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Mister Pip
by Lloyd Jones

PBR Review MISTER PIP by Lloyd Jones was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. It's only about 300 pages long, but it packs a profound message about life. It takes place in the 1990's on a tropical island, which is experiencing a brutal civil war. As the island is invaded many people flee leaving one teacher left in the village. The narrator of this masterfully written story is a 13-year-old island girl named Matilda. With her haunting voice she tells the story of how this eccentric teacher reads GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens aloud to the village children, in what is left of their schoolhouse. How this simple act unites and divides this community is insightful and inspiring. This book is exceptional and would make an excellent book club choice.Back.
Talking Points: This book will open many avenues for discussion. While this small island was experiencing a civil war, much of the world was unaware of the brutality that was taking place. It's a very touching well written story about the positive impact one man made on a community experiencing wartime atrocities and the resilience of the human spirit. There are moral, ethical, racial and parent child themes. And most profoundly it shows the positive effects of reading as teacher and pupil bond, curiosity is sparked and a love of reading develops.
PBR Reader Comments:
This is a beautifully written story narrated by a young girl whose voice you will hear long after you have put the book down. I loved this book and all the characters in it. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, which is given to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Check out our award pages for more suggestions.
by-PBR 2009/03/23, 04:31 PM

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