In a small village Bougainville during the civil of the early 1990s, Matilda’s thirteen-year old routine life is disrupted as her school is forced to close. The remaining white man on the island, Mr. Watts, agrees to teach classes at the school. His classes consist of reading Dickens’ Great Expectations from start to finish. Matilda is cast under the spell of the story and her constant enthusiasm for the character Pip raises the ire of her devout Christian mother who becomes concerned at Matilda’s fascination with fiction.
After finishing the novel I read Nicholas Reed’s review in The Listener and I pretty much agree with his verdict. The success of the novel lies in its overcoming of what on first glance look like insurmountable obstacles; it seems unbelievable that the character of Pip would be so appealing to Matilda, or that we we, as readers, would accept
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And here's a bit of fun: Wired's six word science fiction stories.
Hey, perhaps The Listener could one! (6-words).