Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones 6

by Craig Silvey

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/05/2010

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Full of unforgettable characters, a page-turning pace and outrageously good dialogue, this is a glorious novel thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking and wise about outsiders and secrets, and what it really means to be a hero.

Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.

Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

'If we see a more entertaining, heartfelt piece of Australian literature in the next 12 months, it will be a rare year indeed - an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird.' - The Monthly

'It's genius.' - West Australian

'. impossible to put down . There's tension, injustice, young love, hypocrisy . and, above all, the certainty that Silvey has planted himself in the landscape as one of our finest storytellers.' - Australian Women's Weekly

'Jasper Jones confronts inhumanity and racism, as the stories of Mark Twain and Harper Lee did. Silvey's voice is distinctive: astute, witty, angry, understanding and self-assured.' - Weekend Australian

'Jasper Jones is a riveting tale, studded with laugh-out-loud and life-affirming moments yet underpinned by a clear-eyed examination of human weaknesses and misdemeanours.' - Adelaide Advertiser

ISBN:
9781742372624
9781742372624
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-05-2010
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
408
Dimensions (mm):
198x128x28mm
Weight:
0.35kg
Craig Silvey

Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup Western Australia. He now lives in Fremantle, where at the age of 19 he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, published by Fremantle Press in 2004.

In 2005, Rhubarb was chosen as the 'One Book' for the Perth International Writers' Festival, and was included in the national Books Alive campaign.

Silvey also received a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. In 2007, Silvey released The World According To Warren, a picture book affectionately starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb.

His second novel, Jasper Jones, was completed with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Outside of literature, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes!

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  • You don’t steal the peaches of a communist psychopath

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    The titular character Jasper Jones is a mixed race outcast. Despite the title, the story is primarily about 13 year old Charlie. JJ covers a range of confronting topics such as hypocrisy, prejudices, peer pressure and (indirectly) even the Vietnam war.
    While a depressing read at times, JJ is flawlessly written. Silvery’s depictions of a small Australian town ring true as does the banter between Charlie and his best friend Jeffery. I loved the character Jeffery and if he had his own story I’d buy it in a heartbeat!
    My criticism: the “To Kill A Mockingbird” references got a little tiring.

  • Brilliant!

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    Before My Year 11 english teacher gave our class this book to read i was stuck on teen fantasy with sparkly vampires and unrealistic love stories. This opened my eyes to a whole new range of litriture, one of my all time favourite books, Brilliant!!!

  • Couldn't put it down!

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    I loved this book. It was so richly written and easy to immerse yourself into that I looked forward to each time I picked it up. I would like to read more of Craig's work if this is a sample! Yes the subject of death is there but it is just a part of a lovely story that takes you all over the suburb the characters live in. Jeffery's triumph made me glow inside!! I was sorry when the last page was reached.

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