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CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to dutch-book, who had this book on her wishlist.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
'Mister Pip' is built around the stories people build around themselves, truth and lies, secrets and revelations, and the way people piece together their own version of reality. As a child and teenager, Matilda is not able to interpret the behaviour of the adults surrounding her. She observes closely, but often draws the wrong conclusions and is scared to ask for explanations for strange behaviour. As she matures, in a village cut off from the outside world and threatened both by the "redskins" in helicopters and later on the ground, and the rebels in the jungle, she realises that absolute truth can be a dangerous thing, and that sometimes the only way to protect yourself is to tell stories and live a lie. The eager-to-please simpleton who is unable to grasp this puts everyone in danger, and Matilda's mother's refusal to pretend she believes something she doesn't is what leads to her downfall. The teacher Mr. Watts, Scheherazade-like, prolongs his life by combining the stories the villagers have told him, his own story and that of Pip into something to charm the rebels. The redskin leader is only playing a role, but can't escape it and regain his humanity except at the simplest level, protecting Matilda from seeing what is happening during the atrocities.
The first half of the book is simple and slow, with a growing sense of tension, increasing with each minor argument and incident. At one point everything seemed to come to a standstill, and the only tension was between Mr. Watts and Matilda's mother. Nevertheless, the presence of the warring factions fueled the knowledge that something terrible would inevitably happen. After it had, I hadn't expected the book to get better, but the final chapters were in some ways the most intense and deep of the book, in spite of the apparent lack of activity. As and adult Matilda is able to make sense of all that happened, to accept the lies, to understand the adults' motivations for deception. Finally meeting the "real" Mr. Dickens allowed her to explore the real Mr. Watts and his many faces.
"I suppose it is possible to be all of these things. To sort of fall out of who you are into another, as well as to journey back to some essential sense of self. We only see what we see. [...] I only know the man who took us kids by the hand and taught us how to re-imagine the world, and to see the possibility of change, to welcome it into our lives. Your ship could come in at any time, and that ship could take many forms."
The only criticism I would have of the 'Mister Pip' is that, notwithstanding the civil war background, there was not much sense of place. Near the end of the book, Matilda mentions experiencing goosepimples for the first time on the air-conditioned plane, and I was aware of the scenery of jungle and blue tropical seas, but I'm not sure this came from the descriptions in the book itself, but rather with the fact that I knew where it was set. The feeling of brooding heat came more from the fact that the village people were cut off by living on an island which was been blockaded and constantly in fear. I had hoped for a little more local colour, but perhaps this is unrealistic as it was written by a New Zealander. The pale blue flowery cover is also somewhat misleading, giving little clue to some of the more violent passages. Even these, however, take place out of our sight, barely described (thank goodness). It reminded me very much of 'Lord of the Flies', with the increasing violence and island setting, and I can imagine it would make a good book for the school syllabus.
I really did enjoy this book immensely, and I will be looking out for more books by this author. Recommended.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
- The Ultimate Challenge - read and release books, with extra points for a monthly theme
- Reduce Mount TBR (To Be Read) - read and release books on the TBR list since before the end of 2012. My reading goal is 65 books.
- Pages Read Challenge - read a self-set target number of pages in 2013. My goal is 26,000.
- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge. 2013 goal: 24.
The background of the story was pretty gruesome. But I didn't give up because I just couldn't stop reading. Like Bookguide, I'm now interested in reading "Great Expectations", and I hope to find an abridged version to start with, like Mathilda.
Funny, because this is the second book about Charles Dickens I've read in one month, just having finished "Dodger" by Terry Pratchett, which features a Dickens character and is set in his era.
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Wil je, als je het uit hebt, hier vertellen wat je ervan vond? Daarna zou het leuk zijn als je het verder laat reizen. Je kan het aan een kennis geven om te lezen of zomaar in het wild ergens achterlaten zodat iemand anders het kan vinden, bijvoorbeeld in een restaurant, school, buiten, of ergens anders waarvan jij denkt dat er mensen komen die dit boek zouden willen lezen.
Het zou nog leuker zijn als je lid wordt van BookCrossing. Dat is gratis en veilig, je emailadres wordt niet doorgegeven. Je kunt dan zelf zien waar het boek na jou naar toe gaat. Je kan ook andere boeken registeren en loslaten, kijk maar eens op http://www.bookcrossing.nl of klink links in de index van deze site. Als je lid wordt, zou ik het leuk vinden als je mij, eowyn-unquendor, als verwijzer ("referrer") opgeeft.
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When re-releasing this book please be aware that airports are not a good place to leave books unless they have a specific book exchange shelf or area, due to security problems, so they may well just be disposed of. Also charity shops may well discard books that have been labelled in any way and they mostly chose only the books in the very best condition
to place on their shelves and discard the rest-so another bad release option.