Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones Reviews
Description:ISBN 071956994X / Author: Lloyd Jones / Genre: Fiction
Newest Review: ... Bougainville (part of Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean). The island is in the throws of a civil war and all of Matilda's ... more
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by severus_snape - written on 10/04/08
I recently read this book, and although I bought it based on the Booker Prize nomination, I was pleased I'd read it anyway. However, I'm not sure I would have nominated it myself. The novel is set in Bougainville Island (which, if you're like me and Geographically ignorant, you might need help from Wikipedia to locate it in Papua New Guinea) during the early 1990s, when the government of Papua New Guinea took action against traditional landowners, capitalising on the Island's valuable copper mine - the richest in the world. The protagonist and narrator, Matilda (whose name is given by the Australians working the copper mine) lives in a tiny village with her ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/03/08, updated on 26/03/08 (Very useful, 612 readings)
The second Richard and Judy book I chose to read this year was entitled Mister Pip and is an endearing tale of a young girl trapped on a Papua New Guinea Island [Bougainville]which is ravaged by Civil War, between red skins and rambos. The author, Lloyd Jones, covered this war as a journalist in the 1990's and his knowledge of the situation can be seen in this book. The narrator of the story, 13 year old Matilda, begins her story as a blockade has begun. Helicopters circle the island at night putting immense fear into the islanders. They have no electricity due to the generators being destroyed and they are cut off from the outside world. The source of work ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/01/10 (Very useful, 152 readings)
'Mister Pip' is a fiction book by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, published in 2006 and shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. The book has garnered a lot of praise from various critics, but it was the book cover which attracted me to it; lots of bright, vivid images of birds, flowers and a little girl, really make it stand out on the book shelf. The story is narrated by Matilda as she looks back at her youth, growing up on a tropical island called Bougainville (part of Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean). The island is in the throws of a civil war and all of Matilda's school teachers have fled to safety. So Mr. Watts, the only white person on the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/11/09 (Very useful, 42 readings)
I have to admit that I only picked this book up in Waterstone's because the cover attracted me to it. I often find that the way books are displayed on tables and on shelves makes me look around for something that is visually captivating. There is an old adage 'never judge a book by its cover' but I did just that, initially anyway. The cover promised blue skies and bright tropical flowers and really made the book stand out. This is one excellent example of how the way a book is packaged can attract a potential reader. Matilda is a thirteen year old girl who lives in Bougainville which is a tropical island in Papua New Guinea, torn apart by civil ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/01/09, updated on 24/10/13 (Useful, 48 readings)
Lloyd Jones clearly has an extensive knowledge of the area about which he writes (Papua New Guinea), and it is possibly this which enables him wear his learning so lightly. The geography and culture are often alluded to rather than painstakingly spelled out, as can sometimes be the case. I like this, as I enjoy finding out about other places and/or times when reading fiction, but it's annoying when it feels like a lesson. On the whole I found it a very satisfying read, and although the fact that it was tied so closely to Great Expectations, meant that the connections sometimes seemed a little forced, it did make me want to go back to that book too (one of ... Read the complete review
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