Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey...Read It NOW People...

Saturday July 2, 2011

Jasper Jones
by Craig Silvey
Alfred A. Knopf
Available now
I'm not going to spend a lot of time reviewing this one. There is so much praise out there why reinvent the wheel? Just Google it :) I will say I LOVED it, every single piece of it. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. Here's a great description I found on the web....If you still aren't satisfied, like I said Google the book and author and you'll find all the awards and starred reviews to your hearts content!

...Brilliant, funny, heartbreaking and whimsical – this novel from Craig Silvey is a stunning coming-of-age story that will strike a chord with readers of all ages. 

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.

Set during the summer of 1965-66, when Doug Walters scored his first Test century, a year after the Nedlands Monster was the last man hanged in WA, in the midst of the Vietnam War, and the same summer the Beaumont children disappeared from a beach near Adelaide, the characters in Jasper Jones will make you laugh, shock you to attention and stay in your heart forever.


J.O Jones said...

You seem to have a lot of books on your literary plate, lol. I love the feel of this blog, and your posts are amazing.I might pick up this book and see for myself. Now following you. Do pay my log a visit some time, and add a comment or to. But be careful, you might not want to leave. If you like, i would like to do a guest post, and maybe an author interview on your blog, thnks. http://theseven-piecestone.blogspot.com/