kinda wish you never set foot in it. The stories stay with you too. I sometimes ask a friend or a family member: "Hey, do you remember that time when we met that girl with the tattoo that...nevermind." or "This reminds me of the night when the fish...oh wait." It feels like these stories have happened t ...more
keith koenigsberg
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Her novel The Bone People was one of the best things I've ever read. This book of short stories is not. It is obviously intended to show me the magic of life and the interconnectedness of all things, but it falls down on over preciousness. It reads like the scribblings of a pretentious high-school girl. Skip it and read her masterpiece instead. ...more
Although I read an English edition, the book has also been translated into Dutch; De windeter = Te Kaihau. For a review in Dutch, see message 67 of the Netherlands & Flanders group Spring Challenge 2014. ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Terribly disappointing after The Bone People. In fact, these stories accomplished the worst possible thing: they made me doubt that The Bone People was as good as I remembered it being.
Josephine Ensign
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
"A Drift in Dream" is my favorite in this collection of short stories. Perhaps because it is the precursor/back story of The Bone People. ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Some of the first stories weren't that good, some of the later ones were quite good. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
It'll be no surprise that I liked the stories the more supernatural they sounded; on the other hand the stream-of-consciousness first-person style isn't one I prefer. There were also recurrent themes of drunkeness and of disability as a burden that I don't particularly like to wallow in.
(The whitebait story gave me such a sense of deja vu that I wonder if I've read it before. It was one of my favorites, along with the one about the family and the sheep).
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Keri Hulme (born 9 March 1947) is a New Zealand writer. Her only novel, The Bone People, won the Booker Prize in 1985.

Hulme was born in Christchurch, in New Zealand's South Island. The daughter of a carpenter and a credit manager, she was the eldest of six children. Her parents were of English, Scottish, and Māori (Kai Tahu) descent. "Our family comes from diverse people: Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe (Sou

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