Mister Pip

Jones, Lloyd

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mister Pip
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.

Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2008, c2006.
ISBN: 9780385341073
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,19 cm.


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Oct 21, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mister Pip comes to life amongst the equally vivid inhabitants of a nameless South Pacific island suspended in time. This is a beautiful and harrowing narrative about a girl caught in the undertow of post-colonial influences where she finds solace in the recounting of experiences of a fictional boy living in 19th century London.

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 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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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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