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Lloyd Jones (1) (1955–)

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Tekijän teokset

Mister Pip (2006) 3,494 kappaletta
Hand Me Down World (2010) 326 kappaletta
The Book of Fame (2000) 102 kappaletta
Biografi (1993) 89 kappaletta
A History of Silence (2013) 52 kappaletta
Paint Your Wife (2004) 43 kappaletta
The Cage (2017) 40 kappaletta
The Man in the Shed (2009) 16 kappaletta
Choo Woo (1998) 10 kappaletta
The fish (2022) 10 kappaletta
Splinter (1988) 5 kappaletta
This house has three walls (1997) 4 kappaletta

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Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones - Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2007, New Zealand Thingamabrarians (toukokuu 2008)


2-1/2 stars. It was ok, easy to read, with an appealing premise, but for me it disappointed. Too Heart of Darkness-ish.
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Abcdarian | 180 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 18, 2024 |
As a novel that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and that won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and awards from the American Library Association, you can be decently sure this is a well written book. Before reading it though, ask yourself this question: is it okay for a white author to write a story about a black girl in a third world country discovering great value in a novel straight out of the Great Western Canon of dead white males, as presented to her class by a white male teacher. If this makes you want to start warning about paternalism and condescending neo-colonial attitudes, or finds you incredulous that a poor black girl in a third world country wracked by violence would ever find escape in Charles Dickens's London, then you're not going to like this.

If you're prepared to believe that such a story could be written without the author being guilty of a nostalgic fondness for the alleged civilizing mission of the British Empire, or on the other hand possibly embodying the fantasies of white liberal academia saving the world to assuage its white liberal guilt, you could well identify with Matilda as she finds refuge for her mind in a great work of literature in the midst of a bad personal situation. Yes, many novels have been written on this general theme, because it is surely a not too uncommon real life thing, especially in the sub-population of authors and avid readers, one suspects. This one may not offer much that is new to the genre, other than its unusual setting in Papau New Guinea, but it is well done.

You might also want to be aware that the novel is in fact written in the voice of Matilda many years after the events that unfolded when she was a girl, after she has become a refugee in Australia, gone to university, and embarked on writing a graduate thesis. This might prevent you from complaining that the book's voice doesn't sound like it is coming from a young girl of little education.
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lelandleslie | 180 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2024 |
Lloyd Jones is a favourite New Zealand author of mine, but The Fish is a very bleak book indeed.

You know sometimes when you're watching the news, you think, how can one family cope with so much tragedy? The Fish shows with terrible clarity, that sometimes it doesn't.

Longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2023, the novel begins in 1960s New Zealand with the birth of the titular 'fish' in a caravan to the unmarried and nameless teenage sister of the narrator. Despite the description of difference in his appearance, the newborn is of course not a fish. He is a male child, and the reader knows that from his pronouns on the very first page. He has legs, he wears nappies, he is breastfed, and he learns to say 'Mummy' — though by the time that happens, his mother has lost interest in him altogether and doesn't think he's cute anymore.
'Mum', it says. 'Mummy.' Its beady eyes grow. Its fish lips shape a smile. It doesn't look or sound like a Colin. It sounds like a fish trained to say 'Mummy'.

The Fish's mother sits chewing her nails. Her Fish doesn't delight her anymore. She doesn't want to be a mother. She doesn't say so. She doesn't need to. The glumness of the Fish's mother forces a fake cheeriness from everyone. (p.55)

There's quite a bit of fake cheeriness masking what is never said in this narrative. The narrator, looking back on these events and also unnamed, is chided by his mother when once he blurts out his nickname for the new member of the family. She is determined that her grandchild be treated like any other, and he never uses the cruel name aloud again. She loses her temper, just once, in frustration, when he turns out not to be a 'good speller' like the rest of the family' and this shocks the narrator who is used to his mother as a role model guiding them all to treat the child well. But like all role models she is human, and imperfect, and she feels disappointment and frustration like anyone else.)

The narrator, for all his cleverness with vocabulary — quoting the Latin origins of new words for the fun of it — is a kid bewildered by the appearance of this new child. Like his father and mother, he appears to come to terms with it, but he is embarrassed and ashamed at school.
In his class photo the Fish has been placed at the end of the row. There is a gap between him and the girl in the white school blouse standing next to him. There are no other gaps in any of the other rows. We know because we have looked, in that way of the aggrieved out to prove a point. The rest of the class is shoulder to shoulder. Three rows of pegs. Except for the girl next to our Fish. We find a place to hide the class photo. We worry that the Fish will see in the photo what has not been apparent to him in his short life so far. He is different. My sister has given birth to difference. Worse, she has placed difference in our ranks. (p.3)

The narrator knows he shouldn't feel like this, but he does. And yet, he feels aggrieved, and he wants to protect this child from the realisation not just that he is different, but that other people reject him for it. And yet when Carla, the beautiful sister who took off for Sydney when she was unmarried and pregnant, comes home to meet the child she didn't know existed, she soon learns to be fond of him too. Clearly, he is lovable.

To read the rest of my review, please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2024/02/08/the-fish-2022-by-lloyd-jones/
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anzlitlovers | 1 muu arvostelu | Feb 7, 2024 |
(audio) An imaginative story as told from the eyes and ears of a 13yr old black girl living on island caught up in a revolution. How the reading of Great Expectations by a white man living on the small island sparks the imagination of all who live there.
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bentstoker | 180 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 26, 2024 |



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