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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719521831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719521836
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 24 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're like me, reading a good novel involves getting intricately involved in the life and times of its main characters. The internationally acclaimed New Zealand novelist, Lloyd Jones, has produced just such a literary gem that grants the reader a chance to get up close with various types who are struggling to define themselves in the story. The setting is a war-torn island off Papua-New Guinea, where the locals are beseiged on all sides by foreign troops, rebels, and aimless do-gooders like the Watts who have wandered in from somewhere south. The story involves Matilda and her mother trying to cope while the father is working in eastern Australia. Along comes Mr. Watts, who suddenly appears in the local village as the new school teacher. The single, solitary lesson for that year consist of Watts retelling Dickens's "Great Expectations" as it focuses on the life of Pip. He tells it so well that he succeeds in making Matilda actually conceive Pip as a real person in her very parochial existence. The adventures of Pip as he tries to make sense of his chaotic life in Victorian England start to play out as a reference in Matilda's equally uncertain life. The past quickly becomes the present as the children start to see Pip's prospects as being theirs in the future. The old cultural traditions and superstitions of the island get cast aside as even the older generation start to take an interest in this unfolding story. Just as it is wrapping up, the violence of the modern age intrudes on this little fantasy world that is starting to form. The island is attacked by rebel forces and Matilda's sense of hope bound up in this new found identity called Pip is destroyed.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Litlover on June 24 2009
Format: Paperback
This book begs to be read over and over. It's a coming of age story. It's a story about racism, mother daughter relations,and it takes place in a remote island near Australia during a time of war. Matilda, a young girl, invites you into her world as she tells the story. You will fall in love with her and life on the island as she is exposed to another world through Dickens timeless novel, Great Expectations. The effect is transforming. She struggles with her mother's values and dilemmas of loyalty. Looking at war through Matilda's eyes is fascinating and heartbreaking. How she will be changed! The writing is superb and the story is enchanting and devastating at the same time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Mendelsohn on Sept. 21 2009
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Go away to an island, a place of myth based on real. A fable story that has a "Little Prince" ability, a Haruki Murakami ability to get your imagination flowing but is also political without being big P political. I.e. Interesting, but still fiction-story-stunning. That magic that was the transporting reason you went to books as a kid. That kind of book. But for grownups.

-Bookworm, Movie Nerd
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Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I agree with a line in the book that says "A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe". Sometimes you forget when you're so engrossed in a good story, and this was a good story.
The story is basically about a very imaginative, inquisitive girl named Matilda who lives on an island near Australia with her very religious mother. Matilda is fascinated by her sophisticated teacher Mr. Watts. Amid the chaos and violent conflicts on the island, Matilda dreams about the make-believe world of the main character 'Pip' in the novel 'Great Expectations' which Mr. Watts reads to the class. I heard that this book is being made into a movie.
I wonder who they will cast as Mr. Watts? I personally think Ralph Fiennes would be perfect! I can totally picture him as Mr. Watts!
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By Kintore on Jan. 7 2011
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for a Lit class in University. I fell in love with it even though I wasn't a huge fan of fiction. It's simple storytelling, with powerful themes. About teaching, and creating safe, learning spaces. I highly recommend this book.
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