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Y in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend Jeffrey LuAnd 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 curseIn 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 hear I'm going to be in a tiny mining town in Western Australia in a couple of weeks and as I was casting around my shelves looking for something relevant to read I stumbled on this which amazingly is set in a tiny mining town in Western Australia It's signed by the author and inscribed ‘Dear Warwick keep writing’ and there's a bookmark in it from Annie's Books in Peregian Beach ueensland I have absolutely no memory of acuiring itHmm Anyway it turns out to be an engaging little coming of age tale set in the mid 1960s It opens with a classic beautiful girl found dead scene and includes the usual roster of high school bullies teen romance small town mystery corrupt authorities and contemporary politics all bolstered with some nice descriptions of the surrounding landscape and its flora – lots of jarrahs and honkynuts paperbarks and snottygobblesAlthough the story is really very charming I found myself slightly frustrated The prose has a young adult feel; the writing is a bit light – I wanted everything to be denser and complicated somehow Occasionally he's downright clunkyI should turn my face and look away It's not for me to share But I'm eerily adhered This is torrid to watchThere are many references to Southern Gothic literature which Silvey clearly thinks makes a good analogue for the rural Australian scene – and it does – although seven references to Atticus Fitch makes your claims to be ‘the Australian To Kill A Mockingbird’ as it was obediently labelled by The Monthly among others a bit too obvious here we have the same mysterious house nearby whose inhabitant is known only by name the same noble and honest father the same race relations issues with Vietnamese substituted for African AmericanI liked the narrator's reflection after his first taste of cigarettes and whisky on how he had been let down by his literary heroesThis shit is poison And I realise I've been betrayed by the two vices that fiction promised me I'd adore Sal Paradise held up bottles of booze like a housewife in a detergent commercial Holden Caulfield reached for his cigarettes like an act of faith Even Huckleberry Finn tapped on his pipe with relief and satisfaction I can't trust anything If sex turns out to be this bad I'm never reading againI found it a bit light overall but if you just want a good read you should enjoy it a lot It would make a great movie

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Jasper JonesLate on a hot summer night in 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 CorriganRebellious mixed race and solitary Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie So when Jasper begs for his help Charlie eagerly ste This review is so overdue it’s not even funny any Actually it wasn’t funny to begin with so there goes my witty opening Things can only go down from here really I warn you If I was a liar I’d say I had left this review space to lie fallow so long because I was taking my time to process and analyse the novel to think Deep and Meaningful Thoughts and draft a serious and critical review But the honest truth is a I can procrastinate like nobody’s business and b I actually found the prospect of writing this review extremely daunting I happen to be one of those people who sees a bar set high not as a challenge but an excuse to slink away and pretend I was never there “Nothing to see here people just wimping out”And does Craig Silvey ever set the bar high SighsThere’s a precarious point between following the rules for writing and breaking the rules for writing where occasionally something uite brilliant is created I started trying to make a venn diagram to illustrate that point then realised I was just avoiding this review again And overall with a few unsteady moments I think that Jasper Jones hits that mark Of all those things I and others I suspect was taught to never do while writing Silvey has used them to craft something uite special a book that is less words on paper and a profoundly moving experience In the spirit of full disclosure I didn’t feel this way immediately From the first page I thought the writing was beautiful arresting But throughout the first couple of chapters and they’re long chapters I was conscious of a feeling that I wanted to hop outside of myself get behind my own brain and push like rolling a stone up a hill I was aware that what I was reading was good even great and that I was going to be rewarded in some way But despite Charlie and Jasper's grim discovery at the book’s opening there was also something arduous about it the way book meanders through its set up And call me un Australian haha but I’m afraid all that cricket talk went straight to the keeper and it was a bit of a slog for me to get through I realise that’s not a very auspicious way to begin a book But in hindsight I don’t think I would change a thing I think that it was necessary to create the layers of tension and subtext and relationships to create the drowsy yet unsettling atmosphere that make Jasper Jones what it is Which is unapologetic and brilliant In so many ways this is a story about growing up versus becoming an adult Charlie a bookish teen and Jasper marginalised due to his indigenous heritage are both outcasts that must grow up in a way that some of the adult characters never have Both are compelled to make life altering choices amid the deceptive uiet of life in a country town Silvey captures small town Australia so perfectly even so the social and political climate of the time This isn’t always easy to read After all this was a time period when the effects and attitudes of the White Australia Policy and assimilation were still very much imprinted on the consciousness of a nation – and the prejudice intolerance and outright cruelty that Aboriginal Australians and migrants were subjected to is disuieting It’s a brave move choosing not to paint 1960s Australia simply in strokes of fond nostalgia but to reveal the shades of racism and narrow mindedness that bred malice and ostracism It’s unflinchingly honest and thereby highlights the very real courage of its young protagonists who forge a bond in the face of a community that fears what it does not know Jasper Jones is a book that creeps into your stomach and stretches your nerves There’s a growing sense of unease seeping through the pages that belies the somewhat somnolent manner in which the story unfolds And as the true nature of the Corrigan’s secrets – Laura’s Jasper’s Eliza’s Mad Jack Lionel’s – begin to emerge it’s hard not to feel anxious and sick and entirely absorbed in this complex grey story Silvey weaves his backdrop of Corrigan with richly realised characters from Charlie’s sharp and unhappy mother to his effusive friend Jeffrey but it was Jasper that truly owns my heart Accepted nowhere but on the football field his was the story that touched me the most his rough words of insight that struck me with their truth the glimpses of his fear through his bravado that were heart rending He does not tell this story but it’s his presence that makes it what it is I feel like I say this a lot in reviews as some kind of caveat but I’m going to say it yet again this book won’t be for everyone The writing the subject matter and the technical aspects which the lovely Shirley does a far better job of discussing may not be eually accessible to all readers And I’ll be interested to see whether the Printz nomination garners this book a broader crossover audience as in Australia as far as I’m aware it’s generally marketed towards adults But there’s just something beautifully uniue about this book the way it doesn’t bend to conventional rules a very Australian essence distilled and concentrated so accuratelyAnd the final chilling scenes that wrap up this the story are so fitting and lingering that I think the closing image is possibly indelibly stamped on my brain Long after finishing this book I was still wrapped up in it the uestions it presented the threads that lay ambiguously untied The last star of my rating is for that ending alone Powerful and hauntingI just finished this on the tram this morning SpeechlessIntercontinental mass readalong of Jasper Jones

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PDF ´ BOOK Jasper Jones FREE ¹ EYLTRANSFERSERVICES Û ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Jasper Jones By Craig Silvey ❤ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Late on a hot summer night in 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 isAls into the night by his side terribly afraid but desperate to impress Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discoveryWith 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 nervousl And here we have another favourite that did not do it for meI don't know why books set in small Australian towns are so freaking dull I mean there's a murder mystery How do you turn that into boringIn this case tell the story from a 13 year old boy's POV and make him a philosophical little snot Don't forget to throw in a ton of Aussie slang and have the dialogue spelt incorrectly to convey a typical Aussie yobbo accent just for good measureWhat a yawn festThe plot Town pariah 14 year old Jasper Jones comes to nerd Charlie's window one night with a secret Charlie gets drawn in and suddenly finds himself uestioning everything in FKN EXISTENCE Instead of learning of the mystery surrounding The Body we get to hear about the racism directed towards Charlie's best friend Jeffrey and his Vietnamese family and how bitchy Charlie's mum is and how useless his dad is and how PERRRRTTY Eliza is and smells Yeah buddy that's not weird at all Also poor Jasper And cricket Don't forget cricketIt's another one of those novels where there is basically no action Unless you like cricket I myself had no fkn clue what was happening in those scenes do I look like the kind of person who follows cricket Honestly There is way too much talking and thinking and Charlie is selfish and petulant and sure a typical Aussie teenager really but he was just really painful to read Turns out I really don't care for being in the mind of a teenage boy Go figureThere are so many themes that it's kind of hard to get a grip on what the point is I mean obviously racism is a big thing but this is evident in the treatment of Jeffrey and his family rather than Jasper's being half aboriginal Tbh there's like one line regarding the latter and it made very little impact on the story It seemed to me Jasper was an outcast because of his behaviour and his home life than his ancestry I guess to me it felt like this book just bit off too many themes Then neatly wraps them all together at the end and you're just supposed to magically understand all the Big Ideas that have been thrown at you willy nilly in the past 400 odd pages Meanwhile my mind is still trying to figure out why Jasper is never referred to by just his first nameI get that this is a book beyond the story that this is about ideas and small people standing up to big people and small minds in small towns and injustice etc etc I GET IT But it is BORING to read about if nothing is actually happening Charlie just asks himself a bunch of uestions for pages at a time and it doesn't progress anything It's just monotonous and dull and it bored me so muchEven the ending took its sweet ass timeDid not work for me I was wise to avoid it for so long I read this as book 5 of my #dymocks52challenge refined You can read here