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Mister Pip

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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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
aferret

A View Into Another World

by aferret on Apr 9, 2009

An engaging view into another world, one rife with civil war and hardships. This tells it like it is....life can be hard, especially for the innocent children.

Cariola

A Powerful Novel about the Power of Books

by Cariola on Mar 29, 2008

A wonderful book about the power of the written word (when mixed with the reader's imagination) to change lives and/or make them bearable. Also questions the meaning of heroism in a violent world and examines the role one influential person can play in shaping the life of a young person. Jones creates a unique and believeable voice for his narrator, 12-year old Matilda, and his depiction of her life in a remote Solomon Islands village torn by political war is both engaging and devastating. It's not hard to understand why Matilda and her classmates so eagerly enter the world of Dickens's Pip as a means of escape from the poverty and violence of their own lives. Mr. Watts, the last white man left on the island, a man known for wearing a red nose and carting his very large wife about in a trolley, finds himself cast in the role of teacher. Ill prepared, the best he can do is share with his students his love of "Mister Dickens's greatest novel," Great Expectations. In their world, Pip's story becomes a fragment of reality onto which they can hold. My only negative comment about this novel is that the last 30 pages or so, after the climax, seem rahter rushed. But all is forgiven when the book as a whole is considered.

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reader212

Worth the Agony?

by reader212 on Dec 6, 2007

It would help to have read Great Expectations recently (or have a good memory of it), but the horror of the experiences overroad the inspiration of the power of a book to help one survive. It is well written and captivating but leaves one depressed rather than exultant.

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