Usually, the genre I tend to lean towards are action, mystery, adventure, YA (young adults) and fantasy (well, it depends). Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, is a book I’m currently reading and I really enjoy it so far, although surprisingly the genre of the book really isn’t really in my area of interest- It fits itself more into realistic fiction?
Mister Pip explores the adventure of Matilda’s life and her relationship with “Pip” (from the Great Expectations!) on the island of Bougainville as there is a conflict between the villagers and the redskins (rebels). One day, she returns to school after her teacher left away from the war, Mr. Watts, their new teacher reads them daily the Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Matilda and her classmates soon begin to almost ‘share’ their life with Pip, especially Matilda because she grows more attached towards Pip and friendship seems to form between her and the character from the book.
“I had found a new friend. The surprising thing is where I’d found him – not up a tree or sulking in the shade, or splashing around in one of the hill streams, but in a book. No one had told us kids to look there for a friend. Or that you could slip inside the skin of another. Or travel to another place with marshes, and where, to our ears, the bad people spoke like pirates.” – Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, Matilda