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    Lloyd Jones(Author)

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You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames.' Bougainville. 1991. A small village on a lush tropical island in the South Pacific. Eighty-six days have passed since Matilda's last day of school as, quietly, war is encroaching from the other end of the island. When the villagers' safe, predictable lives come to a halt, Bougainville's children are surprised to find the island's only white man, a recluse, re-opening the school. Pop Eye, aka Mr Watts, explains he will introduce the children to Mr Dickens. Matilda and the others think a foreigner is coming to the island and prepare a list of much needed items. They are shocked to discover their acquaintance with Mr Dickens will be through Mr Watts' inspiring reading of Great Expectations. But on an island at war, the power of fiction has dangerous consequences. Imagination and beliefs are challenged by guns.

It's clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff! Being a truthful writer, Jones sees nothing neither his heroes nor his villains in black and white. His is a bold inquiry into the way that we construct and repair our communities, and ourselves, with stories old and new (- The Times 'In this dazzling story-within-a-story, Jones has created a microcosm of post-colonial literature, hybridising the narratives of back and white races to create a new and resonant fable ! There is a fittingly dreamy lyrical quality to Jones's w)- Observer'Mister Pip" is a poignant and impressive work which can take its place alongside the classical novels of adolescence (-- Times Literary Supplement 'A major word-of-mouth bestseller')Sue Baker, PUBLISHING News

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  • Lloyd Jones(Author)
  • Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • English
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  • By Beverley Lewis on 4 March 2017

    A slow starter but excellent at transporting you into a war torn small island. Harrowing at times but characters you care about.

  • By Teresa J Murphy on 23 June 2017

    Unusual theme, thought provoking and absorbing. Thoroughly recommend.

  • By Harrie on 15 May 2017

    A truly incredible book, I recently purchased a second copy as a gift for a friend. The story takes place in a small community in Papua New Guinea torn by civil war, following a young girl who becomes infatuated with Dickens' 'Great Expectations' (the story is also great if you like this novel too, as it has small snippets of the novel throughout).I really recommend this book if you like novels such as 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' - the story is heartbreaking at times and the principal character is very compelling.

  • By suzana blair on 15 August 2015

    I bought it for my son , school requests!

  • By Ukulele on 29 November 2014

    Why isn't there the option to give 0 stars? This book is so poorly constructed and, if I hadn't had to read it for school, I would've put it down after the first few pages. As a young writer myself, I can be very critical of the work of authors, but this is by far the worst book I've read in my entire life. The author has such a limited vocabulary, if I got a pound for each time he used 'said' I'd surely be a millionaire. The characters are very two dimensional and have such little personality that it's impossible to sympathise with them. The book, as a whole, is focused to solidly on one character and I feel like a large cast of characters should exist to give more of a balance. I had hoped that, because it was horribly written, it might be funny. I was wrong. There's not a single part of the book that made me even crack a smile. The characters didn't grow on me at all and in the more violent, dangerous scenes of the book, it suddenly occurred to me that if they died, I wouldn't even care. It's not hard to make me shed a tear, but if Lloyd Jones had at least been brave and killed off the narrator, I would've probably been happy. The author simply does not have a way with words or any interesting plotlines, nor does he use very many techniques. Rather than several different plotlines which might have offered variety, there was one single plotline and I wasn't even sure what it was. It was a very unclear book as to what it was leading to and towards the end it simply died off. Endings are something that can really make the book feel worthwhile, but there was none of such a thing, it simply ended. It provoked no emotion or questions within me and I'm struggling to see why this mediocre novel was picked to be studied by 14-15 year old GCSE students. The entire book refuses to grip me, even in scenes where it's supposed to be dramatic. The author does absolutely nothing to keep the reader turning the pages and if I could, I would take back all that time spent reading it. An awful read that I certainly wouldn't suggest. I'd actually warn you away from it really, read something that's worth your time, something that can evoke emotion, that can draw you in with its unique cast of characters and keep you reading with its unique plotlines and an enticing, beautiful style of writing, not this.

  • By Gordon Eldridge on 26 February 2008

    This is a very interesting book indeed. The central character is a young girl caught up in civil unrest on an island in New Guinea. When all those who are able to flee the island do so, the only remaining white man, a somewhat eccentric New Zealander, begins teaching the island's children. He is not a teacher by trade and the only text he has at his disposal is a well-worn copy of Great Expectations. The scene is set for the author to explore some very interesting themes - the clash of Western and tribal cultures, the role stories play in our lives (both our own and those from literature), the way grasping an opportunity can change our lives forever, the horrors of civil unrest.....Along the way we are treated to some truly insightful moments and some intriguing plot twists. Then somewhere near the end things go wrong. None of the ideas that have been taken up are brought to a satisfactory conclusion and the plot just seems to fade away into oblivion. I would still recommend reading the book. It is conceptually interesting and ambitious, but somehow doesn't quite get where it wants to go.


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