Praise and Five Pie Slices for Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, Dial Press 2006 Paperback 2008, 256 pages
Shortlisted for the BOOKER Prize. Winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize: BEST BOOK AWARD
MOTIVATION for READING: I signed up for the New Zealand Book Month Challenge and this was one book recommended. I checked this out from the library.
WHAT it’s ABOUT: When war comes to the island of Bouganville, one of the Solomon Islands in the 1990s, all the white people leave and no one comes back except soldiers, by helicopter. The villages are left to fend for themselves. A young girl named Matilda, approximately 14 years old introduces the reader to the only white man to stay on the island. This Mr. Watts, often called Pop-Eye, volunteers to continue operating the school and reads Great Expectations by Charles Dickens to the students. Matilda escapes into the strange world of London, Dickens and Pip and learns a lot: about people and life, love, and courage.
WHAT’s GOOD: The narrator’s voice is wonderful. The pacing of this careful and deliberate story pulls you in without you even noticing and then RIPS YOUR HEART OUT! It has hope, loss, tenderness, tragedy and terrific story-telling. I bawled hard; in case you like to cry with a good story.
My THOUGHTs: I really enjoyed this book! One of my favorites this year so far.
Now, I am not sure I’ve read Great Expectations but I did enjoy the movie starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. I don’t think it necessary to know who Pip is and much about Dickens’ Great Expectations but I do believe that reading this first might add to an appreciation of it! So maybe, I should add GE to my classics must-read list…
So many pretty covers, too:
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FIVE PIE SLICES of Two Crust Mango and Pineapple Pie with Coconut Sorbet!
If you need a good recommendation for a quick thoroughly satisfying story for the Read-A-Thon, Mister Pip is perfect.