Thirteen-year-old Matilda watches as all the foreigners flee her homeland - all but one, the white man Mr. Watts. Amidst the ruins of the town schoolhouse, Watts reads Dickens' Great Expectations to the children, thus sparking their imaginations and giving them hope in a chaotic world.
©2006 Lloyd Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"In its exploration of how literature can bring joy amid great suffering, Mister Pip is a heartwarming and worthwhile coming-of-age novel." (Bookmarks magazine)
"Genuinely affecting....A book with worthwhile thoughts to impart." (The New York Times)
"Storytelling, imagination, courage, beauty, memories and sudden violence are the main elements of this extraordinary book." (Isabel Allende)
This is one of the best books I have listened to in the 3 odd years I have been regularly downloading books. If you liked Alexander McCall Smith's books (44 Scotland Street, The No. 1 Lady's Detective Agency) or Neil Gorman's Anansi Boys, you will like this book. The narrator's unique voice completely draws you into the story, and into a different country and culture allowing you to feel the heat, sandy beaches and sunlight of her tropical homeland while at the same time the plot of the story underscores the ways in which differences in countries, historial eras or culture really don't matter, because we all share the same basic human joys, concerns and fears. Not to be missed.
It is by far the best book I've listened this year. I had read some of his work before but I hadn't find anything remarkable untill I discovered Mister Pip. deep and funny, this book reveals the richness and magic of a world that the Western side sometimes fails to appreciate. Also, Susan's great performance successfully recounts this wonderful world.
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