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ISBN13: 9780385341073
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Staff Pick

One of the best books I read in 2008, Mister Pip is the kind of lyrical and poignant novel one wishes to find every few weeks. An added bonus: it also inspires a desire to reread Dickens's Great Expectations.
Recommended by Sheila N., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform our lives.

On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, where the teachers have fled with most everyone else, only one white man chooses to stay behind: the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of much curiosity and scorn, who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens's classic Great Expectations.

So begins this rare, original story about the abiding strength that imagination, once ignited, can provide. As artillery echoes in the mountains, thirteen-year-old Matilda and her peers are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip in a city called London, a city whose contours soon become more real than their own blighted landscape. As Mr. Watts says, "A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe." Soon come the rest of the villagers, initially threatened, finally inspired to share tales of their own that bring alive the rich mythology of their past. But in a ravaged place where even children are forced to live by their wits and daily survival is the only objective, imagination can be a dangerous thing.

Review:

"A promising though ultimately overwrought portrayal of the small rebellions and crises of disillusionment that constitute a young narrator's coming-of-age unfolds against an ominous backdrop of war in Jones's latest. When the conflict between the natives and the invading 'redskin' soldiers erupts on an unnamed tropical island in the early 1990s, 13-year-old Matilda Laimo and her mother, Dolores, are unified with the rest of their village in their efforts for survival. Amid the chaos, Mr. Watts, the only white local (he is married to a native), offers to fill in as the children's schoolteacher and teaches from Dickens's Great Expectations. The precocious Matilda, who forms a strong attachment to the novel's hero, Pip, uses the teachings as escapism, which rankles Dolores, who considers her daughter's fixation blasphemous. With a mixture of thrill and unease, Matilda discovers independent thought, and Jones captures the intricate, emotionally loaded evolution of the mother-daughter relationship. Jones (The Book of Fame; Biografi) presents a carefully laid groundwork in the tense interactions between Matilda, Dolores and Mr. Watts, but the extreme violence toward the end of the novel doesn't quite work. Jones's prose is faultless, however, and the story is innovative enough to overcome the misplayed tragedy. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"On an island called Bougainville in the early 1990s, civil war rages. Rebels have taken up arms, and soldiers helicopter in from nearby Port Moresby to reestablish New Guinea's sovereignty over the island. All the whites have fled except one: Mr. Watts, a New Zealander married to a local woman. He offers to replace the departed teacher and reopen the village school; on the second day of class, he... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[A]n assured tribute to the remarkable ability of literature to see us through adversities and tribulations. The Man Booker committee would be on the mark were it to give its prestigious award to Mister Pip." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"Not just a delightful read, Mister Pip shows the cut and thrust of true multiculturalism." Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"The accessible narrative, with its direct and graceful prose, belies the sophistication of its telling as Jones addresses head-on the effects of imperialism and the redemptive power of art." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[A]ddresses ideas of place and homesickness with conviction...a worthwhile read." Library Journal

Review:

"Mister Pip is sheer magic, a story about stories and their power to transcend the limits of imagination and reside in the deep heart's core. Lloyd Jones is a brave and fierce writer, and he has given us Dickens brand new again." Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child

Review:

"[I]f Mister Pip is preachy — and it is — it's also a book with worthwhile thoughts to impart. Mr. Jones's ability to translate these thoughts into the gentle, tropical, roundabout idiom of his setting...turns out to be genuinely affecting." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"A little Gauguin, a bit of Lord Jim, the novel's lyricism evokes great beauty and great pain." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In a transcendent novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fable-like, the author of Biograf celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform lives.

About the Author

Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His previous novels and collections of stories include the award-winning The Book of Fame; Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book; Choo Woo; Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance; and Paint Your Wife. Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington.

Jones's Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance will be available in the U.S. for the first time on August 26, 2008.

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itpdx, December 24, 2013 (view all comments by itpdx)
A little treasure. A story about where a book and your imagination can take you. The last white man in a village on a island of Papua New Guinea during a civil war that has isolated the village takes on teaching the children. Through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl in the village, the most successful lesson is the Mr. Watt's reading of Dicken's Great Expectations. But he also invites the adults of the village to share their knowledge and stories with the children. A book, imagination and the horror of war weave an amazing story.
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Addicted to the page, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Addicted to the page)
Lloyd Jones bases his story of the power of imagination in the civil war on Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where a young girl, her mother, and an eccentric foreign teacher collide with a dangerous soldier. Poignant and powerful.
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Julie Spezia, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Julie Spezia)
I loved this book and gave it to several discerning readers. When I was in New Zealand I bought other books by Lloyd Jones. All worth the read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385341073
Author:
Jones, Lloyd
Publisher:
Dial Press
Author:
Various
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;papua new guinea;new zealand;dickens;charles dickens;war;great expectations;novel;bougainville;coming of age;south pacific;literature;new guinea;new zealand fiction;civil war;island;books about books;21st century;contemporary;literary fiction;teac
Subject:
fiction;papua new guinea;new zealand;dickens;war;charles dickens;great expectations;novel;bougainville;coming of age;south pacific;literature;new guinea;new zealand fiction;civil war;island;books about books;21st century;contemporary;literary fiction;surv
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
12 x 9 x 5 in 9.77 lb

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Product details 272 pages Dial Press - English 9780385341073 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

One of the best books I read in 2008, Mister Pip is the kind of lyrical and poignant novel one wishes to find every few weeks. An added bonus: it also inspires a desire to reread Dickens's Great Expectations.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A promising though ultimately overwrought portrayal of the small rebellions and crises of disillusionment that constitute a young narrator's coming-of-age unfolds against an ominous backdrop of war in Jones's latest. When the conflict between the natives and the invading 'redskin' soldiers erupts on an unnamed tropical island in the early 1990s, 13-year-old Matilda Laimo and her mother, Dolores, are unified with the rest of their village in their efforts for survival. Amid the chaos, Mr. Watts, the only white local (he is married to a native), offers to fill in as the children's schoolteacher and teaches from Dickens's Great Expectations. The precocious Matilda, who forms a strong attachment to the novel's hero, Pip, uses the teachings as escapism, which rankles Dolores, who considers her daughter's fixation blasphemous. With a mixture of thrill and unease, Matilda discovers independent thought, and Jones captures the intricate, emotionally loaded evolution of the mother-daughter relationship. Jones (The Book of Fame; Biografi) presents a carefully laid groundwork in the tense interactions between Matilda, Dolores and Mr. Watts, but the extreme violence toward the end of the novel doesn't quite work. Jones's prose is faultless, however, and the story is innovative enough to overcome the misplayed tragedy. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]n assured tribute to the remarkable ability of literature to see us through adversities and tribulations. The Man Booker committee would be on the mark were it to give its prestigious award to Mister Pip."
"Review" by , "Not just a delightful read, Mister Pip shows the cut and thrust of true multiculturalism."
"Review" by , "The accessible narrative, with its direct and graceful prose, belies the sophistication of its telling as Jones addresses head-on the effects of imperialism and the redemptive power of art."
"Review" by , "[A]ddresses ideas of place and homesickness with conviction...a worthwhile read."
"Review" by , "Mister Pip is sheer magic, a story about stories and their power to transcend the limits of imagination and reside in the deep heart's core. Lloyd Jones is a brave and fierce writer, and he has given us Dickens brand new again."
"Review" by , "[I]f Mister Pip is preachy — and it is — it's also a book with worthwhile thoughts to impart. Mr. Jones's ability to translate these thoughts into the gentle, tropical, roundabout idiom of his setting...turns out to be genuinely affecting."
"Review" by , "A little Gauguin, a bit of Lord Jim, the novel's lyricism evokes great beauty and great pain."
"Synopsis" by , In a transcendent novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fable-like, the author of Biograf celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform lives.
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