Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mister Pip

Title: Mister Pip
Author: Lloyd Jones
John Murray, 2008 (2006)

This novel, set during civil war in a South Sea island, is about identity and the power of imagination. It is at first a philosophical story about a white man who teaches the island kids using Great Expectations as a guide to... well everything. Then, just when I started to think it was all getting a bit boring, one sentence changes the entire tone and direction of the story (for those of you who want to know which sentence: p.173, line 13). It took me completely of guard and the finish of the novel, from that sentence and onwards, is like an anchor that centers the story and pulls it down to your guts!

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