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  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Mister Pip
  • Lloyd Jones
  • English
  • 07 December 2019
  • 9780385341066

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Lloyd Jones Ú 7 review Read & Download Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ú Lloyd Jones Read Mister Pip In a novel that is at once intense beautiful and fablelike Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform our livesOn a copper rich tropical island shattered by war where the teachers have fled with most everyone else only one white man chooses to stay behind the eccentric Mr Watts object of much curiosity and scorn who sweeps out For the love of everything holy I m adding to this review because 1 apparently it pops up as a freuently read review for the novel and 2 apparently people have a LOT of feelings about this review and feel very strongly they should tell me exactly how and why I am wrong about it And look I would be 100% for that if it were debate about the text and interpretative merit etc and there are a few commenters who do get into that and that s an interesting debate to have because truly there is not one authoritative reading of a text But many of the comments that pop up trend along lazy assumptions about me as a reader the you clearly just don t get it variety or the most recent you clearly doesn t know history That s possible but I m re posting here to say I think I do get it but I think the novel did it poorly and that I do know the history and that s why I wish the novel did a better job with it There was also a this is just over analysis clap back which yes That is the exact point of literary analysis so you got me thereMy original review remains in its entirety below At the time I didn t add a lot of layers to it because the book merited very few in my opinion and because there were other books to read and other shit to do But sweet mother mary I m adding some layers now because people s feelings about my review keep popping up in my Goodreads notifications and whereas I rightly treat the rest of the internet as the cesspool of anonymous commenters and trolls that it is and thus pay it no mind Goodreads is a scared place and I will not let such shenanigans stand Je refuseLet me put some presuppositions to rest before the entirety of Goodreads comes at me about howwhy wrong I am about this novel I am very much aware if not overly schooled in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea history including the bloody civil war that spanned the late 80 s and 90 s on Bougainville Island In my current work I m keenly aware of how the peace accord signed only in 2001 still is very relevant for the human rights situation regionally At any rate that s not to say I couldn t learn but I very much get that this book is a sort of historical fiction or in the very least rooting itself in a history in doing such it s giving us a different way to understandsee history and the way that some people survived and survive the horrors of war conflict and loss I just don t think it s doing it particularly well AND I think it s doing it through a particularly troubling lens but on that later Another relevant piece I have a PhD in literature with an emphasis in gender and race studies and I taught literature for many years before a career change and used sections of this very text before This doesn t mean that I definitely right about this or any book or that my opinion is better or smarter than others opinions but it means that I used to read think about and write about books for a living and that now outside of academia I still think about many texts critically and thoughtfully for exceptions please see my reviews of fantasy series which boil down to I love this and don t care whyAnd so when I say I hated this book which I very much did I say it in a context in which 1 I get there is a history behind this book that this book is trying to reflect and 2 I think a lot about how books try to achieve certain ends and whether or not they get there To me Mr Pip told a history poorly superficially and with a troubling lens For all its allusion to complexity the novel does not move far beyond stereotypes and relies on literary cliches you have a mysterious wisecooky older white man a suspicious black mother figure an absolutely flat character machete wielding rebel who should just wear a bad guy sign to put a nail in that coffin The children are drawn to Pop Eye Mr Watts for no apparent reason other than their affinity for all thing white we had grown up believing white to be the color of all important things Which itself could be an interesting deconstruction of the power of white mythology and colonial influence But the novel never challenges or deconstructs this affinity for whiteness only reinforces it with the focus on Pop Eye and a sentimental adherence to the lessons of Great Expectations a Victorian English novel written by a white male author can teach cultural context be damnedIt presents to us and in the plot to the island Dickens Great Expectations as a sort of civilizing sacred text bringing vast imaginative opportunities to otherwise simple island life The white wise teacher with a white wise text becomes the moral instructor for the children of the island and their back woodsy parents as well And he is soft spoiler then ueued up for an act of great white heroism by the endIt s a book about the transformative power of fiction and thus asks us to take the power of literature very seriously which is exactly what I m doing when I say I think it s reductive heavy handed has tinges if not overt overtures of colonial nostalgia and has a uestionable gaze told through the eyes of a local black 13 year old girl but one who affects the gaze of a white reader Look this book was shorted for the Man Booker prize and loads of people including some literary critics and clearly many goodreads readers really liked it That s great I don t think they re dummies or racist asshats for thinking so But I disagree that the book transcends anything other than a tired post colonial theme of self reinvention through white eyesI also thought the pacing was bad The end original reviewI hated this book Let me tell you why this novel read like this look at this poor uneducated island and these poor noble savage ignorant and simple black people who are caught in the middle of a violent conflict between the savage black rebels who will eventually sell you out and the even savage redskins no joke redskins who terrorize you rape you and machete you into pieces they will then feed to a pig The violence indeed the whole setting seemed wildly superfluous The novel was like the literary version of that horrific Mel Gibson movie Apocolypto or however you spell it which was basically a 2 hour long version of ooooh look at the savages and how savage they are Aren t they savage To add insult to injury the only civilizing force on the island is a white man who sprinkles down the magic of white civilization imagination and joy by reading Great Expectations Look I loved Tale of Two Cities but Great Expectations Come on Someone needs to tell this author we ve moved on from Colonialism or at least we try to pretend we have We call it Post Colonialism now We don t write about people of other races as though only we and our white civilization can save them like they are only there for us to be saved like they are only brutalized victims or brutal victimizers And we definitely don t do it while self righteously clinging to Great Expectations as a panacea for human understanding Very Shakespeare in the Bush only without the actual intentions of finding anything out about the power of literature instead it just reads as the power of the white ego

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Lloyd Jones Ú 7 review Read & Download Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ú Lloyd Jones Read Mister Pip Than their own blighted landscape As Mr Watts says “A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe” Soon come the rest of the villagers initially threatened finally inspired to share tales of their own that bring alive the rich mythology of their past But in a ravaged place where even children are forced to live by their wits and daily survival is the only objective imagination can be a dangerous thin Unconvincing narrator condescending patronizing less than successful end Other than that it s an OK story Note to middle aged white guys think twice before writing as 13 year old black island girl

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Lloyd Jones Ú 7 review Read & Download Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ú Lloyd Jones Read Mister Pip The ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens's classic Great ExpectationsSo begins this rare original story about the abiding strength that imagination once ignited can provide As artillery echoes in the mountains thirteen year old Matilda and her peers are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip in a city called London a city whose contours soon become real What a nearly perfect book especially right after reading the original Pip Great Expectations A white NZ man introduces the black children of the tiny island of Bougainville Papua New Guinea to Great Expectations against a background of civil war with the redskins from the larger island I don t want to give any of the plot away and I recommend that you do not read the jacket cover This is an intensely moving lyrical book