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Mister Pip
by Lloyd Jones
From The Jacket:On a copper rich tropical island shattered by war, where the teachers have fled with almost 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. 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.
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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