Published: Melbourne: Text, 2006
Shortlisted: Man Booker Prize 2007
Read: 29 Sept 2007
Summary (from Cover)
Matilda is a 13 year old girl living in a remote village surrounded by civil unrest in the Pacific. With services shutting down, the only remaining white man, Mr Watts, takes over classes in the schoolroom, reading aloud to his class from Great Expectations, a book by his friend Mr Dickens.
Soon Dickens’ hero Pip starts to come alive for Matilda, becoming as real to her as her god fearing mother, and the greatest friendship of her life begins.
But on an island at war, the power of the imagination can be a dangerously provocative thing…
Mister Pip is brilliant, it is another, which deals about nationality, this time Black Islanders, but the book is firmly based around the characters and the personal journey they take. It is told innocently by the main character who is just a child, and you feel her, the joys, the beauty, the strength, the frailty through her telling. You slip comfortably inside the characters and the ease of the dialogue and writing just carries you along.
The key to the heart of this book is through its link to the literate world. It is one that connects any avid reader, as we already know and understand this relationship, it is indeed why we ourselves read, and is a great formula for success in a novel because there is no risk associated with it. So with one link formed, the rest are easy to get, it is a formula, but it never feels that way, it is really very clever.