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Mister Pip

Jones, Lloyd (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, on which survival is a daily struggle, eccentric Mr. Watts, the only white man left after the other teachers flee, spends his day reading to the local children from Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations.
Authors: Jones, Lloyd
Title: Mister Pip
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2008, c2006.
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,19 cm.
Notes: A Dial Press trade paperback.
Summary: On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, on which survival is a daily struggle, eccentric Mr. Watts, the only white man left after the other teachers flee, spends his day reading to the local children from Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations.
Local Note: 15 29 53 133 172 176 188 210
SH : 2008-07-08
ISBN: 9780385341073
0385341075
Statement of Responsibility: Lloyd Jones
Subject Headings: Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea) Fiction. Storytelling Fiction. Books and reading Fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsroman-2008.
Topical Term: Storytelling
Books and reading
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Sep 19, 2013
  • Elizabeth131 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not an easy read, but an inspiring tribute to the triumph of the human spirit. There was an amazing lack of bitterness. People were presented as survivors, not victims, of the cruelty of war.

Nov 09, 2012
  • sess430 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a book recommended by a U.T. professor on the 2010 Freshman Reading Round-up list. Although it has a rather sad ending, it is an inspiring tale of courage. I'd definitely recommend it.

May 15, 2012
  • BrigidScott rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Quirky, and that kept me reading on; but ultimately, verdict is: weird.

May 03, 2011
  • itstartswithano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful, heartbreaking yet hope-filled story.

Apr 26, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant book - Anyone familiar with literature would have an inkling of an idea that the title of this novel relates to Charles Dicken's classic Great Expectations and that notion would prove to be correct. The action takes place on a small island in the Pacific where rebels are fighting and causing havoc which forces all professionals including teachers to leave the island. With no one to teach the children, the only white man left among the natives is an eccentric old man name Mr. Watts who volunteers to assist as best he can in the education of the children. The only book he has is a copy of Great expectations by Dickens and this he reads on a daily basis to the children. They love his readings of the book, and the old man is given the nickname of Mr. Pip. The old man is eventually murdered by the rebels and the entire village is saddened by the loss. It is a beautifully written book about the power of books and education given to a group of children who had neither. REA

Apr 15, 2011
  • jadavies rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A disappointing read. Not at all what I expected given all the hype.

Mar 12, 2010
  • wendybird rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A terrific book, perfect for a bookclub - at once uplifting and heartfelt. How can it be set on a fictional desert island, and told in the voice of a young teen girl & yet seem so real, so riveting?

Mar 03, 2010
  • NickCR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great book, and a very emotional read to me. I learned of this book during an excellent lecture given on it by the Welsh litirary critic (and all around book lover) Robert Adams - on the TV Ontario program Big Ideas. The program can probably be watched online, and gives a great analysis of the book, and also good background on its setting (the island of Bouganville), and the Author. Robert Adams has two bookfuls of other suggested readings "A Love of Reading" and "A Love of Reading Second Collection". I will definitely check out his other picks!

Jan 28, 2010
  • callieperry rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I could not put this book down! Tragic and intriguing.

Jan 02, 2010
  • jenjones2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful read! "Mister Pip" is captivating and heartfelt. Even if you are not a fan of Charles Dickens this story's narrative draws you into a parallel world framed by the famous character "Pip" from the novel "Great Expectations. Beautiful written.

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On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, on which survival is a daily struggle, eccentric Mr. Watts, the only white man left after the other teachers flee, spends his day reading to the local children from Charles Dickens's classic "Great Expectations." 256p.

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Dec 28, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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 house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames.

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Jan 20, 2009
  • Hadley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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