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Mister Pip [large print] / Lloyd Jones.

By: Jones, Lloyd, 1955- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Rearsby : W F Howes, 2008Description: 263 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781407413471; 1407413473; 9781459616356.Subject(s): Bougainville Crisis, Papua New Guinea, 1988- -- Fiction | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century | Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea) -- Fiction | Books and reading -- Fiction | Storytelling -- FictionDDC classification: 823.914 Summary: Mister Pip is a love story, a story about the meaning of names and the power of words. It is about growing up, survival and the search for clues to make sense of life. Thirteen year old Matilda lives with her mother on the Pacific island of Bougainville, which suddenly becomes a violent place: Rebels want the copper mine, which is poisoning their island, to close. They are trying to drive the redskin army, enemies from neighbouring Papua New Guinea, into the sea. The abandoned schoolhouse is overgrown with jungle. In this troubled world, Mr Watts decides he will open the school once more, and reads 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens aloud to his students, a chapter a day. Stories flourish on the island. While the lives of Pip and Magwitch and other characters from 'Great Expectations' are transformed in their new tropical setting, the locals come to the schoolhouse to tell their own tales, about the meaning of the colour blue, about broken dreams, black birds, devil women and a dozen other subjects. In Matilda's eyes, Pip is as real as any living person. He has become her friend. She writes his name in the sand and decorates it with shells. That's where the redskin soldiers see it, and decide they must track this stranger down. Who is this Mr Pip? The search to find him will have devastating consequences for Matilda, Mr Watts and the entire village. Matilda may never stop looking for him.
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"Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007"--Cover.

Thirteen-year-old Matilda lives with her mother on the Pacific island of Bougainville when suddenly violence erupts as rebels try to take over. Mr Watts decides to read Dickens' Great Expectations to his students, a chapter a day. The story transforms Matilda's world as the character Pip becomes alive and helps make sense of life during devastating times.

Mister Pip is a love story, a story about the meaning of names and the power of words. It is about growing up, survival and the search for clues to make sense of life. Thirteen year old Matilda lives with her mother on the Pacific island of Bougainville, which suddenly becomes a violent place: Rebels want the copper mine, which is poisoning their island, to close. They are trying to drive the redskin army, enemies from neighbouring Papua New Guinea, into the sea. The abandoned schoolhouse is overgrown with jungle. In this troubled world, Mr Watts decides he will open the school once more, and reads 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens aloud to his students, a chapter a day. Stories flourish on the island. While the lives of Pip and Magwitch and other characters from 'Great Expectations' are transformed in their new tropical setting, the locals come to the schoolhouse to tell their own tales, about the meaning of the colour blue, about broken dreams, black birds, devil women and a dozen other subjects. In Matilda's eyes, Pip is as real as any living person. He has become her friend. She writes his name in the sand and decorates it with shells. That's where the redskin soldiers see it, and decide they must track this stranger down. Who is this Mr Pip? The search to find him will have devastating consequences for Matilda, Mr Watts and the entire village. Matilda may never stop looking for him.

Originally published: Auckland : Penguin, 2006 ; London : John Murray, 2007.

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