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In "The Bone People" by Keri Hulme, why does Joe think Kerewin's sun-eater is grotesque?

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In "The Bone People," Joe finds Kerewin's sun-eater to be grotesque because it is a machine that operates in a manner in which he does not understand and because the phrase "sun-eater" invokes supernatural connotations that make Joe uncomfortable. The solar powered contraption is said by Kerewin to eat the rays of the sun. For Joe, and others who have a reverence for the power and mythical energy of the sun, the thought of a human-made contraption "eating" or otherwise controlling the power of the sun is a disturbing concept. What is interesting is that if the contraption were to be explained in different terms, Joe may have a positive reaction to it, as it operates from a form of energy that is kind to the Earth.

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In the book, Joe thinks that Kerewin's sun-eater is grotesque because it appears to be an eerie...

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